Re: Building a new system, need some advice.
With a 300 dollar limit on motherboard and CPU, Core i7 is the only way to go now that DDR3 is reasonably priced. 6Gb of DDR3 1600 is well under 100 bucks now.
Originally Posted by George Cifranci
If you want to get the full "bang for buck" out of a Core i7 for a more workstation-y build, then a 920 + Gigabyte EX58-UD3R or MSI X58 Pro are the 2 cheapest, but from trust worthy manufacturers, and are the 2 bang for buck champions of X58. They trade blows in features and price. The MSI has 6 ram slots, the Gigabyte overclocks better on average, etc., etc...
Both boards now offer SLI support, even to the vanilla versions. Gigabyte at least even officially added SLI to the vanilla version while the MSI requires a warranty voiding flash to the SLI versions bios.
Core i7 920 -289.99
Gigabyte UD3R -189.99
6Gb DDR3 1600 - 100.00 (there is cheaper 1600mhz then this, but this is the level where the lower latency versions begin)
With that build, things like Photochop and video editing/encoding/decoding will be blisteringly fast and stays below the 600 you set for CPU+mobo to net some bang for buck value back from the premium CPU generational cost.
Edit: There is ONE X58 motherboard out there that is cheaper then the Gigabyte and MSI offerings. And nobody has wanted to be the guiney pig for that beasty. Zotac makes it. Last time I checked, it had been on Newegg for a few months by that point, it still had zero user reviews. It was like people avoided it like the plague. Scary stuff. Spend the extra few bucks on one of the other 2 previously mentioned boards would be my recommendation based on the current complete lack of info on it.
Last edited by GregManning; 04-09-2009 at 09:33 PM.
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