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July 10, 2009 10:10:18 PM

Well this will be my first PC build and I'm building it for gaming.

Here's the parts:

Motherboard:ASUS P6T SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB(Xfire in future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD-ROM Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 RC

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well, let me know what you think.


EDIT: has been changed many times Ive decided to go with a i7 build look ^
July 10, 2009 11:23:15 PM

Looks like a good build overall, good luck with it!
July 10, 2009 11:30:58 PM

Great build.
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July 11, 2009 12:39:03 AM

Great Build
July 11, 2009 2:33:40 AM

On the HSF, the sunbeams are very difficult to fit on the UD3P. I have the 120mm on a Asus board and I think its the best bang for the buck HSF ever. But if it won't fit on you're board, might want to consider something else. This site will have some quality alternatives:
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
Either of the XIGMATEK s1283 would work very well for you.

Also, for $5-10 more, you can get a 4870 1gb card. Well worth the extra few bucks.

Be sure to check combos too, you might be able to substitute some parts with other quality parts to get a discount.

Not that the 4870 isn't a capable GPU, but what size monitor you running?
July 11, 2009 2:40:52 AM

Great build, but be warned, in the future, you will not be able to upgrade much at all, your system is using end of life technology, like your socket,ram,processor,and motherboard
July 11, 2009 3:15:14 AM

skora said:
On the HSF, the sunbeams are very difficult to fit on the UD3P. I have the 120mm on a Asus board and I think its the best bang for the buck HSF ever. But if it won't fit on you're board, might want to consider something else. This site will have some quality alternatives:
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
Either of the XIGMATEK s1283 would work very well for you.

Also, for $5-10 more, you can get a 4870 1gb card. Well worth the extra few bucks.

Be sure to check combos too, you might be able to substitute some parts with other quality parts to get a discount.

Not that the 4870 isn't a capable GPU, but what size monitor you running?



Monitor is a 19 inch wide screen native resolution is 1400x900
July 11, 2009 3:16:10 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
Great build, but be warned, in the future, you will not be able to upgrade much at all, your system is using end of life technology, like your socket,ram,processor,and motherboard




yes maybe 5-6 years down the road but this system should last 3-4 years
July 11, 2009 5:16:55 AM

mhm...doubt that with a new socket out and another one due at the end of this year, his comp will be out of the game :) 
July 11, 2009 6:04:22 AM

Yea, at this point AM3 looks to be the way to go for a gaming PC with upgrade-ability down the road at this price point. Try this build and tell me what you think:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $119.49 ($99.49 after $20 MIR)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$85.00 Combo Price: $339.99
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 ($24.99 after $15.00 MIR)
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBPI - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $935.42 / $900.42 After MIR
July 11, 2009 7:32:52 AM

meatwad53186 said:
Yea, at this point AM3 looks to be the way to go for a gaming PC with upgrade-ability down the road at this price point. Try this build and tell me what you think:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $119.49 ($99.49 after $20 MIR)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$85.00 Combo Price: $339.99
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 ($24.99 after $15.00 MIR)
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBPI - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $935.42 / $900.42 After MIR




Hmm id really like to stay with a intel quad 9550
July 11, 2009 8:03:36 AM

So the EP45T-UD3P is going to be out of the game in 2 years or so with the 45nm quad cores?
July 11, 2009 8:30:32 AM

Bump
July 11, 2009 8:47:48 AM

$1000 buys you i7 easily. Take that chance.
July 11, 2009 9:16:56 AM

agree with meatwad

UD3P is a bad compromise - the amd platform saves money for better components. don't be thinking spintel has your interests first on the agenda. google eu intel and see what you learn.
July 11, 2009 3:49:14 PM

Just throwing this out here for you to look at... It's a Core i7 based build on a micro-atx platform. I know what you're thinking micro-atx but check it out its nothing to laugh at :)  . Here are the parts:

MOBO: Asus Rampage II GENE
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU: Intel Core i7
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

GPU: Radeon HD 4870 1024mb
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: OCZ Platinum Triple Channel 6GB 1600MHZ (Assuming you're going for a 64 bit OS)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD: WD 500GB, 7200RPM, 16MB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Modular, 80-Plus
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: Thermaltake Micro-ATX 16 x 7 x 14
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


