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Master Geek


#56777 23-Jan-2010 15:22
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Hi guys,

I've been looking around for a new dev (and occassionally gaming, just some RTS, no FPS) machine for my home office.  Most of my dev works would be hosted on virtual machines.  I also come to the conclusion that I will get a Windows Home Server box plus cloud backup for my backup and file sharing.  So I dropped the original thought on a RAID-1 setup for this new dev machine.

The guys at Computer Lounge has kindly put together a side-by-side quote for me comparing an i7-920 build and an i7-860 build.

I am struggle to decide which one to get, so I thought I'd put the spec here and hope you guys wouldn't mind to share your opinions on this subject :-)

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i7 920:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366
ASUS P6T SE Intel X58 DDR3 ATX PCI-E
Kingston HyperX 12GB (6x2GB) DDR3-1600 CL9
Prolimatech Megashadow CPU Cooler LGA1366
Intel X25-M 80GB G2 Mainstream SATA 2.5" SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 32MB Cache SATA II
Antec P183 Performance One Black ATX Mid Tower
Sapphire HD5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
Corsair HX650 650W Modular Power Supply
LG GH-22LS50 22X LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer
Standard Hardware Installation and Configuration

Total = $3329 Incl GST

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i7 860:

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.80GHz 8MB LGA1156
ASUS P7P55D-E Premium P55 DDR3 PCI-E LGA1156
Kingston HyperX 4x2GB DDR3-1600 CL8
Prolimatech Megashadow CPU Cooler LGA1156
Intel X25-M 80GB G2 Mainstream SATA 2.5" OEM SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 32MB Cache SATA II
Antec P183 Performance One Black ATX Mid Tower
ASUS ATI Radeon HD5850 GDDR5 1GB PCI-E
Corsair HX650 650W Modular Power Supply
LG GH-22LS50 22X Lightscribe Black SATA DVD Writer
Standard Hardware Installation and Configuration

Total = $3195 Incl GST

The main differences is the ram size really, 12GB vs 8GB.

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Many thanks!

Joseph

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Ultimate Geek


  #292523 23-Jan-2010 17:45
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I'm in the exact same situation as you (work from home, developer, lots of VMs, do a bit of gaming) and my final 2 choices were either an 860 or a 920. I've pretty much decided on the 920 as the extra memory bandwidth is apparently helpful with some of the processor intensive tasks like video encoding.

In the end I think the difference will be marginal, a 920 with 6 cores and 12GB of RAM will run quite a few VMs quite nicely :)



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Master Geek


  #292583 23-Jan-2010 21:23
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Thanks meesham :-)

I have a feeling i7-860 is the practical/cheaper choice, and i7-920 is the future-proofing/bandwidth choice. I think I would most likely to go with the i7-920.

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