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Maverick123w
07-13-09, 07:28 PM
My girl was looking through the local Microcenter ad and they have the 920 for $199 she said we should go buy it.

I won't be using it till after the wedding in august.

Question....

Should I go get it now and jump on a good deal, or am I gonna be mad when lynnfield comes out? Also can this i7 work in the p55 i7 boards? BTW they close in 30 min....

Mr Bigman
07-13-09, 07:36 PM
I say jump on it and when you get more dough you will be determinded to build it dude.

betterdan
07-13-09, 08:12 PM
I wouldn't jump on it (you might break it) but I would buy it at that price.

methimpikehoses
07-13-09, 08:17 PM
good price

Maverick123w
07-13-09, 08:56 PM
Ok I'm the proud owner of an i7 (nana2) :captnkill: :D

I asked for a D0, but I'm not sure what to look for on the tag to see what stepping it is.

I'm assuming its the bit on the sticker that says S-spec: SLBEJ

Hopefully I lucked out. Thanks for the swift replies!!!!

betterdan
07-13-09, 08:59 PM
That is indeed the D0 according to this http://www.cpu-world.com/sspec/SL/SLBEJ.html

Congratulations! Now don't jump on it.

Mr Bigman
07-13-09, 09:33 PM
Good overclocker too and i got it at 4ghz all the time now.

Maverick123w
07-13-09, 10:30 PM
4 will be my goal. I'm hoping the new evga micro board can get it there.

Uberpwnage
07-14-09, 08:15 PM
4GHz should be easy, many people are hitting that speed with very low voltage on the D0's. The EVGA mATX board looks interesting as well, I'm wanting to build a mATX i7 rig and can't decide between the EVGA, ASUS, or DFI.

Maverick123w
07-25-09, 06:21 PM
I'm pondering returning the unopened i7 and trying my luck with a gigabyte 790xt with a phenom x2 550 and attempting to unlock the extra cores.

My thinking behind this is that I'm wondering if I'll use the i7 to its full potential (only planning on going either sli with current 260's or 275's or going single GT300 derivative) and I could get a motherboard and processor with roughly lets say 80% of the 920 for the same price I paid for the chip itself (assuming it unlocks the extra cores...)

Thoughts, opinions... am I going crazy?

TheBigOne
07-25-09, 07:48 PM
I'm pondering returning the unopened i7 and trying my luck with a gigabyte 790xt with a phenom x2 550 and attempting to unlock the extra cores.

My thinking behind this is that I'm wondering if I'll use the i7 to its full potential (only planning on going either sli with current 260's or 275's or going single GT300 derivative) and I could get a motherboard and processor with roughly lets say 80% of the 920 for the same price I paid for the chip itself (assuming it unlocks the extra cores...)

Thoughts, opinions... am I going crazy?
I would just get the Q9550 for $169.99, then all you have to upgraded the CPU, if you are on a budget. " no point in going phenom x2 550, you may not be able to unlock the extra cores, AMD only batch a few of the x4's to x2's to meet demand, but all the new ones are defective cores, so you will end up with another dual core, which mean's wasn't really a upgrade" If you are going SLI or using you computer more then just gaming I7 is worth it.

Maverick123w
07-25-09, 08:24 PM
I would just get the Q9550 for $169.99, then all you have to upgraded the CPU, if you are on a budget. " no point in going phenom x2 550, you may not be able to unlock the extra cores, AMD only batch a few of the x4's to x2's to meet demand, but all the new ones are defective cores, so you will end up with another dual core, which mean's wasn't really a upgrade" If you are going SLI or using you computer more then just gaming I7 is worth it.

I worry about this p5k motherboard... its been flawless so far but I don't have lots of faith after seeing how many people have had issues with it.

TheBigOne
07-25-09, 09:05 PM
I worry about this p5k motherboard... its been flawless so far but I don't have lots of faith after seeing how many people have had issues with it.

You can buy this board for $99.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0288822
and
Q9550 for $169.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0299412
and keep the ram you have
or
You can also do the phenom x4 940 for $149.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0304
and
board is $169.99 for SLI
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0307066

I would go With the Q9550 or just keep the I7 setup for the price per performance.

Maverick123w
07-27-09, 07:29 PM
I feel like buying a new board and not going i7/Phenom would be a waste. I don't really want to invest in 775 even though that Q9550 for $170 is oh so tempting.

Bah!

I was all set a week ago and now I'm not sure what the hell I want to do.

I made the mistake of finally opening up the 902 and putting my current rig into it just so I could play with a new toy (Amazing case btw) and it's got me wanting more.

I think one thing that keeps me from pulling the trigger on the i7 is I can't really find a motherboard I'm completely satisfied with. I would probably either go with a Gigabyte UD3R or the Asrock Extreme X58 board, 6GB Supertalent chrome 16000mhz DDR3, and the Scythe Mugen 2 cooler.

The get more for less and adventurous side of me is screaming to go try my luck with a phenom x2 550......... I wish I would have never bought this damn chip haha.

TheBigOne
07-27-09, 07:42 PM
You open the box Microcenter won't let you return it now. Go with the Gigabyte UD3R or Asus P6T true 16x on two top PCI-E slots

Maverick123w
07-27-09, 08:15 PM
I haven't opened it, only opened the antec 902

Thunderbolt56
07-28-09, 07:01 AM
P6T Deluxe V2...pull the trigger dude. You won't regret it.

Maverick123w
07-28-09, 09:02 PM
Well I returned the i7 today and swapped it for a Phenom 955 BE. It happened to be on sale so it was an even exchange which was nice.

After totaling it all up the AMD build will be about $300 cheaper, and that makes me feel better. I feel like with the single GPU set-up ill be going with just makes more sense with the Phenom. Roughly the same performance for significantly less money.

Thanks for all the advice guys!!

P.S. this is the tentative build atm.. any suggestions are welcome-

AMD Phenom II X4 955BE - Already purchased
Antec 902 Case- Already purchased
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Motherboard
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 Watt Modular PSU
2x2 Corsair XMS 3 DDR 3 1333
Scythe Mugen-2 HSF

I'm selling my good buddy my old machine for $250, so I'll upgrade to a new card at that time.