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Hey,

I currently have a 1156 setup utilizing the P7P55D board, an i5 750, Corsair H50, 500GB 16MB Segate 7200.11 drives in RAID 0, two Diamond 6870 1GB cards, 4Gb G.Skill 1333 RAM, a generic DVD burner and a Corsair 750W-TX power supply stuffed inside a Coolermaster HAF 932.

I am selling this computer for $1600 (and keeping one of the 6870s) because I am very unhappy with the board's lack of at least 8x/8x Crossfire. I am looking to go up to either Sandybridge or Nehalem but I'm not totally sure what parts to put in.

The two builds I am most interested are:

SANDYBRIDGE
Processori7 2600k $335
MotherboardASUS p8p67$240 EDIT: This is actually the P8P67 Deluxe
MemoryG.Skill 8GB $83
Video GTX 580 $262 (I would return the remaining 6870)
SSD2x Vertex 2 50GB $240
Power750W $120
Case800D $300
Storage1.0TB RAID 1 (have it)

Total(after 13% HST): $1,785

NEHALEM
Processori7 950$310
Motherboard P6X58D-E$225
Memory G.Skill 12GB$130
Video GTX 580$262(I would return the remaining 6870)
SSD Vertex 2 Raid 0 $240
Power 750W $120
Case 800D $300
Storage1.0TB RAID 1 (have it)


Total (after 13% HST): $1,793


I plan on using this computer for gaming (1080p panel), photo/video editing, web development, C# coding and running virtualized OS X for the iPhone SDK.
As of yet I am completely new to overclocking but am interested in learning about watercooling and overclocking, and may build a custom loop at some point in the near future.

Any thoughts on which platform is best suited for me?

P.S. I'll probably hold off on buying the Corsair 800D as my employer has accommodations for some Corsair parts.

Thanks for all of your help! I hope this was the right section.
Edited by adaub7282 - 1/29/11 at 8:21pm
post #2 of 7
hmm, I have the P7P55D-E Premium, is the model that different. Mine is 8x/8x Crossfire and SLi.
Lexa
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 661 P7P55D-E Premium NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD caviar 500 GB LG DVD R+- Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit/Linux lite ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G510 Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W NZXT Lexa Logitech G9x 
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Lexa
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Core i5 661 P7P55D-E Premium NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD caviar 500 GB LG DVD R+- Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit/Linux lite ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G510 Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W NZXT Lexa Logitech G9x 
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post #3 of 7
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Yeah, unfortunately the baseline P7P55D board that I have is 16x/4x and I get little to no performance gain while in crossfire.

The old setup isn't the issue anymore because the offer on the table ($1600) is more than I paid for it Just an excuse to upgrade to something shiny!
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First of all SB is the newer tech, lower power, lower temps. the 1366 socket is slowly dying as the new LGA 2011 is coming. i7 2600k is the best choice for overclocks as it features a unlocked multiplier which very important because it enables overclocking without increasing the bclk.

as for your suggested build i reckon the Sandy Bridge is a go. only gripes i have with it is the need for two SSDs? i reckon u should dump one and buy a cheap samsung 2tb or something for a data drive. for a mobo yeh Asus P8P67-Pro or something around there is decent. ASUS makes good mobos so no worries there. other than that go ahead with the Sandy Bridge build and dont forget to buy an aftermarket cpu cooler. I suggest the prolimatech megahalem bear in mind they dont come with fans so you need buy them seperately. with that you can easily hit 4ghz+ and over maybe 5ghz.

your welcome.
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Thanks, only deterrant to SB is the PCI-E limitations of (8x/8x), I'd like to have full the full 16x/16x if possible.

The rationale behind the 2 SSDs is more of a storage thing, the performance increase is a fringe benefit. I can't really get by with 50GB for programs and games but I am certainly set with the additional drive.

I doubt I'll be running SLi/CrossfireX, especially if I slam a $500 video card into this machine, but I like having the headroom if I do decide to go crazy.

The main drive for me to go 1155 is the overclocking potential, and it's making it more and more appealing the more I look into it.
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Thanks, only deterrant to SB is the PCI-E limitations of (8x/8x), I'd like to have full the full 16x/16x if possible.

The rationale behind the 2 SSDs is more of a storage thing, the performance increase is a fringe benefit. I can't really get by with 50GB for programs and games but I am certainly set with the additional drive.

I doubt I'll be running SLi/CrossfireX, especially if I slam a $500 video card into this machine, but I like having the headroom if I do decide to go crazy.

The main drive for me to go 1155 is the overclocking potential, and it's making it more and more appealing the more I look into it.
trust me it is a better idea to go with 1155, x8/x8 and x16/x16 wont really make a incredible difference in gaming. having a good cpu so its futureproof and overclocks well is well worth it. just go ahead with the 1155 socket, i7 2600k it wont be a bad choice.
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Okay, the build as it stands now:

SANDYBRIDGE
Processori7 2600k $335
MotherboardASUS p8p67$240 EDIT: This is actually the P8P67 Deluxe
MemoryG.Skill 8GB $83
Video Will run 6870 until return policy is about to run out (25 days) then return for 6970, 6990 or GTX 580
SSDUno OCZ Vertex 2 50GB $120 If space becomes an issue, I'll grab another
Power750W $120
CaseWill wait to here back from corsair regarding accomodation and run OB in meantime.

As for watercooling, I am completely in the dark. Any good information as to where to start, where to buy (Canada) and what to buy would be outstanding!

Thanks for all of your help.
Storage1.0TB RAID 1 (have it)

Total(after 13% HST): $1,015 (need to buy Case, SSD, new GPU and possibly watercooling kit at a later time)
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