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Hi guys, I've been lurking around trying to find information. I'd like to make a computer around the $800 range that'll last me my next 4 years. Maybe I'll do mild OC if it's safe and easy, but I'm not necessarily looking of a speed demon OC build. To make it future-proof, I'm looking for usb3 and sata3 preferably.

What I have found/debating between are:
Build 1:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066 - Antec Three Hundred - See Price Below
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277 - G.SKILL 2x2GB DDR3 1600 - See Price Below
Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.406670 $149.97
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012 - CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W - See Price Below
MB: [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621/url] - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - See Price Below
Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.418893 $279.98 - $20 MIR = $259.98
CPU: Microcenter (I have one nearby) Intel Core i7 875K - $199.99
Video Card: XFX HD 5770 - $169.99 - $20 Code- DSS2560 - $18 BCB = $132 already bought
Total: ~$742

Build 2:
Intel i7-930 - $200 Mircocenter
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066 Antec Three Hundred - See Price Below
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231225 G.Skill 3x2GB DDR3 1600 - See Price Below
Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.406668 $199.44
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012 CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W - $120-20MIR = $100
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128423 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $210
$132 graphics same thing
Total : ~$842
so, that's $100+ more for the 930 processor and 2 gb of more RAM and a different mobo. Do you think that's worth the difference? Also, I read there are problems with the GA-X58A-UD3R. Is disabling C1E going to severely screw me over in the long run/or should I look at other mobos. Thanks!
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I'd take the first build honestly.
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i havent seen alot of things about the 875K.

i would totally prefer the 1366 build if i were to do it.
its going to last longer and you can take it farther. it has some extra features that is i were dropping that much i would go for.

i have built many machines with the GA-X58A-UD3R and and gskill memory or 3gb , they all have worked flawlessly. so i can vouch personally to the second build.

did you have thoughts yourself from reading up on this?
    
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Gonna be hard to boot up without a drive... Personally, I think that the second build would be more future proof.
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Go With build one with a locked processor to save yourself a bit of money and put it towards a second 5770. If your not going to buy a aftermarket heat sink, playing with i7 875K at stock would be a waste.

I7 930s with triple channel is for people with a larger budget and have extra graphic muscle to go with it.
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Can't you get the i7 860 for the same price as the 875k? The unlocked multi is a bit worthless. The chips OC about the same as the locked ones. That being said, I'd go with the X58 -IF- you found a cheaper board at around $150 which should be easily doable. USB3 and SATA3 just aren't worth it yet in my opinion.

Maybe check around the used section of OCN?

Edit: Oh wait. I didn't realize the 875ks have HT. Go with that one I suppose.
Edited by Jyr - 6/11/10 at 8:23am
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Gonna be hard to boot up without a drive... Personally, I think that the second build would be more future proof.
yeah... I don't count that in my budget. I was gonna look for a Western Digital caviar black and some random optical

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Go With build one with a locked processor to save yourself a bit of money and put it towards a second 5770. If your not going to buy a aftermarket heat sink, playing with i7 875K at stock would be a waste.

I7 930s with triple channel is for people with a larger budget and have extra graphic muscle to go with it.
With a Microcenter nearby, the i7-860 and 875K are each $200, then i5-750 at $180. Is the 875K worth it/better than the 860? what aftermarket cooling would you suggest for easy overclocking?
and yes, I'm thinking of saving up and grabbing another 5770 in the future

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Can't you get the i7 860 for the same price as the 875k? The unlocked multi is a bit worthless. The chips OC about the same as the locked ones. That being said, I'd go with the X58 -IF- you found a cheaper board at around $150 which should be easily doable. USB3 and SATA3 just aren't worth it yet in my opinion.
any suggestions for boards? I was thinking of ASRock X58 Extreme
Edited by quidproqu0 - 6/11/10 at 8:23am
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I would suggest your second build. The 1366 gives you a bit more for your money. The 6GB in triple channel is how that system is meant to run. For the little increase in cost, you'd get a significant boost in performance. The 930's from the Microcenter I've got locally have been amazing overclockers. Have you checked the batch #'s against any of the lists here to see how your compares?
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Originally Posted by quidproqu0 View Post
With a Microcenter nearby, the i7-860 and 875K are each $200, then i5-750 at $180. Is the 875K worth it/better than the 860? what aftermarket cooling would you suggest for easy overclocking?
and yes, I'm thinking of saving up and grabbing another 5770 in the future
If you have a Microcenter you can easily pick up a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ for around $20, it should allow above average overclocking.
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I would go for a slightly more powerful PSU so that you have the opportunity to go CF or SLI in the future should you decide to. One of the most regrettable decisions I made when building my computer is not giving myself hte option to go for SLI or CF. PSUs last forever, so even if you think yuo'll want bigger 5 years from now, just get it now.

Same deal with case, they last forever so if you think you will want a nicer case several years from now then you might as well just take care of it now.

That's all my input, I'm sure whatever you do you will enjoy the end product .


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