All together it comes in at $1007 from Tiger. Unfortunately your build, although good, is not upgradeable and so I thought I might explain to you how this particular build could be upgraded: Since the socket 1366 is brand new there will certainly be better processors you can swap in for the 920, you can easily add another 4870 in crossfire, you can double the RAM to 12GB, and you can add another 500GB hard drive. Let me know what you think and if you have any problems with it. Good luck!
July 11, 2009 4:31:33 PM

^...yeah, new quadcores like i7's and the new i5's coming out is what you want to get if you are building a pc right now.
July 11, 2009 5:44:47 PM

+1 for i7.

Thought AMD is a good option, it just won't perform as well as an Intel box will. I wouldn't get an AMD.
July 11, 2009 5:50:39 PM

jbakerlent said:
Just throwing this out here for you to look at... It's a Core i7 based build on a micro-atx platform. I know what you're thinking micro-atx but check it out its nothing to laugh at :)  . Here are the parts:

MOBO: Asus Rampage II GENE
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU: Intel Core i7
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

GPU: Radeon HD 4870 1024mb
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: OCZ Platinum Triple Channel 6GB 1600MHZ (Assuming you're going for a 64 bit OS)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD: WD 500GB, 7200RPM, 16MB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Modular, 80-Plus
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: Thermaltake Micro-ATX 16 x 7 x 14
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


All together it comes in at $1007 from Tiger. Unfortunately your build, although good, is not upgradeable and so I thought I might explain to you how this particular build could be upgraded: Since the socket 1366 is brand new there will certainly be better processors you can swap in for the 920, you can easily add another 4870 in crossfire, you can double the RAM to 12GB, and you can add another 500GB hard drive. Let me know what you think and if you have any problems with it. Good luck!


Looks like a good build but what if I stayed with the q9550? Could you recommend a future proof socket 1366 mobo and good ram that will fit inside antec 300/900?
Id like to stay with the 4870 1gb and what's the differnce between a q9550 and lets say a i7 920? Im hoping This rig will last me a few years and all i would have to do is upgrade to another 4870 in crossfire in the future and then if needed upgrade to w/e new processor that 's out if quads are outdated then.
July 11, 2009 6:16:20 PM

From what I've seen the Core i7 920 just massacres the q9550 in just about every benchmark... As to the full size ATX motherboard a good option is this board by ASUS: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite.... The RAM that I recommended above will work in this motherboard and case so no need to find a new set there. BTW I recommended the same 4870 that you're looking at (1024mb = 1gb).
July 11, 2009 6:20:07 PM

Maybe knowing which games exactly you plan on playing on it would help too...
July 11, 2009 7:29:34 PM

jbakerlent said:
Maybe knowing which games exactly you plan on playing on it would help too...



All the latest games at high/highest settings GTA 4 (not expecting to get 100fps in Crysis tho) Bioshock Source engine games etc...

Hmm so Socket 775 will be Non-upgradeable in lets say a year or so?
July 11, 2009 7:44:38 PM

OK, the 920 will perform about 12-15% better in Crysis. And yes the Socket 775 is EOL (End of Life) and there will be no newer processors released for it.
July 11, 2009 7:58:04 PM

The only processors that might come along for the socket 775 is a low power version of the products out there already. And since you're picking the top of the line (except for the extreme versions) there's no upgrades available for you. Only replacements.

Here's benchies for the i7 vs the 9550. Neither are OC'd though.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=47&p2=50

If you're looking for an upgrade option in 3-4 years, the 1366 should be viable still and by then, the 32nm chips will be available with lots of options. You'd probably need a bios flash just like everyone did for the 45nm chips on the older P35 or 945 mobo chipsets. With that in mind, definately pick a mobo manufacture that will support their products down the line like gigabyte, asus, or evga.
July 11, 2009 7:59:06 PM

jbakerlent said:
OK, the 920 will perform about 12-15% better in Crysis. And yes the Socket 775 is EOL (End of Life) and there will be no newer processors released for it.




But it seems that Intel cant make up there mind on which i7 board to use. Hell, I might just stick with the 775 board with q9550 and be happy with it for a few years
July 11, 2009 8:11:29 PM

?Can you reference what makes you think this?

