Need Help with an i7 Build ~800



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Music, Engineering Software

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor
I would be using my 32" 720p Sharp LCD TV at the moment to output to but would look to buy a monitor around Christmas




MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 currently, maybe upgrade later to 1600x1200ish

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I live near a microcenter



CPU: i7 920 $200

Case: NZXT Tempest (I like the look, willing to change though) 89.99

Thanks in advance for helping guys.
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  1. $800 isn't really enough for a quality i7 build without cutting more corners than I'm willing to cut. You can get a very nice Phenom II X4 build for that price, though.
  2. I will give it a shot but i dont think its possible to do an i7 for 800,

    CPU $200

    Mobo/RAM $333

    HDD $75

    I cant fit a $110 case into the given budget range so here are a couple alternatives that actually have PSUs
    Antec Sonata III $110

    Antec 900 w/ EA650 $170

    If you go with the sonata case that leaves 82ish for a GPU and currently the XFX 4850 512MB cost 90

    Then $25ish for an optical drive brings you to $833
  3. The 4850 as a gfx card isnt a bad idea . Its certainly got enough grunt to game on a 720p screen , and adding a second one in crossfire at a later stage gives you GTX285 + level of performance

    Also possible to save a bit on the hard drive . Thats not going to affect fps , just loading times and capacity .

    But as suggested above a Phenom will build you a better gaming rig at this price level because you have more to spend on gfx cards
  4. This 4850 has a great cooler
    HIS H485QT512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB
    and is only $80 after rebate
  5. computersss said:

    The Cooler Master Centurion 590

    is cheaper than the 690 but very similar. Also, the 690 does not, to my understanding, have a reset button. The 590 also has more fan spaces than the 690.
  6. computersss said:

    nice psu but inadequate for that build . I think 500 watt would be the minimum acceptable in a build like that
  7. i though this too but i think that a way or another there will be a bottleneck in this pc,i suggest that he sells the i7 920 and build with the 800$ a very good Amd system because at this budget i7 seems to be impossible for i7 you have to have at least 1000$ if you can save the money at least more 200$ or sell the i7 processor and build a very good amd build
  8. Hmm perhaps on the lower end of your budget....
  9. at that budget i wouldnt think bout getting a i7
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