I have two different builds I would love to make, but I can only afford one. Which would you guys go with, between the two builds? If I spent less on the CPU I could get the second graphics card faster, which is good, but will it still work out down the road? This computer will be used for gaming mostly, which makes me wonder if getting more cores is really worth it. I know that software/games will eventually be designed to use more cores, but if 'eventually' means 3 years down the road (before its standard), then wouldn't it be worth getting a dual core now and wait until there are 8x cores or more? Thanks for any discussion, and would love any suggestions to either build!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid to late July
BUDGET RANGE: $1200 - 1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, streaming movies/tv to television, surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, sound card
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, tigerdirect
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, AMD, etc...
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 22 inch LCD
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be running Windows 7
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
GPU: $94.99 Will be getting a second quickly if not at the same time
SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102810
CPU: $279.99 How high could this be easily O.C.'d?
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115202
I would be very tempted to go for the Core 2 Duo setup and then put the money that I saved from not going core I7 into a huge GPU. GTX 280/285, 4870 X2 or something similar. I would expect better gaming performance then.