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Can anyone please help.

Computer Case Cooler Master HAF-932
CPU Intel Core i7 965 (3.2GHz) 8 MB 6.4GT/s
Motherboard Asus P6T Deluxe V2 (Intel X58)
Memory Corsair 3GB XMS3 (3x1GB) 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 - 512 MB - DVI/VGA/HDMI (Palit)
Power Supply Cooler Master 850W Real Power M Active
Hard Drive 1 750 GB SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 32MB
Sound Card Motherboard Integrated 7.1 Sound
CPU Heatsink Cooler Master V8 - Silent
Monitor Samsung 24" (SM2443BW) Widescreen DVI/VGA - 5 MS

This spec come from computerplanet.co.uk. I'm a very conservative buyer. I change my pc every 5-6 years that is why I'm after with a bit of high specs to make it "future proof". At the moment this PC cost £1,883.64 and I wanted to make it less expensive as possible. I'm not planning to OC this PC.

Use for PC:

Video Editting, Application Development, Photoshop, and maybe games.


My questions are:

1) From reviews HAF-932 is a good case is the intel stock fan enough?
2) Is I7-975 or 950 worth the wait?
3) Is the motherboard enough for the said CPU?

Please help. I will very much appreciate it.

Many Thanks,

Roberto.
 

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don't bother with the 965, just get a 920 and oc it, you could afford to kill it twice before the costs go over the 965. or if you don't want to oc there won't be a major loss anyway.

also if your not oc'ing it then there is no point in an aftermarket cooler.

tbh, with that budget, build it yourself, with a 940, a GTX 275, 12gb of ram, a corsair 750w psu, and a caviar black 1tb HDD. that will run you about £1200 and already beats that build.
 

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Finally, somebody has replied to my post. :(

Thank you very much Helloworld_98. I'm just wondering, some forums said that when 950 comes out it might obsolete 940. My current PC is Pentium 4 2.8 which I bought 6 years ago. Honestly, it's still kind of work okay. It's just that some apps are resource extensive and I feel like My PC Needs to retire. Do you think 940 or even 920 will be on the trend after 5-6 years?

Thanks again.

Roberto
 

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well they're essentially the same processor, just a few hundred mhz here or there.

tbh, none of them will keep up in 5-6 years, graphene or even quantum processor's could be out by then which will allow a lot more power. I think MIT said that with graphene instead of silicon, cpu's could reach 1THz, yes, 1,000ghz.
 
Get 3x2GB RAM

+1 for i7 920, no aftermarket cooler

You can save a lot with a GA-EX58-UD3R. The P6T Deluxe V2 is better at overclocking and at using multiple GPUs, but you don't use those features so why pay for them.

You don't need an 850W PSU. Also, I don't trust CoolerMaster PSUs. Get a Corsair 650TX.

The Haf 932 is way overkill for a PC with no overclocking and a single medium-performance video card. You don't need that kind of air flow here, not even close.
Something like Antec 300 or P182 would be better here IMO.
 

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Thank you aevm. I understand that my specs is overkill. The thing is, my next PC will probably be in 5+ years time. So I might be OCing it just to save money when that time comes. As I have stated It took me 6+ years until I decided to change my PC. I was also planning to just upgrade the component when needed. And what I'm worried about OCing is the the CPU life expectancy. That is why I thought i7 965 might be the best choice. Is 920 still a better choice for a user like me? Thanks.
 
Yes, it's still a better choice. If you spend $300 now and another $300 in 2 years, then your PC will be almost as fast as with the i7 965 in the first two years and (probably a lot) faster in the next 3+ years. You might even have 8 cores there after the upgrade. And you spend $400 less in total.

The only drawback, of course, is that you have to rely on Intel to deliver a CPU better than the i7 965 in 2 years at $300. The history of the past 20 years shows that this is very likely. Every CPU they ever sold for $1000 was humiliated by a mainstream CPU after 2 years, 3 at most. Think for example of the $1000 dual-core X6800 that was king of the hill a couple of years ago. The $200 E8400 beats it. The $300 quad Q9550 is even better.

At worst, you'll have to buy a new motherboard and RAM too in two years, but those will be under $400 total anyway.

If you want to overclock then by all means buy a cooler.

Edit: there's a Noctua cooler for LGA1366 that would be better than the CoolerMaster V8. But the V8 is pretty good too. Then there's the Xigmatek Dark Knight, excellent bang for the buck.