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Need Help with an i7 Build ~800

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July 29, 2009 10:45:01 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon BUDGET RANGE: 700-800

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


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

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

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I live near a microcenter

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PARTS LIST:

CPU: i7 920 $200
Microcenter

Case: NZXT Tempest (I like the look, willing to change though) 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks in advance for helping guys.

More about : build 800

July 29, 2009 10:49:18 PM

$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.
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July 29, 2009 10:53:29 PM

I will give it a shot but i dont think its possible to do an i7 for 800,

CPU $200

Mobo/RAM $333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 900 w/ EA650 $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you go with the sonata case that leaves 82ish for a GPU and currently the XFX 4850 512MB cost 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then $25ish for an optical drive brings you to $833
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July 29, 2009 11:25:35 PM

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
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July 29, 2009 11:38:29 PM

CPU & Mobo: Phenom II X4 945 & ASUS M4A78T-E - $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 650TX - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 300 - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD Blue 640GB - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so about $800
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July 30, 2009 12:49:49 AM
July 30, 2009 1:59:19 AM

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
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July 31, 2009 4:42:59 PM

Hmm perhaps on the lower end of your budget....
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July 31, 2009 5:33:46 PM

at that budget i wouldnt think bout getting a i7
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