Anyone using Intel i7?

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Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by ethios4 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:25 pm

I've got enough money saved now to finally buy a new computer! I'm thinking I'll get a custom build PC with a quad-core processor, at least 4 GB RAM, a couple of 500 GB 7200's, etc. Intel's new i7 processors look pretty sweet. Anyone here using them or have any stories to tell?

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by jsg4z » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:08 am

they are fast, and run cooler, but are pricey cuz theyre new

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by macmurphy » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:01 am

I just got a new pc built a couple of weeks ago with an i7 920 overclocked to the same speed as the top of the range chip - 3.8GHz. The company who built the system overclocked it for me.
It's shockingly fast and incredibly stable.

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by Sibanger » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:53 am

A friend of mine has just built a system with an i7 2.66 GHz processor.
Didn't seem to pay too much. In Australia, you can pick em up for close to $400 AUD.
I think that's very reasonable.

He also bought a solid state hard drive. Sooo quiet.

He was running an older 2.6 ish core duo, and was hitting around 70% with clicks n pops.
On new system, same project runs around 9% and spikes into double figs every now and then.

He is damn happy.

When the Solid State Hard Drives double in capacity and half in price, I will be picking some up for sure,
along with my i7 2.93 processor, Windows 7 and a shit load of RAM. :mrgreen:

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by fl0w » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:26 am

As my PC died, I've just built a new PC, but as I'm still waiting for the HDs I haven't installed Live yet. I've only got an old IDE drive at the moment, which obviously is the bottleneck of my system. 2 HDs in RAID 1 should give better results (and no I don't have the money for a SSD drive).
i7 g720 + 3x2 GB RAM (triple channel) + MSI X58 Pro mobo + generic nVidia < 600 euros
I'm running Win 7 RC x64 as 32-bit versions of Windows can't handle more than 4 GB

And yes, it's fast. I do really need to test Live ASAP and pre-order Win 7 at bargain price...

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by ilia » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:33 am

just did a new build with an i7 920. overclocks on stock voltage to 3.66 out of the box, stays cool, fast, stable. yes, it's worth it.

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by mdk » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:40 am

what mobo are you overclocked people using? :)
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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by fl0w » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:02 pm

fl0w wrote:As my PC died, I've just built a new PC, but as I'm still waiting for the HDs I haven't installed Live yet. I've only got an old IDE drive at the moment, which obviously is the bottleneck of my system. 2 HDs in RAID 1 should give better results (and no I don't have the money for a SSD drive).
i7 g720 + 3x2 GB RAM (triple channel) + MSI X58 Pro mobo + generic nVidia < 600 euros
I'm running Win 7 RC x64 as 32-bit versions of Windows can't handle more than 4 GB

And yes, it's fast. I do really need to test Live ASAP and pre-order Win 7 at bargain price...
OK, I've run the demo song. Live says 22% CPU max, while my CPUmeter claims only 11% max.

At 96kHz HQ, Live is always at less than 50%, while my CPUmeter hardly reaches 14%. I had to increase the sound buffer though. The most loaded core was always under 50%.

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by bosonHavoc » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:18 pm

Sibanger wrote:A friend of mine has just built a system with an i7 2.66 GHz processor.
Didn't seem to pay too much. In Australia, you can pick em up for close to $400 AUD.
I think that's very reasonable.

He also bought a solid state hard drive. Sooo quiet.

He was running an older 2.6 ish core duo, and was hitting around 70% with clicks n pops.
On new system, same project runs around 9% and spikes into double figs every now and then.

He is damn happy.

When the Solid State Hard Drives double in capacity and half in price, I will be picking some up for sure,
along with my i7 2.93 processor, Windows 7 and a shit load of RAM. :mrgreen:

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by longjohns » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:19 am

i am using intel P4

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by Angstrom » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:24 am

stone him!

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by longjohns » Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:33 am

the longer I wait, the more awesome my next computers will be!!!

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by bosonHavoc » Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:35 am

longjohns wrote:the longer I wait, the more awesome my next computers will be!!!
word.. my pc is still a p4 lol
money has been evading me

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by macmurphy » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:07 am

mdk wrote:what mobo are you overclocked people using? :)
I'm using an Asus P6T Deluxe v2. Like i said, i got the company who built it, Scan, to do the overclocking for me. That way it's under guarantee if anything goes wrong. They charge £80 to overclock it to a quicker speed than the 975 extreme which is £471.00 more expensive :D

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Re: Anyone using Intel i7?

Post by William » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:32 am

I'm using one right now as I type this on a new Dell XPS Studio. It is really fast...especially paired with my 6GB RAM.
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