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...with the help of the OCN community.

I'm looking to build a fast yet QUIET PC for a friend. He isn't really a gamer but would still like a rig that can perform good enough for today's games. His primary usage for it will be for just general use, blu ray and stock trading applications like tradestation. A quiet build is the goal but function is still top priority. With a strict $1200 budget, my plan is to go with an i7 950 because I believe that I can get a better bang for the buck system. However, I still can't help considering going the Sandy bridge route because it appears to be a very good chip with all the hype it's been getting but lack of mobo support is a big turn off =/. So which should I go with, sandy bridge or stick with the 950?

My list so far:

CPU: Sandy or i7 950
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium
GPU: Galaxy GTX 460 for now... (already purchased)
Case: Antec P183 or 193 can't decide which
Ram: G.Skill Pi 3x2gb Cas 7 (wow is ram getting cheaper?)
CPU Cooler: undecided, was going to go with an H70 but I have one myself and wasn't too impressed with the performance.
Fans: undecided, but from what I understand 900-1300 rpm fans are ideal for quiet setups
Bluray/drives: SONY Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BD-5300S-0B
Harddrive: undecided, would like to have the OS running on SSD and a secondary for media, etc. Perhaps an hitachi or samsung as the secondary but no clue for SSD.
PSU: Mushkin Enhanced Joule MKNPS1000-A 1000W (already purchased) I was a bit iffy on getting this PSU but couldn't pass up the deal!

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 11
To be honest, in my experience, the AMD Phenom II X6 peforms better than the Intel i7 950. But if you are set on an Intel processor I would still suggest going for the Intel Core i7-2600K. It is arguably one of the best gaming processors on the market with a great clock speed and plenty of room for overclocking.
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If your just playing games, definitely get the sandybridge 2500k. You don't need the 2600k because games don't take use of hyper threading, and its 100$ cheaper. If you do encoding and editing get the 2600k. It performs better than the i7 950, and close to 980x performance. Not only that, the new sandy bridge cpus runs relatively cool, has higher clock for clock, and overclocks very well. There isn't much reason to get the i7 950 because the 1366 socket is now dead.
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Sandy Bridge

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Go with SB, don't go AMD. For god's sake, don't go AMD.
    
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Okay SB it is lol. Thanks everyone. But aren't there only dual channel memory mobo's available for it? I just hope I can still keep it at $1200.
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post #7 of 11
Dual channel memory is a limitation of the sandy bridge architecture, not motherboards. It also actually offers higher bandwith than tripple channel memory on a 1st gen i7 due to how the arcitecture is designed, so no need to worry about that. Get a decent brand kit, 6gb (2x3gb sticks) and if affordable go 1600mhz.
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Thread Starter 
^^ Ah, thanks for explaining that... Well SB sounds fantastic, but recently i've been hearing about some issues with SB or SB mobos? What's the deal on that?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by semajha View Post
Okay SB it is lol. Thanks everyone. But aren't there only dual channel memory mobo's available for it? I just hope I can still keep it at $1200.
Figure about 400.00 give or take a bit for a 2500k and MOBO. I couldn't wait to build my computer and due to the recent small intel issue I went with a i7 950. I don't regret it at all =) I couldn't be more happy with the build.

Also here is some of the other info on what is going on with sandy bridge.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...ly-thanks.html
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post #10 of 11
if you decide to get the i7 950, you can find the processor on microcenter $199
    
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