Need help building new comp.

i need to upgrade my system, i still run a p4p800 motherboard with an agp card....

Well, my budget is around $1000, and i need to build a comp primarily for games.

Ive always been biased over intel, so i will be building my comp around intel rather than amd.

I doubt ill be using dual graphics card, so i wouldnt be needing a SLI motherboard..

considering all of this, what will my best options be for cpu/motherboard/graphics/ram?

here is what i was thinking:

cpu: i7core..but is that overkilling it? i doubt ill be overtasking much..or sohuld i just stick with core 2 quad?

motherboard: whats a good motherboard, cost wise, (dont need to be SLI)

ram: depends on wat motherboard i get right?

graphics: radeon 4870HD (is there a better one on the market for games?)

heatsink: gonna use the one that comes with the cpu, or the generic one, not gonna be overclocking

case: will all of this fit in a small/mid toewr? i d0ont like tall cases, was thinking of the antec 300, or will be to small to hold the radeon 4870hd


As you guys can see, i mainly need help with the cpu/motherboard/ram combo. Thanks...also, whats a good thermal paste to buy?
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  1. If you can afford an i7, why not?

    i7 does out perform all other CPUs out there, even the slowest version (920), though if you choose i7 you're stuck with X58 mother board, which supports XFire and SLi by default. You'll also have to use DDR3 RAM for this setup.

    I guess the question is then, where are you located at, since hardware price does fluctuate a bit across the globe. If you're in the US, check around the forum, there's a lot of people building i7 system and posting their specs in the last few days.
  2. The i7 doesnt affect gaming to a great extent...More than a CPU, the GPU is more important for better gaming...
    Well I guess going with the core2Quad is better for youas you can save money there and buy a powerful graphics card...
    If you go with i7 then you would have to skimp on other components...

    CPU + Mobo combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181189

    RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

    Hdd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    CASE - Yes the Antec 300 is a good option...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    PSU - More than suffice and as you will not be overclocking or SLI/ crossfire and you can use it in future builds too...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

    Graphics card - As I had said get a powerful graphics card that fits your budget...
    Any of these would be best suited...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475

    DVD Drive...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

    Total - $971

    You can save money buy going with this PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

    And this Harddisk...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    And if you dont want such a powerful graphics card, then get a GTX 260 Core 216 or 4870 1GB which ever is cheaper...
  3. Alright, I have to admit that i7 is not that great for gaming.

    Here's Tom's benchmarking for a couple of games comparing i7 and Q9550

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-955,2278-10.html

    Anyway, wouldn't it better to go with a higher quality PSU like Corsair or SeaSonic?
  4. Dont buy a dead core 2 quad.... i7 and dont look back
  5. dragoon190 said:
    Alright, I have to admit that i7 is not that great for gaming.

    Here's Tom's benchmarking for a couple of games comparing i7 and Q9550

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-955,2278-10.html

    Anyway, wouldn't it better to go with a higher quality PSU like Corsair or SeaSonic?

    Well the PCP&S that I have listed is also one of the Top Tier manufacturers along with the Corsair and Seasonic..
    You can check it in the reviews...
    As for the other suggestion about the OCZ, it is also a very good PSU and as the OP wont be overclocking or upgrading to SLI/Crossfire, the OCZ is more than suffice...
  6. I know you said heavily biased to Intels but consider this: same frames in games compared to your original idea at $6xx
  7. thx every1 for the help so far
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