To i7 or not to i7

oneof10

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Hi Everyone:

Would someone please help me or put me out of my misery? I will be building a new rig in the next 3-4 weeks. I've only built 3 or 4 machine b4 and that was a while ago. I can't decide on which cpu to go with. I have read all the forums and there does not seem to be a clear consensus on this issue.

I am a casual gamer but definitely want the eye candy and am willing to spend around $1200 or little more if needed. I want to build for the future and not worry about updating (except for vid card) for a long time. Half of what I read says i7 oc'ed will be great for gaming now and in the future. The other half says Core 2 Quad oc'ed will substantially out perform and still be pretty good future proofed. I cannot decide and would appreciate more input.

I know the $ saved on core 2 mobos and ram will let me up my video card. But will I need to rebuild or update my machine (not including vid card) sooner than if I had i7?


Sincerely,

Conflicted
 

GuiltySpark

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If you want to spend $1200 on a machine (is this including a monitor and operating system?), I suggest you go with the i7.
 

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What resolution? How long do you expect the build to last?
 

mpkonig

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well..consider this......the socket 1366 (core i7) you can get the 920, 940, and 960.....and then......here is the nice part......by the end on this year beginning of next...they will be coming out with a 6 core.....yes.. a 6 core processor that will utilize the 1366 socket....so...id say you are pretty future proof by getting the core i7 :) Plus ive heard that its better than the c2quads all the way around
 
Tomshardware system builder $1250 build was Ci7 in december

but in January they switched back to a C2Q and more powerful gfx card .

Which way you go is probably about bang for buck NOW or whether you intend to make major gfx updates in the next year or so
Ci7 isnt particularly fast for gaming with a single midrange card like a gtx 260 or ati 4870 . Usually its slower than all the other high end cpu's with a single card
 

oneof10

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As far as resolution I have a 19" Acer lcd but will definitely be going up to at least 22" or 24" at most if I can afford. My current machine is about 8 years old with no upgrades and obviously I cannot play any new games...sucks. I hope new rig to be good for about 4 years.

Helpful tip about the future of 1366 socket "mpkonig"...thanks. Although I have read equally as much about the c2quads being better overclockers and getting better benchmarks than i7...That is why I am divided about my choices.



 

oneof10

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Got. I'll get the i7. I was leaning that way just b/c it is the most recent Intel cpu. Plus I like the idea that it has a new architecture and I am hoping that they will find ways to improve its performance in games (or should I say for game makers to find ways to use the i7 better.)

Thank you for the input.
 
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