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    thinking of putting together a pc box for home. from experience i have realised choosing the right cpu and motherboard is very important as cpu is generally the most expensive part of the setup hence needs to be carefully picked, i tend to belive in the latest and greatest but not pay rediculous price. motherboard is also as important since cheap ones can die quickly because the life on the capacitors and cheap ref cercuitry. so i want your help to choose which processor to get from the latest intel family, (pref i7 but open for suggestions) been looking at intel i7 960.

    I am really stuck with motherboards. i dont know which brand to go for because id really like one that will last atleast 5 years or so. also which chipset is the best?. i dont think ill ever do sli or crossfire.

    i use my computer atleast 6 hours a day and its on 24/7. i only play 1 or 2 sports games thats about it for gaming. but it can be used for things like video conversion, hd playback, may go into bluray ripping in future once its cheaply available. word/pdf processing ( may have 10 docx/pdf open at a time). heavly multitasking.

    please suggest me a cpu and motherboard which will best suit my description.

    thanks alot.

    btw its a 2k budget. i already have a silverstone case, so the budget is for cpu, mobo, graphic card, 1tb hdd. psu, memory
    * i7 930 & Corsair H70 Hydro Cooling
    * Asus P6X58D Premium
    * 3 x 2GB DDR3-1600
    * 1X 1 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s + 1X SG 320 Sata 3 GB/s
    * Unknown SATA DVD/RW
    * Corsair 850W PSU
    * Asus 1GB EAH5850
    * Windows 7 64Bit
    * MS Security Essential

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    Default Re: new pc build help

    Asus or gigabyte motherboards I personally prefer Asus but the techs on here often go for gigabyte as well

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    There is absolutely no need to go for any i7 CPUs higher than 920/930. The 920/930 are already highly overclockable by themselves, and will easily surpass even a $1500 975 when overclocked over 3.33GHz (which the 920/930 can easily do). All you need is a $130 aftermarket cooler and you'll even be able to OC it to around 4GHz.

    Motherboard - go for Asus or Gigabyte for best value. Can't go wrong with either. Asus P6T or Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R are great budget level X58 motherboards at around $350. Since you don't really play games a Radeon 5770 at around $260 should suffice.

    A 6GB DDR3 1600 kit can be had for around $300. Any brand will do really, most on the market are good stuff - OCZ, GSkill, Corsair, Kingston etc.

    I would get a 650W Corsair or Antec for your build. Think they're just over $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qazwsxokmijn View Post
    There is absolutely no need to go for any i7 CPUs higher than 920/930. The 920/930 are already highly overclockable by themselves, and will easily surpass even a $1500 975 when overclocked over 3.33GHz (which the 920/930 can easily do). All you need is a $130 aftermarket cooler and you'll even be able to OC it to around 4GHz.

    Motherboard - go for Asus or Gigabyte for best value. Can't go wrong with either. Asus P6T or Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R are great budget level X58 motherboards at around $350. Since you don't really play games a Radeon 5770 at around $260 should suffice.

    A 6GB DDR3 1600 kit can be had for around $300. Any brand will do really, most on the market are good stuff - OCZ, GSkill, Corsair, Kingston etc.

    I would get a 650W Corsair or Antec for your build. Think they're just over $200.
    is there any i5 close to the i7 spec
    * i7 930 & Corsair H70 Hydro Cooling
    * Asus P6X58D Premium
    * 3 x 2GB DDR3-1600
    * 1X 1 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s + 1X SG 320 Sata 3 GB/s
    * Unknown SATA DVD/RW
    * Corsair 850W PSU
    * Asus 1GB EAH5850
    * Windows 7 64Bit
    * MS Security Essential

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    If you use programs that can make use of multiple cores, I'd go with a hexacore AMD. No need for much in the way of graphics. If you're only lightly gaming a 5770/5750 should do the trick. You could put whole lot together for not much over a grand, most likely.

    I often have 10+ word docs open at work with my Pentium 4 at work. Video encoding and blu-ray ripping will definitely benifit from higher clocks and, to a lesser extent, from more cores.

