I planned to build a rig with i7 but now i'm sort of short of budget and only has $800. I need it for gaming and general office use. Do you think the list below is okay? Is GTX275 an over-kill here? Do you think this set up can handel most of the games in the next 1-2 years? Thanks very much indeed!!
Mainboard ASUS P5Q-Pro
Memory [2GBx2] Corsair RM-T24GD8 XMS2 5-5-5-18 1.9V (D2-800)
Graphics Inno3D 896MB iChill GTX275 D-DVI
Hard drive 640GB W.D. 6401aaLS Caviar Black (3GB/s/SATA2/32M)
DVD Writer LG GH-22NS40 22X SMulti DVD Writer SATA
Case Cooler master (Elite 335)
Power OCZ PPCS500 Silencer 500W ATX
Fan Cooler Master CF-R4S12AK 12CM Case Fan
I plan to use the 1920 x 1200 Samsung T260 monitor. Any advices will be highly appreciated!!!!
Anyways, bottom line is that the CPU is leaps and bounds better than the e8400, almost twice the theoretical performance-per-clock (it's a quad-core), and it OCs not as well, but well enough, and the video card has 1gb of memory for your high-res gaming. If you want to take it to the next level swap the video card there for this 4850X2, at $280 -$10 MIR. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Last question, as i need to fit the case under my desk and i dont have much room that cooler master 335 is the largest i can get. do you think that'll be a problem for me to fit in the CPU cooler and hence limit the OC ability? Thanks very much!!!
Yep, you need a bigger desk. hah, if your going to get one, get one where the tower sits on a raised step on the side of the desk instead of on the floor, the psu's sit on the bottom of the case for the centurion and blowing air out through the bottom. It has pegs but, they sink into the floor. If its a wooden floor nevermind the help.
The HD4890 is a good choice, if you want it, definately get the Sapphire, but I would definitely up it to a HD4850X2 or dual HD4770s. The open box Platinums are sold out, go with the combo Fullmetall posted.