Core i5 -- Gaming -- $1,000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow -- the closer the better!

BUDGET RANGE: €800 // $1,000(?)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (examples: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**


PARTS PREFERENCES: No experience / preference.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, added later.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: current 1024x768 but upgrading to 21".

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (examples: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)


I'm looking for a bit of advice I have on two possible build options. Phenom II X3 or Core i5. Is the Core i5 worth the extra €70? I plan on using this for gaming and pretty much whatever else I can throw at it.

Update: I'm really thinking about just going with Core i5. I do plan on this lasting a few years.

Is the PSU good enough? I'm going to overclock the CPU (apparently it OCs very well) and plan on adding a second 4870 when I get a new 21" monitor at some later stage.

Any other comments about better/incompatible stuff is appreciated!

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  1. Everything looks good....except I have never heard of that brand of psu before. You might want to do a "google search" on that psu or see how much it would be to upgrade to a more well known and reliable brand of psu.
  2. I believe that the i5 has the same memory controller restriction at 1.65 volts as the i7 so you wont be able to use the OCZ ram in there, they all run at high voltages.

    Dont get a 500GB caviar black, get a 640GB caviar black or a 500GB samsung F3, the F3 has a single 500GB platter and is currently one of the fastest drives available for fairly cheap.

    No on that PSU, especially on a crossfire board, get a 750 watt PSU from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling. Super Flower seems to be XION which doesnt make good PSUs, they have their good days but many arent.
  3. @Why_Me: Yes, I was trying to save on the PSU but in retrospect not such a great plan.

    @Hunter315: Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. Would a 640GB Caviar Black run faster than the 500GB Samsung F3?


    Final Question: I literally have no idea which of the following three motherboards to choose from; all basically the same price with the same features. Help? :|

    MSI P55-CD53

    Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3

    ASUS P7P55D LE
  4. The 500GB F3 is a single platter where as the 640GB Black is 2 320GB platters, the F3 should give slightly better sequential transfer rates but the 640GB black is still a good drive. Hopefully toms will update its HDD charts soon.
  5. Ah, I see. Storage isn't an issue, so I'll go with the slightly faster drive then.

    After a crazy amount of time educating myself about the finer points of computers, I've come up with the following build.

    Seems ok running off the 600W PSU? I'm never going to Crossfire and my only slightly overclock the CPU.

    (Is there a problem with editing posts on this board?)
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