to be honest idk if DDR3 and i7 setup is worth it just yet too expensive i would wait untill prices get better casue i think its just too much money for a i7 setup
when i bought the E6600 when it frist came out i forked over like 320 dollars for just the CPU if i had waited i could of got a E6320 for much lower price and OCed it past E6600 and paid less for more proformace..... i dont know but it's your money and you would be good for atleast 2 years then upgrade GPU then another 2-3 years for a whole new build maby a CPU upgrade in inbetween as well but it's too expensive for me... that's just me tho
Ya I know what you mean. I'm planning on waiting at least a month or two before my build to see what happens by then, these are initial ideas. I'm actually hoping that the am3 will have good solid cheaper motherboards by then so I can go amd phenom II
Actually you can just buy an AM2+ mobo and run an AM3 socket Phenom 2 on cheapo DDR2 because there is only up to 3-5% gain going from DDR2-DDR3 so it's not worth the premium IMO. That said a suggested config for a Phenom 2 build:
I just worry about where I can go with that in the future. I feel like if I go with an am2 mobo and ddr2, I will be building a comp that is behind before I even get it and i won't be able to easily upgrade it in the future. Also, how long will this config be good for? I'm hoping to get something to last for 3 years without much upgrading thanks so much for the help
The ddr2 to ddr3 comparison in a non-triple channel architecture doesn't accurately describe the ddr3 performance with the new naheilem processor chipsets. I think you'll be suprised at the difference between an older mobo described earlier to the newest intel architecture.
To comment on how long the configuration would be good for would be pretty tough depending on where computers are going. If the development of computer technology stays consistent with the trend of computer technology development, then it would be about 5 to 10 years before you'd want to upgrade.
A comment on the power supply though. If you plan on running a crossfire setup on this board later, you might want to bump your power supply up to something like 850w.
For gaming, you get no benefit building an i7 vs a core 2 or Phenom II. Games cannot use all those extra threads. The only Games that use quads are FSX and GTA4 at this point. If you are into video editing or programming, or things like that, then you will see a benefit from going with the i7. Otherwise I would go for a E8500 or Phenom II x3 720/AM2+ build and put the $200 you save on the core parts towards a 4870x2. That will give you much better gaming results. Going with last years technology is going to give you much more for your money.
Personally, I would (and intend to) go with the i7... yes, it is not great for games at the moment, but I doubt that many new games are going to be released that do not support multiple cores so next year's games WILL benefit.
You should be able to afford the 4870 with 1GB now, which is a good gaming card and provides the options of crossfire in the future for a nice performance boost.
G.Skill RAM is probably cheaper than Corsair and should be perfectly adequate for your needs.
You will get better performance from the Caviar Black hard drives than the Green ones and I am not sure why you want to RAID 1 them... no performance gain and, while you do get redundancy, I don't know if that is worth the extra money to you. For a little more, you could get a 150GB Velociraptor for the OS and Programs and use the 640GB Black for your data (or just get a 300GB velociraptor for everything). Use an online backup service to provide offsite storage, which is way safer then RAID 1.