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Ok, long time lurker first time poster.

I like to run about a million things at once and have my games run SMOOTH. The current plus side of the i7-980x seems to be in things I would not use in general PC usage / gaming. Question always is, 'but are they going to include 6 core processing support in app's and games soon'?

I have BOTH cpu's currently, debating on which to send back. This is on air cooling so max clock (ignoring the fact of the extra 2 core's on the i7-980x) is roughly the same.

Below you will see my build with some questions for comments!

Side note: this makes a diff to some people, the i7-980x is OEM (with a lucky special case of full rights to return for full refund - not typical of an OEM buy). OEM CPU's have always made me nervous.

Build:
CPU: i7-980x or i7-930 !!!??
CPU Heatsink/Fan: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED

Mem: 12GB Kingston Hyper-X T1 DDR3 2000

HDDrimary: 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Sata III

HDD:Secondary:640GB WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 64MB Cache Sata III or WD 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD (have both, might use both might not. This will be the first system in many many years I have/will not performed a raid setup. There are only 2 Sata III ports on the board, one to be taken by the SSD. I also have the options of using Sata II 250GB Barracuda's for mirror backups on the regular Sata II (I seem to have a plethora of the Seagate drives).

MB: Asus P6X58D

Video Cardrimary: GTX 480 on order (I know this card is about $50-$100 dollars overpriced but I have a LARGE preference to Nvidia).

Video Card:Secondary: For Nvidia Physics: 8800 GT SC or GTX 285 2GB (I have both, I think the 285 will be going through EVGA's step up for a hope at a 2nd 480 though). For those of you who have tried / tested this , any input on actually offloading Physics to a secondary card?

Case: Antec 1200
PSU: Antec CP-1000w

That is it for important stuff. If you took the time to read this, you rock
Edited by d0rkb0y - 3/30/10 at 8:30am
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Do you really run a million things simutaneously? Do you do modeling or risk analysis? If so, you might want to look into GPGPU processing instead.... If you actually mean you have a dozen applications open at once, then you need to define what's running and how much memory+processing is needed.


The only applications that need 12 virtual cores are server, workstation, video-encoding, and other high-end work. Games just now really using 4 cores so 12 cores is out of the picture for at least 3 more years.
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Keep it or your e-peen will shrivle up. And it's also future proofing.
    
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Originally Posted by TurboHertz View Post
Keep it or your e-peen will shrivle up. And it's also future proofing.
If you're going spend $1000 for a 3 year future proof CPU... you would be better off spend $500 now and getting a new system 2 years from now with money saved.
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980x is a complete waste over the 920 or 930 for the regular user/gamer/overclocker... Yes it would be nice to have, but very wasteful money wise.
    
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Thanks for the input so far! I DO want to future proof myself but at the same time, I know I will upgrade within a few years. There is throwing money at your builds and then there is throwing money away. I don't mind throwing money at the builds, but throwing it away is a bad bad thing. I am worried that is what I am doing with the 980x.

Ducky: I am one of those people who likes to USE their computer and not care about processes (ok well as long as I know what each of them are and I don't run bloatware). I do NOT use this for work other than basic stuff (VPN/RDP/Office/Network stuff/Citrix) so no heavy use (cpu) there. I DO on the other hand run an average of 110 processes (NOT under full load). IE: people say anything over 4GB of ram is currently a waste, well right now not under any heavy load I am USING 4GB of ram (4GB free - 8GB total in old build). This should give you an idea how resource heavy I can be. I believe in having a powerful computer so my whims and ways are fast and I don't have to worry about streamlining startup etc (ignoring of course the usual techie edits we all do)
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post #7 of 75
If you can afford it and getting a 980 wont affect your ability to pay rent/mortgage/food/clothing/savings/etc, then i say get it.
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930 is going to be plenty for the gaming you do right now. 6gigz of ram is enough as well . As far as " future proofing " build a pc for the now save the rest of the money for your future build. Unless you want an "Overkill" which is fine then get the 980x.
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agreed with Isudvm.
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I can't advise of either over the 920 if you just game. Sorry the 930 sucks. The 22x multiplier is total dog anus. Save yourself some cash and go 920.
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