If you mean 1366 vs the 1156, think of it this way. The i7 is the enthusiast platform and the i5 is the mainstream. So unlike the current system where both the x38/48 enthusiast and p45 mainstream share the same socket, each chipset has its own socket.
The mainstream systems won't cost as much to produce and carry a lower price tag. Its more about profits than upgradability for the consumer. If you have a mainstream system and want a better one, its no longer just upgrading the chip, but the mobo too.
July 11, 2009 8:13:54 PM

jbakerlent said:
OK, the q9550 is still a great processor. What do you mean about them not being able to make up their minds? Here's some more benchmarks http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-q...




Well the i7 Mobo's aren't "mainstream" yet and i belive that intel has way to many 775 mobo's floating around that they will more than likely phase out by the time the i5/i7 boards become "mainstream".


I guess im going to stick with the build i had originally posted especially the q9550/GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P I just want to have a quad-core OCed/ HD 4870 build I'm not looking for the EXTREME!! :o  computer ha ha just a computer that can play games high/max and last me about 2-3 years.
July 11, 2009 8:23:40 PM

Well, I feel like my build, or the i7 builds are MUCH MUCH better for the money and future proofing/upgrade-ability, if you stick with the q9550 build you posted, at least do yourself a favor and upgrade that hard drive to the WD Caviar Black from my build. It's very reliable and one of the fastest HDD's out there, especially for the price. Also, maybe think about getting the HD 4890 instead, as it does outperform the 4870 by a good bit, especially when OC'd, which should make you happier with your build over the next two years, and will last slightly longer in the gaming world. And maybe think about getting the Antec 900, or a case with a tad bit more airflow than the 300.
July 11, 2009 8:31:47 PM

meatwad53186 said:
Well, I feel like my build, or the i7 builds are MUCH MUCH better for the money and future proofing/upgrade-ability, if you stick with the q9550 build you posted, at least do yourself a favor and upgrade that hard drive to the WD Caviar Black from my build. It's very reliable and one of the fastest HDD's out there, especially for the price. Also, maybe think about getting the HD 4890 instead, as it does outperform the 4870 by a good bit, especially when OC'd, which should make you happier with your build over the next two years, and will last slightly longer in the gaming world.




Thanks for you're suggestion's im really baffled on which to choose i7 or 9550 ill have to think about it.
July 11, 2009 8:41:38 PM

Build UPDATED check it out about $900
July 11, 2009 8:50:25 PM

You can put the price difference between the i7 and 9550 (along with the MB and RAM costs) towards another 4870 to Crossfire (or one 4870x2) and you would be much better off for the purposes of gaming.
July 11, 2009 9:09:10 PM

Or he could stick with one 4890 which will be a very capable card, and if he feels he needs to, pick up a HD 5000 series card when they drop at the end of the year.
July 11, 2009 10:22:57 PM

hecto said:
You can put the price difference between the i7 and 9550 (along with the MB and RAM costs) towards another 4870 to Crossfire (or one 4870x2) and you would be much better off for the purposes of gaming.


His monitor is only a 1400x900. A single 4870 should destroy everything now. At that resolution, a crossfire will do more harm than good.
July 12, 2009 3:36:33 AM

skora said:
His monitor is only a 1400x900. A single 4870 should destroy everything now. At that resolution, a crossfire will do more harm than good.




So 4870 or 4890? I could go for another 4870 in the future if I upgrade to lets say a 20-24 inch monitor or just need more gpu power for future games
July 12, 2009 4:02:07 AM

thorox said:
So 4870 or 4890? I could go for another 4870 in the future if I upgrade to lets say a 20-24 inch monitor or just need more gpu power for future games


Yeah, either would be fine. Both will xfire nicely. Just comes down to budget or maybe freebies now that tip the table. You can't go wrong with either card. You pay about a 40% premium for a 10% increase in performance. Check some reviews of the 4890. They will compare it to the 4870 and use that to make your decision.
July 12, 2009 6:12:56 AM

Bump
July 12, 2009 6:44:22 AM

Dark Knight all the way. Reviews say it's close, but it does fit in the Antec 300.
July 12, 2009 11:40:44 AM

