Should I go with an Intel quad Q8300 with two Nvidia GeForce 9800gtx 512mb. Or should I get an Intel i7 920 with one Nvidia GeForce gtx 260 896mb. I'm wanting to play games like crysis and oblivion, and keep my price around $1,000.
how does either setup stay inder $1000 - im looking at building something like that too.
I would get the Intel i7 with the gtx260 because its best to keep with the most updated motherboard. what RAM are you looking at??
i7 system looks much better, and the new cpu will help when you sli more cards Though I doubt u'll make an i7 system for under 1000$ including taxes, psu, hard drive video card case and any other peripherals needed.
Well i see your point of view but its up to how much money you have. The q8300 will last some time i would just go with the q8300 and gtx260 just my opinion. If you go with the i7 it will cost you more now up front and getting 2 9800gtx will cost you even more. Remember q8300 is a decent overclocker so dont worry much about cpu bottleneck, just overclock. =]
The total price of an i7 system is vastly overexagerated. Its not that much more than a LGA775 system.
Also, as l1qu1d said and I insinuated in my above post, two 9800GTX+ would beat any single card (single GPU) setup. Two 9800GTX+ is $330, and those are overclocked EVGA's, a single GTX 260 is $230.
While a single GTX 260 beats a 9800GTX+ it dosent SMASH it into oblivion or anything, so even if SLi isnt supported or scales poorly he still has something to fall back on, not to mention the awesome performance he will get with the SLi. He plays Oblivion, which can be maxed with even a single 8800GT, and the SLi 9800GTX+ setup will do very nice in Crysis.
A base i7 system core can be built for under $700. Thats CPU, mobo and 6GB of memory. Adding two 9800GTX+ and a 850W Corsair PSU brings it to $1100 which is $100 over his budget. He will probably recycle old cd/dvd drives and keyboard/mouse, only question remains hard drive.
Bring it down to a GTX 260 and a weaker PSU and it drops under $1000, without HD and DVD/CD drive.
Okay lets say he got the 2 9800gtx or whatever but is it worth to get an i7; gddr3 and mobo expense seems to much and doesnt justify the "extra" performance in my opinion.
ASUS P5N-D LGA 134.99$
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 6400 27.99$ after 25$ rebate.
The Q8300 is not a real smart buy for a gaming build. It has a low multiplier and cant OC worth a damn. He would be much better off getting a Q9550 at $280 if he sticks with LGA 775. But then he has to deal with the 50/50, coin toss, pin the tail on the donkey that is Nvidia chipsets if he wants to do SLi.