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March 23, 2009 3:33:05 AM

Looking for bang for the buck building my new gaming PC, (old one died tonight). Do you go with the Q9550 or i7-920 for about the same price? Or is there a better deal out there? The AMD's seem to be lagging. Input?

I'm not planning on overclocking, so the possibilities mean nothing to me.
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March 23, 2009 5:03:46 AM

Well we could give better suggestion if we have info about your budget, your preferences and your requirements...

The price of the Q9550 and the core i7 mayb the same but the total platform cost (ie CPU+MOBO+RAM) will be costlier than the Q9550 platform...
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March 23, 2009 5:18:43 AM

It all depends on the mobo. Do you already have one or are you getting a new one? Same question applies to the RAM.
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March 23, 2009 6:20:22 AM

elo guys, i plan to buy a q9550 and i was wondering which motherboard is best suited for that....

i'm planning for a ..:
1) Asus P5Q-Deluxe or,
2) MSI P7NSLI Platinum

(a sli mb will be better but is not necessary..)

could you please advise me for a good motherboard (asus or gigabyte). i got a budget of about us$ 240.

i already have a gtx260 and a gigabyte superb.

Thks
March 23, 2009 12:01:46 PM

I will probably spend between $500-$1000 on just the tower. But that does not mean I am willing to waste money on something I do not need. From the research I have done so far I'm not sure the Q9550 or i7-920 are my final decision yet. The E8500 is looking like a good deal and I'm not sure the quad cores even buy me anything other than additional expense. Input?
March 23, 2009 12:04:20 PM

If u r looking for bang for buck on games right now then the E8.... range is the best although in a year or 2 it wont be. if i were u id go for quads all the way. i just built my bro a new system the best value i could do was:

4870 X 2
Core i7 920
6GB DDR 3

cost around £1300 if that helps
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March 23, 2009 2:39:13 PM

You could get a real nice E8500 system for ~$650. It's a great all around cpu. The quality i7 builds run ~$1500. With your budget, I think you'd be better off with the E8500.
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March 23, 2009 4:03:06 PM

I'm thinking an i7 system for around $800-$1000 (assuming a i7 920 and a GTX 260 (216)). This leaves you with upgrade options later, unlike all LGA 775 builds.
March 23, 2009 4:07:59 PM

aford10 said:
You could get a real nice E8500 system for ~$650. It's a great all around cpu. The quality i7 builds run ~$1500. With your budget, I think you'd be better off with the E8500.


agreed, If you dont want to spend too much, keep off the i7.
March 23, 2009 4:08:51 PM

wait on the AM3 950, should be still fairly cheap and out run the i7 920 also mobo will be cheaper since mid-end am3 mobo's cost about half a 1366 mobo(well in the uk anyways.)
March 23, 2009 5:42:44 PM

Thanks for the input guys. PC died last night so I need to move on something. I got a solid 5 years and 3 months out of it with some great gaming though.
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March 23, 2009 9:31:24 PM

gamerk316 said:
I'm thinking an i7 system for around $800-$1000 (assuming a i7 920 and a GTX 260 (216)). This leaves you with upgrade options later, unlike all LGA 775 builds.


It'd be real hard to get an i7 system with a gtx260 ~$800.

i7 - $280
gtx260 - $175
Board - ~$250
RAM - ~$90

That's pretty close to $800 right there. This doesn't include a psu, case, hard drives, opticals, OS.....

$1000 can build an i7 system. But it will be a stripped down build.
March 23, 2009 9:36:27 PM

i7 is the best and it is the best for SLI
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March 24, 2009 1:56:07 AM

For the most part I would agree with that ^

But if it doesn't fit into the OP's budget, the point is moot.
March 24, 2009 12:45:24 PM

Luckily I already have a great screwless ATX case, plextor cd and dvd-rom drives, floppy multi card reader. Will just need to upgrade my power supply, MB, proc, RAM, HD.
March 24, 2009 12:47:58 PM

Oh and I picked up a 750GB Seagate barracuda recently that I was going to add to the old system for photo storage. So, that's a start.
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March 24, 2009 2:29:16 PM

If you have all those items, you may be able to squeeze an i7 system into your budget.
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