This is the site I go to for cooler reviews and rankings. But this one is a no brainer, if it will fit, get the Xiggy. The Arctic7 has been a solid HSF for a long time but its old technology. The direct touch heat pipe is the way to go for OC'ing.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
July 12, 2009 2:40:02 PM

skora said:
This is the site I go to for cooler reviews and rankings. But this one is a no brainer, if it will fit, get the Xiggy. The Arctic7 has been a solid HSF for a long time but its old technology. The direct touch heat pipe is the way to go for OC'ing.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm




I'm going to go with the Xiggy, has anyone had motherboard issues with this Cooler, as in not fitting right etc?
July 12, 2009 2:41:29 PM

Bump...
July 12, 2009 5:45:28 PM

You would be shocked to know you can get a Phenom II w 4870 or 4890 and 4 gigs ddr3 @1333+ or higher, for the same money.

You would be shocked to know you can get current tek with an upgradable FUTURE for the same money or better. This end of life crawp has no future - you don't know - and you are deciding you don't want to know - that's ok - you can do that with your money. I just find it hard to watch you hurting yourself - should I support you in your misery? Sorry if that offends. You will find out eventually tho. Just remember this moment. sigh told you....

You would be shocked to know that AMD's socket AM3 is not only new - but will still be releasing new stuff through 2010 = making for an ongoing EZ upgrade path. I hope that's not offensive.

Also, gaming has no real use for a quad - but people want them anyway - however a tiny little Ph II 550 dual core w 8Megs Cache - same as the Ph II quad - (shocking isn't it?) runs stock at 3.1 ghz and oclox like an insane thing - and you won't be hard pressed for performance for quite a while in games - and then - later - anytime - you can upgrade to a "future-faster" quad - anytime you actually know that you actually need a quad for real world computing reasons - or you can do quad now - still same price or less w better performance. (yep, it's true).

- I would commend you on that decision - or even a quad now decision, altho it won't help you much. But wasting money on end-of-life, overpriced JUNK drives me nuts. :) 

And the price is - I haven't figured it out - same and probably cheaper - shocking, I know - check out the Giga MA790XT-UD4P MOBO - stuff it with decent DDR3, A 4870/4890, and ANY Phenom II cpu that YOU like. It will xfire anytime you are ready.

Add that up - and you get a rocket with EVEN MORE OPTIONS, plus future upgradability. rather than overpriced EOL junk. (I suppose it's all offensive) :) 

O man - what can I say. How about - I don't get paid for this - but you can pay yourself for doing exactly this. The rest of peripherals is minor stuff - it really doesn't matter.
And you can save on stupid extra fans and junk, cos Ph II rins "cold" already.
I recommend a 750w PSU cos you might need "future-power".

That's the best I can do for you - and, sorry to say, I expect you will find this simply insulting. - o well - it's your money.

People are simply shocked to discover this - do the math yourself - you do not have to believe me - I really don't care. It's your money and your game.

sigh
.
July 12, 2009 9:53:17 PM

sighQ2 said:
You would be shocked to know you can get a Phenom II w 4870 or 4890 and 4 gigs ddr3 @1333+ or higher, for the same money.

You would be shocked to know you can get current tek with an upgradable FUTURE for the same money or better. This end of life crawp has no future - you don't know - and you are deciding you don't want to know - that's ok - you can do that with your money. I just find it hard to watch you hurting yourself - should I support you in your misery? Sorry if that offends. You will find out eventually tho. Just remember this moment. sigh told you....

You would be shocked to know that AMD's socket AM3 is not only new - but will still be releasing new stuff through 2010 = making for an ongoing EZ upgrade path. I hope that's not offensive.

Also, gaming has no real use for a quad - but people want them anyway - however a tiny little Ph II 550 dual core w 8Megs Cache - same as the Ph II quad - (shocking isn't it?) runs stock at 3.1 ghz and oclox like an insane thing - and you won't be hard pressed for performance for quite a while in games - and then - later - anytime - you can upgrade to a "future-faster" quad - anytime you actually know that you actually need a quad for real world computing reasons - or you can do quad now - still same price or less w better performance. (yep, it's true).

