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Old 10-18-2009, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default All Other Things Being Equal, i7 920 or 860?

Currently getting back up to speed on all this stuff in preparation for a new build. I can either go with the 920 for $200 processor/$170 motherboard, or 860 for $230processor/$140 motherboard, both combos costing the same, and all other components would be identical, so the only difference in price would be triple channel memory (6GB) vs dual channel memory (4GB) making the 860 system marginally cheaper. I'm sure I could find a cheaper motherboard for the 860, but I'm trying to stay away from microATX or anything that has a habit of being delivered DOA.

From the benchmarks I have seen, the 860 scores higher than the 920 on all but a couple of tests, but only scores marginally higher for the most part which the 920 should overcome with even the slightest overclocking. But then the 860 consumes 20-30 watts less that the 920 which is a plus for me, but not a deal breaker or anything.

At this point I'm stuck, trying to decide between the two setups.
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Default Re: All Other Things Being Equal, i7 920 or 860?

What do you plan to do with the computer. You could save more money and go with an i5 750.
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Default Re: All Other Things Being Equal, i7 920 or 860?

In a choice between the two i would choose the i7. Better upgade prospects, faster memory/more upgrade room, arguably better overclocking, more multi-gpu options.

Its really a pretty close fight, but it comes down to the fact that although the 860 can score a bit higher [basically thanks to its auto-overclocking] the 920/x58 is actually a higher end system.
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Default Re: All Other Things Being Equal, i7 920 or 860?

They're both i7's... One is socket 1156, and the other 1366. The 920 is the better buy, and the reason is because triple channel support for the boards, and the extra 2GB isn't a huge price jump, at around $21 for the RAM I priced. You get better upgrade options in the future.

Newegg.com - OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK - Desktop Memory ($84 + $20MIR = $64, plus shipping)

Newegg.com - OCZ Obsidian 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory ($115 + $30MIR = $85, plus shipping)
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Default Re: All Other Things Being Equal, i7 920 or 860?

Lol, oops - obviously i meant to include i7 920.
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Lol, oops - obviously i meant to include i7 920.
Yeah, yeah. I knew you did, but not sure if anyone else reading this would.
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i7 920 FTW
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What they said ^^ ( i7 920)
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