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    Red face i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    So much choice right at the moment, normally I have no hassle deciding on hardware for my own PC but this time round it's different.

    Thinking I'd better upgrade to one of the new ATI cards soon, but that can wait a wee while. Was going to SLI GTX 260s as I have one already, but thinking that's not going to be the best option in the long run...

    So..

    Mainly trying to decide on the right socket. I'm not 100% sure on the PIC-e x16 situation with 1156, can you have two cards running at x16 or does the 2nd card run at x8? That shouldn't be an issue anyway because I'm not really looking at SLI but I don't seem to be able to find a solid answer on this.

    As far as I can tell, ignoring graphics cause I'll only have one card anyway, the main advantage to getting a 1366 socket setup is the ability to use triple channel RAM. From looking at benchmarks the gain doesn't look to be a lot, but the jump in cost is noticeable.

    Not looking for a super computer, just a very grunty one. Will be running Win7 Pro x64. Very interested in your thoughts on the following system, and suggestions/reasons why different hardware would be better.

    Motherboard

    CPU

    RAM

    Graphics (later on, and Asus)

    CPU Cooling

    Looking to spend around $1500 - $1600 on CPU, Motherboard and RAM.

    + heaps of karma (in the nonexistent system) for anyone who schools me.

    Edit - if there is a good CPU cooler that's a bit sexier I wouldn't mind that...

    Oh, and a SSD for the OS.
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Quote Originally Posted by wratterus View Post
    Mainly trying to decide on the right socket.
    I'll only have one card anyway, the main advantage to getting a 1366 socket setup is the ability to use triple channel RAM.

    Motherboard

    CPU

    RAM

    Graphics (later on, and Asus)

    CPU Cooling

    .
    1156, because it will take either,and triple ram is not worth bothering about.
    And post the details, I can't be bothered clicking on several links to go see what you chose.
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Fair enough PC.

    Motherboard - Asus Maximus III Formula

    CPU - Intel i7 860 Lynnfield

    RAM - Corsair Dominator 4x 2GB DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24

    Graphics - (when Asus releases the card) ATI Radeon 5850 1GB
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Ive got that cpu, im yet to find a use for its grunt. Any reason your splashin out on the mobo? Mine overclocks to 3.8 fine and I have no idea what im doin in the new bios layout but im told 4 is easy and id believe that.

    Save some bucks on the mobo I reckon, but CPU good choice

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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Cheers for that Huey.

    There's a lot I like about that mobo, I know it's pretty dear and rather overkill-y.

    I like the idea of the separate sound card for two reasons - should be better quality sound and there's more room on the mobo back panel for other plugs.

    Heaps of USB on the back, I'm always running out. Heaps of SATA, a lot of boards only have 6 or so ports, not enough for me. 8+ is a must. I like doing everything possible on the board (without PCI cards and the like) the less cabling running from front to rear the better, for looks and for airflow.

    Would you have a mobo in mind? P7P55D Pro / Deluxe?
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Theres nothing wrong with the board, if I had the money I would of got one. But everything seems a little overkill atm. But if you've got the money then why not lol

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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Haha yeah. After looking at the P7P55D PRO that Maximus board just seems silly now.

    Think that might be a better bet. Can put the saved $$$ towards a SSD.
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    Right - updated. Will purchase this lot in the next few weeks unless anyone else has a good reason why I should buy some different hardware. I know Sol is very knowledgeable on SSDs would be interested to see what he thought was a good drive.

    Motherboard - Asus P7P55D Pro

    CPU - Intel i7 860 Lynnfield

    RAM - Corsair Dominator 4x 2GB DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24

    SSD - Intel X25-M G2 80GB

    Total - $1770 ish
    Last edited by wratterus; 23-10-2009 at 12:44 PM.
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    If you want 8 satas, this has 8 sata ports i think

    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/comp...sp?partid=9856
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    Default Re: i5, i7, 1156, 1366, dual channel, triple channel, I can't decide!

    I had this exact decision to make this week upgrading my personnel PC.

    I went with 1366 for a few reasons.

    *The new 6+ cores next year will not support 1156 only 1366.
    *8X8X PCIE with CF & SLI configs on 1156, really could be a issue with next gen cards,where 1366 is 16x16
    *There triple channel mem (low on the careometer).
    *1366 Does slightly perform better than 1156 widely accepted.

    Being a fairly heavy Overclocker the following caused me mild concern with the current 1156. The GENERAL belief is this will not be a issue for mild OC or stock clocked rigs, BUT no one knows for sure yet.

    http://anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3661
    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1460140

    On the down side my 1366 rig cost me about $150 more to buy and power/heat is a little higher than 1156 (ill hug a tree to make up for it :P)

    So 1366 baby!!.

    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/comp...sp?partid=8232

    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/comp...sp?partid=7487

    oh I have a Intel Intel X25-M G2 80GB on the way, ill let you know my opinion.

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