System Upgrade, Round Two

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Oct 072009

After bouncing more ideas around, I’ve come up with an alternate spec for a new system. This one is built around the same GPU, but with an Intel i7 driving the system. This deserves some explanation.

More after the jump.

By all accounts, with a single GPU, the i7 does not significantly outperform the Quad 9550. Not enough to justify the increased price point. However, if you throw a second GPU into the machine to take advantage of SLI—something I would like to do in the future—then the i7 suddenly becomes a dominating powerhouse.

Here’s a new set of specs:

  • Motherboard: ASRock P55 ProBIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI
  • Power Supply: hec ZEPHYR HEC-750DR-AT 750W
  • CPU: Intel i7 860
  • GPU: EVGA GeForce 260 GTX (896 MB)
  • RAM: G.SKILL DDR3 1333 (2×2GB)

All told, this system clocks in cheaper than the Quad 9550 build does, too about $110 more than the q9550, but is more “future-proof.”

Update: Turns out the the ASRock P55 Pro board doesn’t support SLI! I’ve swapped it out in the spec for a Biostar board that does. It’s only $20 more.

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