- I would commend you on that decision - or even a quad now decision, altho it won't help you much. But wasting money on end-of-life, overpriced JUNK drives me nuts. :) 

And the price is - I haven't figured it out - same and probably cheaper - shocking, I know - check out the Giga MA790XT-UD4P MOBO - stuff it with decent DDR3, A 4870/4890, and ANY Phenom II cpu that YOU like. It will xfire anytime you are ready.

Add that up - and you get a rocket with EVEN MORE OPTIONS, plus future upgradability. rather than overpriced EOL junk. (I suppose it's all offensive) :) 

O man - what can I say. How about - I don't get paid for this - but you can pay yourself for doing exactly this. The rest of peripherals is minor stuff - it really doesn't matter.
And you can save on stupid extra fans and junk, cos Ph II rins "cold" already.
I recommend a 750w PSU cos you might need "future-power".

That's the best I can do for you - and, sorry to say, I expect you will find this simply insulting. - o well - it's your money.

People are simply shocked to discover this - do the math yourself - you do not have to believe me - I really don't care. It's your money and your game.

sigh
.





Wasnt offensive at all. I can tell you're a AMD fan boy :D 

Im still thinking of getting a i7 build, idk I keep changing my mind I'll be ordering parts in about 2 weeks.
July 12, 2009 10:01:27 PM

The Xigmatek DK fits on the UD3P without issue.
July 12, 2009 10:11:34 PM

hecto said:
The Xigmatek DK fits on the UD3P without issue.





Thanks
July 13, 2009 1:41:52 AM

Updated I think this is the final list...
July 13, 2009 2:28:15 AM

thorox said:
Updated I think this is the final list...

Thorox take a second and listen to what sighQ2 is saying... Remove the AM3 tone and think about the concept. What je is saying why build a system with an EOL chip/mobo when you can build at the same price using the current chip/mobo (be it AM3 or Core i7) that has an upgrade path. You are building a system that has no room for growth outside of a new build...

I can tell you are a fan of the Q9550... It was a great chip & would highly recommend it for an upgrade on a 775 build but NOT for a new build. I'm looking at one to build my 5 year old a daughter a PC out of my spare 775 components. It will last her a lot long then a real gamer. Her "Fisher Price" games don't demand much... :D 

As I said earlier, take a momment and think about the future path of your PC. Do you want to spend $1000 on a PC with no real upgrade path & my last two years? or Do you want to build a PC with a real upgrade path through new CPU's and have it last 3-4 years? It is your money so you have the right to spend it how you like & it isn't like what you are buying is bad... it just doesn't have an upgrade path, so it'll result in a new build much sooner to keep up with games down the road.

With all of that said... I would recommend the Core i7... but I'm a "Fanboy" :D  so you choose between an AM3 & Core i7 for yourself... We just ask you choose one of the two!! :) 
July 13, 2009 2:48:51 AM

tecmo34 said:
Thorox take a second and listen to what sighQ2 is saying... Remove the AM3 tone and think about the concept. What je is saying why build a system with an EOL chip/mobo when you can build at the same price using the current chip/mobo (be it AM3 or Core i7) that has an upgrade path. You are building a system that has no room for growth outside of a new build...

I can tell you are a fan of the Q9550... It was a great chip & would highly recommend it for an upgrade on a 775 build but NOT for a new build. I'm looking at one to build my 5 year old a daughter a PC out of my spare 775 components. It will last her a lot long then a real gamer. Her "Fisher Price" games don't demand much... :D 

As I said earlier, take a momment and think about the future path of your PC. Do you want to spend $1000 on a PC with no real upgrade path & my last two years? or Do you want to build a PC with a real upgrade path through new CPU's and have it last 3-4 years? It is your money so you have the right to spend it how you like & it isn't like what you are buying is bad... it just doesn't have an upgrade path, so it'll result in a new build much sooner to keep up with games down the road.

With all of that said... I would recommend the Core i7... but I'm a "Fanboy" :D  so you choose between an AM3 & Core i7 for yourself... We just ask you choose one of the two!! :) 




ok but is it possible to build a i7 under 900-$1000? I LOL'ed at the q9550 for you're daughters Fisher Price games ha ha
July 13, 2009 3:44:49 AM

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