I recently bought a PC from IBUYPOWER and have been having problems with the video card (I know should have sucked it up and done it myself, but i have no self confidence and have never done it) so I RMAd the card and waiting on it to get here. I'm thinking I over did the video card a little because I'll only be playing at 1600 x 1200.
CM HAF Case
4 gigs 1333 Corsair XMS3
850w Thermaltake PSU
I didn't do enough research to know that the 4870 x2 was overkill for my resolution and with 10 days to return for a refund and the problems Im having with the card I'm thinking of refunding and building my own with the new I7. I've put together a list of parts for the build I would use if I decided to refund.
CM Cosmos S
GTX 260 core 216 (decided one should be sufficient)
6 gigs 1600 Corsair Dominator
800w BFG PSU
What I'm wondering is would I be better off refunding my system and going with the I7 build (may take a few weeks) or keeping the system I have now? My budget is around $1800 and I'm really just trying to build a gaming PC that will last me through college. And please if you think I should refund and do my own build make any suggestions about the parts I've selected.
Depends. If your running sli, yes you will see a good increase in performance. The I7 was designed for the enterprise enviorment and not the gaming enviorment. However the I7 is still increasing benchmarks scores and improving gaming rigs as a side affect. Personaly I think you will find a good increase over the E8400. Others may say you will only see a little bit of increase. If you are planning on running sli though then deffinantly get the I7. Both CPU's will overclock to some impressive numbers.
Personaly I say don't be shy about building your own rig. There is a lot of vidoes and walkthroughs out on the net that can easly guide your way through. It seems like your doing your homework already so you are the type of person that can put together a rig. Its a real fun experience and you'll save yourself a few hunderd bucks.
I know should have sucked it up and done it myself, but i have no self confidence and have never done it
Don't sweat it man. I built my pc and felt the same as you are feeling right know until I got my parts and started putting it together. There's nothing to it... The only part of it that made me nervous was putting on my cpu heatsink/fan. In the end that was a piece of cake too..Like a snap together model