Hey guys, I've been out of the pc hardware world for a while so i don't know whats the best out right now. My budget for my gaming machine is $500 - $800 and I do not need speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor or anything like that. Just need a pc built and ready for gaming. I need to know what the best is for the money. Would like to stay with Intel processors and possibly a quad core but I'm open to everyone suggestions, I want a good quality gaming pc and I need good cooling in the case. Thanks guys, hope someone can help. Do have one question though. do you really need two graphics cards or can you do just as well with one high end card? Would like to overclock and need good drive speed.
Thanks beef, appreciate it, what did you end up going with on your build? Also, would like to hear from some guys that like to build with Intel and see what kind of build is possible. Thanks.
Your Intel option is e7xxx or e8xxx series at this price, but honestly, read around some. Seems like most people agree that unless you're budget is ~1300+ and you go i7, AMD has the edge is price/performance right now.
In benchmarks, the E8400 appears to be faster than the 720, but that's on a newly formatted rig with nothing running in the background, which is hardly typical. The 720's advantage comes in with it's third core being able to run all of the background processes, leaving two for gaming, and if you're like me and tend to run Firefox with a few tabs, MSN, temperature/usage desktop gadgets, and an anti-virus in the background, you'll see the 720 start to lead over the E8400.
Intel's strong points are super-budget (E5200) and high-end (i7), AMD covers mainstream.