    Capacitors aren't as much of an issue as they used to be, so I wouldn't worry about getting less from a cheap motherboard. All you'll lose are "extra" features that you're not likely to use. 21 PCI-E x 128 ports, 512 channel surround sound and USB7.1 aren't really worth the extra cash for the average joe, IMO. Whatever you do though, don't try and save money on non-name brand PSU's.

    The amount of time your computer is on with you using it is neither here nor there.
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    Default Re: new pc build help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thebananamonkey View Post

    Capacitors aren't as much of an issue as they used to be, so I wouldn't worry about getting less from a cheap motherboard. All you'll lose are "extra" features that you're not likely to use. 21 PCI-E x 128 ports, 512 channel surround sound and USB7.1 aren't really worth the extra cash for the average joe, IMO.
    I'd stick with ASUS or Gigabyte. They have a range - mATX, minimal features right up to full ATX with all features, so you can choose according to budget and needs, but stick with the good brands.
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    $2K budget will get you a lot these days.
    I would go for the i5 750 as it is very similar to the i7 920 on performance and cheaper too.
    using the 1156 chipset from either asus or gigabyte motherboards will also save you money instead of going for the more expensive P58 chipsets.
    you can then spend the money on Graphics and storage.
    Radeon 5series graphics cards have eyefinity which will enable to you connect 3 monitors simultaneously (3 monitor wide screen, how cool would that be?)

    Well thats my opinion anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wok View Post
    $2K budget will get you a lot these days.
    I would go for the i5 750 as it is very similar to the i7 920 on performance and cheaper too.
    using the 1156 chipset from either asus or gigabyte motherboards will also save you money instead of going for the more expensive P58 chipsets.
    you can then spend the money on Graphics and storage.
    Radeon 5series graphics cards have eyefinity which will enable to you connect 3 monitors simultaneously (3 monitor wide screen, how cool would that be?)

    Well thats my opinion anyway.
    only concern of going with i5 is that its socket 1156, it wont be future proof. as this socket will be discontinued very soon.
    * i7 930 & Corsair H70 Hydro Cooling
    * Asus P6X58D Premium
    * 3 x 2GB DDR3-1600
    * 1X 1 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s + 1X SG 320 Sata 3 GB/s
    * Unknown SATA DVD/RW
    * Corsair 850W PSU
    * Asus 1GB EAH5850
    * Windows 7 64Bit
    * MS Security Essential

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebananamonkey View Post
    If you use programs that can make use of multiple cores, I'd go with a hexacore AMD. No need for much in the way of graphics. If you're only lightly gaming a 5770/5750 should do the trick. You could put whole lot together for not much over a grand, most likely.

    I often have 10+ word docs open at work with my Pentium 4 at work. Video encoding and blu-ray ripping will definitely benifit from higher clocks and, to a lesser extent, from more cores.

    Capacitors aren't as much of an issue as they used to be, so I wouldn't worry about getting less from a cheap motherboard. All you'll lose are "extra" features that you're not likely to use. 21 PCI-E x 128 ports, 512 channel surround sound and USB7.1 aren't really worth the extra cash for the average joe, IMO. Whatever you do though, don't try and save money on non-name brand PSU's.

    The amount of time your computer is on with you using it is neither here nor there.
    usb7.1 lmao. yeh no way i will go for non-branded psu. ill prob get antec, corsair
    * i7 930 & Corsair H70 Hydro Cooling
    * Asus P6X58D Premium
    * 3 x 2GB DDR3-1600
    * 1X 1 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s + 1X SG 320 Sata 3 GB/s
    * Unknown SATA DVD/RW
    * Corsair 850W PSU
    * Asus 1GB EAH5850
    * Windows 7 64Bit
    * MS Security Essential

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    Default Re: new pc build help

    Id look at this

    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/comp...p?partid=11795

    and this

    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/comp...p?partid=11830

    Save yourself $400 by grabbing the 930 Processor and do a VERY modest overclock to 3.2Ghz you can do with your eyes closed. The 930 wont even blink at 3.2Ghz it will say stuff like "Is that all you got, bring it!!"



    Shop around for prices of course.
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