Can I build a Core I7 system for around $1000

Is this possible without a monitor? Component recommendations please?

Perhaps a better way to ask would be what is the cheapest way to build an i7 system?

Thanks up front.
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  1. i would say it would be difficult, have a mess around on newegg.

    i came up with 925 for just cpu/mb/gpu/ram so would need a psu/case/hd/dvd on top of that.

    if you have an older machine you could take the hd/dvd/case but you definitely would need a decent psu.
  2. If you did it, it would be with rebates, and cutting some serious corners. For one thing, i7 ~300, motherboard ~300, ram ~100 for 3 gigs, and the grafics card could be as low as ~150 for a 4850, ~100 for a PSU like the Corsair 750TX. Even then your at ~$950 w/o a case, hd,optical drive, and any extra cooling. I would bump the budget by possibly $200, or look at a P45 board, and a Q9450 or something of the likes.
  3. You would definately need to reuse DVD drive, HDD, and maaybe GPU if you have a decent one and a case.

    I would up the budget $200 more.

    You could save by getting a cheaper psu and gpu if you dont game.
  4. Its possible for $1061.93 w/o shipping!

    *incl. case, hdd and burner
  5. Can you guys cut and paste the Newegg wishlists, I can't access them- please
  6. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 1366 Quad CPU - $300
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 1366 X58 Motherboard - $245
    CORSAIR XMS3 3GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) RAM - $94
    MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OC GTX 260 - $200
    Seagate 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB SATA3 HDD - $65
    LG 20XDVD Burner SATA - $23
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590 Case - $60
    SIGMA SHARK SP-635 635W - $75
  7. Here is an article that gives you an idea of the parts needed to compete a full system.
    TR's Christmas 2008 system guide
    That should give you a rough idea and you can look for parts that fit your budget.
  8. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $299.99

    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $244.99

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $154.99

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $224.99 - $15.00 MIR

    PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI/CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $134.99

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $59.95

    WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar?SE16 SATA WD6400AAKS SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive $68.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM $24.99

    Total - $1213.88 - $15 MIR

    If you need to shave off a little, you could swap these:

    CORSAIR XMS3 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $94.00 - $20 MIR

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.99

    I chose an ATI GPU since that particular motherboard isn't SLI certified. The price on that 4870 1GB card is great.

    Keep in mind that you'll also want a 64-bit OS.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99
  9. Thanks I appreciate the pointers. I now have something to work with.
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