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Another new hardware thread..
show user profile  GirishDJoshi
Okay I got to update or buy a new pc.

It would be

or AMD but I do not know how this performs

mobo, ram, gfx card & a heat sink is required

Can someone suggest a good spec list my budget is around 750.00 USD

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8/24/2012 9:13:06 AM (last edit: 8/24/2012 9:13:06 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
going off newegg and assuming your overclock

$177 - Z77A-GD65
$300 - 2600k (when overclocked to thermal limits there is no performance difference between this and the 3770k)
$82 - 2x KVR16N11 (16gb ram)
$90 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE
$125 - HD 7770

bam! broke the budget by $25. That is a cpu rendering oriented setup though, if you want to get more gpu heavy drop the 2600k for a 2500k and swap the gpu for a gtx 560 ti. If you dont like overclocking you can drop the phanteks all together and roll with stock and get a 3770k.

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8/24/2012 12:23:40 PM (last edit: 8/24/2012 12:23:40 PM)
show user profile  GirishDJoshi
Thanks mate, I will check it's availability in India.

Any more options

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8/24/2012 12:36:25 PM (last edit: 8/24/2012 12:36:25 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
have a look here :

research what's hot within your budget constraints.

spotted this :

Right now, Newegg is selling the Core i7-3770 (with a locked multiplier) for $320. A Xeon E3-1240 v2, which runs at the same 3.4 GHz, doesn’t include processor graphics, and bears a 69 W thermal ceiling, goes for $280. Same speed, no useless graphics, lower power consumption, and $40 less.

Source :,3258.html

edit: that model xeon is limited to one per board.
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8/24/2012 12:40:42 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 9:11:01 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Stabby, what do you reckon to the HD7970 over the gtx680 based on cpu rendering?
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8/25/2012 2:35:01 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 2:35:01 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
7970 is the superior card imo, it lags a bit behind in game performance at stock (all though to be fair we are talking about 70 vs 75 fps on a regular size monitor, when it really gets down to the playable limit its more like 30 vs 31) but is generally a better overclocker than the 680 and is cheaper. So if you dont need the nvidia middleware i would get the 7970 based on that alone (PS! you can bios flash a regular 7970 into the Ghz version, hardware wise they are virtually identical except for the finer voltage regulator which you dont need anyway)

Whats really impressive about this card and completely invisible to almost everybody is its compute performance, theoretically the 7970 should have around 25% better sp performance but given the odd half vector nature of GCN its several times faster for random memory (biggest bottleneck on gpu) reads/writes. I got a 7770 for architecture testing a while ago and have been drooling over its awesomeness ever since, but thats another story.

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8/25/2012 3:46:03 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 3:46:03 PM)
show user profile  GirishDJoshi
Thanks everyone for the help.

I still have to work out a budget/final spec list.

I'll keep the thread updated.

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8/25/2012 8:09:46 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 8:10:16 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
so where is that 8core i7 keeping ??? i need it!

melting ur brainz!
/ FOS4 / FO2 / Blurb / Twitter / Facebook / Vimeo /

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8/25/2012 8:35:17 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 8:35:17 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
edit: looks like that e3 above is limited to one per system ... so not so awesome after all. :(
the first number after the - is the max. # processors per board apparently.

so, looking around ...

e7 - 8 cores, that model can run up to two per system (so 16 cores if you drop two in a board).

$1.8k or thereabouts per processor for that model.

not familiar with the high end xeon range yet so you'll need to do some research to figure out which model is best bang for buck.

that wasn't a recommedation, just one that approx fits the spec you're after tekk.

would guess one of the e5's would be the best fit if you can stretch to it.
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8/25/2012 8:41:29 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 9:37:01 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Bootcamp a mac :)


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8/25/2012 9:57:03 PM (last edit: 8/25/2012 9:57:03 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
a mac with the same specs would cost $3k, yes i just checked :p

As for the 8 core i7 - Q1 2014 is probably the soonest you could get one. The capable silicone does exist but its being crippled and sold off as 6 cores because... well just because :p For now there is no indication whether or not they ever wanna sell 8 core SBE based i7's but i predict not since all workstation platform releases they have ever done are always in the winter and they already announced another 6 core i7 for this winter and the next winter is going to be IBE so yeah.

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8/26/2012 5:01:46 AM (last edit: 8/26/2012 5:01:46 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
damn, ill have to break out the soldering kit again :/

melting ur brainz!
/ FOS4 / FO2 / Blurb / Twitter / Facebook / Vimeo /

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8/26/2012 10:34:11 AM (last edit: 8/26/2012 10:34:11 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
Stabbs - All pc owners say that.

Yup, a mac has the same spec under the bonnet, but for whatever reason it sooooooo out performs the equivalent pc. I've been using both mac and pc side by side for a few years now, both with similar intel specs; the mac is generally on another planet performance wise. Dont know why that is, it just is. But yes, you certainly pay for it.


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8/26/2012 11:00:56 AM (last edit: 8/26/2012 11:02:20 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
is this like a religion thing?

i don't mean to stomp on anybodies holy cow but thats just bullshit :p hardware is hardware is hardware - it doesn't change attributes by getting a mac case around it

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8/26/2012 11:42:20 AM (last edit: 8/26/2012 11:42:20 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
benchmark results or it never happened.

also speaking of holy cows, what is it with the i7 worship thing ? it's a processor. get over it.

that said still trying to figure out the achitecture differences between the e5/7 range & i7s.

but not spending much time on it as I can't afford an upgrade. :)

running a nice el cheapo phenom at the mo.

according to cpu world, the fastest desktop CPUs are currently :

AMD FX-8150
Intel Core i7-3960X


(on the right of the page)

check out the price difference. still need to look around for bm results to see how they compare.

there's a bunch of them accessible from the cpu world site, but haven't gone through them yet.

AMD high end looks to be about here :

12 cores per processor. up to 4 processors per board.

won't match intel on performance per core, but bang for buck overall when you have an efficient multi-core app (such as a raytracer), who knows.

this also looks interesting, again at the high end.

$499 for the mobo. 6 pci-x 3 slots.

there's a CP & IP varient mobo. not sure what the difference is.

$2.8k per processor. 8 cores per processor.

for those with deep pockets.
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8/26/2012 11:48:51 AM (last edit: 8/26/2012 2:01:18 PM)
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