New Lynnfield setup

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  1. EF2
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    Well, all this new CPU talk sounds pretty interesting (especially Intel's "Turbo Mode"), so maybe I'll upgrade my computer once 7 is released.

    Here's what I'd get right now.

    Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail

    Intel BOXDP55KG LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-GP - Retail
    - $479.98


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail - $89.99


    Subtotal: $569.97

    Not too bad IMO, but I might miss 8 GB for a while. Now if only Nvidia or ATI would take similar strides in power efficiency like Intel, I'd be all set.
     
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    I've been reading on the changes Intel made in the 8xx series vs the 9xx series. It's going to be a interesting few years if they manage to combine both advantages in the 2 cpu series. And yes.. ATI and Nvidia need a serious lesson on efficiency. Just got an Asus 275 and had to spring for a psu and case. The damned thing is almost a foot long.
     
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    What is the difference between the two, for the record? Considering the prices, you'd think the 8xx series is better, but the numbers, not so much...

    I haven't really looked into the technical details yet though.
     
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    The 8xx series uses the new Lynnfield design, which seems to be more mainstream. If you take a brief look at the article in my OP, you'd see the following:
    • less pins (1156 vs 1366)
    • onboard PCIe link
    • "normal" two channel DDR3 (vs triple channel)
    • smaller TDP
    • cheaper
     
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    The 860 is the same price as the 920. How does the performance compare when benchmarked?
     
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    Radeon 5870 for the power efficiency, plus in Crossfire they pwn the GTX 295 all over the floor, and a single card beats the GTX 285 anyway. And they're cheap.

    That setup sounds fun! Personally I think the i5 is the way to go though, unless you're just looking to top a piece of paper. Actually using it you're not going to see a huge difference between the i5 and i7 except on a benchmark.

    And personally I don't like the ripjaws series because of mobo compatibility and finicky-ness but there are so many RAM choices it matters not at all, that's the price point of them all basically.
     
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    The new Radeons don't seem to be all that power efficient. At least, I can't find anything on it.
     
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