Help me decide which I should go with Q9550 or i7 920 build. Final ver

Hi these are my final versions and I am just about to buy.

This machine is going to be used as a virtual pc host and will have WIN2K8 installed on it. Pref using Hyper V for VMCs. It will not be a gaming machine so it doesnt need any hot GPU wise.

All it needs is a decent multicore CPU and RAM.

Here are the specs I have put together. Please check to see if the parts look compatible or what could I swap out to make it cheaper.

And which one would you go for?

Intel Q9550 Build
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Yorkfield Core, S775, 2.83GHz, 1333MHz, 12MB L2 Cache, 8.5x, 95W, Retail £169.96
CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case w/o PSU £45.97
MOBO: Asus P5Q PRO, iP45, S 775, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR2 1200MHz, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £99.46
HDD: 1TB Samsung HD103UJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ £63.81
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066), 240Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15, EPP £93.47
GPU: 512MB Sapphire HD 4350, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 800MHz GDDR2, GPU 600MHz, 80 Cores, D-Sub/ HDTV/ DL DVI-I £28.34
DVD: LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±R, 16xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, OEM £16.43
PSU: 700W Storm LPK19-35 ,120mm Silent Fan, 24pin +4 pin +12V PSU ATX 2.2 £26.39

Total £557.15

Intel i7 920 Build

CPU: Intel i7 920, S 1366(B), Nehalem, 2.66GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, Cache 8MB, 20x Ratio, 130W, Retail, (SLBEJ) £211.80
CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case w/o PSU £45.97
MOBO: Asus P6T SE, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 2000/1866/1800, SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX £141.65
HDD: 1TB Samsung HD103UJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ £63.81
RAM: 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600MHz), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24 £78.03
GPU: 512MB Sapphire HD 4350, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 800MHz GDDR2, GPU 600MHz, 80 Cores, D-Sub/ HDTV/ DL DVI-I £28.34
DVD: LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±R, 16xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, OEM £16.43
PSU: 700W Storm LPK19-35 ,120mm Silent Fan, 24pin +4 pin +12V PSU ATX 2.2 £26.39

Total £625.35
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  1. any helpers?

    Thanks
  2. Depends on budget. With only a 75 pound difference, I'd stretch to an i7.

    You do need to budget for a better power supply, though.
  3. +1 for the i7 and better PSU...
    Rather spend little more on better PSU now than taking the risk of powering those costly components with a cheap, low quality PSU...

    Even the Antec EA500/ Corsair 450VX PSU is more than suffice for that setup...and they are 80+ certified and far better than some unknown brand 700W PSU...
  4. True.

    But i,m trying to save some £££ on the build.

    I have a Corsair 700W in my other i7 920 PC.

    What decent PSU can I put in the i7 build then without too much additional cost?

    Thanks


  5. Thanks I may go for this one then.
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  7. Pardon ??
  8. Just ordered the following spec

    550w Corsair VX Series PSU, ATX, PS/2, 5 year Warranty

    512MB Gigabyte HD 4350, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 800MHz GDDR2, GPU 650MHz, 80 Cores, D-Sub/ DL DVI-I/ HDMI

    Intel i7 920, S 1366(B), Nehalem, 2.66GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, Cache 8MB, 20x Ratio, 130W, Retail, (SLBEJ)

    Asus P6T SE, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 2000/1866/1800, SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX

    Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case w/o PSU

    LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±R, 16xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, OEM

    1TB Samsung HD103UJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ

    6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600MHz), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24

    Total £665.40
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