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I’ve been waiting for the new 1156 processors and boards to come out in order to “upgrade” my home system. Last week I put together the following:

  • Core i7 860 (2.8 GHz) – New
  • Asus P7P55D – New
  • Corsair 8GB XMS PC3-10600 – New
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked – Existing
  • Intel X25-E 32GB – Existing
  • WD VelociRaptor 150GB (x2) – Existing
  • WD 1 TB – Existing

I was looking through Futureshop’s website tonight and found the “Upgrade Advisor” tool…I thought: OK, let’s see how my new system ranks against the best.


Well. Can’t say I’m surprised. I know the machine isn’t the best, but still, 4/5 on TV recording? 3.5/5 for ripping music and managing photos?! I’d like to know how they do the rankings – even if the i7 860 was “too new” to be included, surely the 8GB RAM would rank pretty good for managing photos?

The tool is made by FutureMark and Intel. I guess I’ll need to wait to get an 8 core system, 32GB RAM and 4x GTX 295s in SLI before I can surf the net and manage my photos.

But seriously, there are “regular” people using this tool and thinking “oh no, my Phenom 940 is slow, it says I should get a Core 2 5600…”

BTW, the i7 860 is pretty good. It is roughly the same price as the i7 920 (1366 pin) but the 1156 platform is much less expensive.

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