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$2000 - $2500 for Gaming build

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August 10, 2009 2:30:52 PM

As the title says, I have basically $2500 for a gaming rig with a monitor. I current pc is a P4 3ghz. I am not up to date at all with the newer technology. I would like to have a system with Intel Core i7 running at least 3.06GHz. I appreciate you help with links etc... I hope to purchase the parts within a week or 2.

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August 10, 2009 4:03:45 PM

For more information and more detailed advice, here are a few things to help out:

Overclock: No as I do not know how to do this.

Optical: I do not have to have a Blue ray as I dont watch blue ray movies. However I would consider it as I plan on this build to last me for the next 3 years. I do like the sound of litescribe, I dont make a lot of discs, but it sounds like fun, is it worth it?

Case: I dont need a gaming look to it, I am more conservative in outward appearances.

OS: Vista 64 with Win 7 upgrade.

As mentioned above, I want this to last for 3 years, so speed, video, and ram seem to be most important? I would like to have everything and monitor included for around $2350, but I can stretch it to $2500. Thanks again in advance.

August 10, 2009 4:16:31 PM

I would say spend $1200 on it, and use an i7 920 and overclock it since it requires just a few BIOS tweaks.

with the spare money, upgrade the graphics to a 5870 or whatever the top end ATi card is in Q2 2010, and then upgrade the CPU to a hexacore in Q4 2010 as the price should have gone down by then.

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