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Can I build a Core I7 system for around $1000

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December 20, 2008 1:10:56 PM

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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December 20, 2008 1:27:16 PM

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.
December 20, 2008 1:58:24 PM

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.
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December 20, 2008 6:17:29 PM

Can you guys cut and paste the Newegg wishlists, I can't access them- please
December 20, 2008 6:46:06 PM

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
December 20, 2008 6:52:05 PM

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.
December 20, 2008 8:21:32 PM

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
December 21, 2008 1:20:29 AM

Thanks I appreciate the pointers. I now have something to work with.