I7 Home Built - $800-1500

Hello all :)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 months, am still debating whether or not to build it or to buy it from some place like Cyberpower

BUDGET RANGE: $800-1500 (the lower the better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D Rendering, Gaming, Web design, internet, etc. (pretty much an all-purpose computer)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Tigerdirect, but other reputable companies could do.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Definately an i7 (probably a 920), an Nvidia video card, good case with good airflow (maybe a Coolermaster HAF 932?), and possibly a 24-26 inch screen. Also, no preference on type of RAM, but would like 6gb.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would like very big... don't know exactly.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a pretty cool looking PC, as well as would like it to be pretty quiet (but probably wouldn't want liquid cooling.... don't want something to go wrong and ruin some components).
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    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
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    AMD ATI Radeon HD 5850*

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
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    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
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    * This card is not out yet, but should be very soon

    I chose i5 because I feel the performance in gaming is very similar to the i7, and unless you really want to do crossfire with high end cards, the performance gains will be negligible. You do however do some 3D rendering, which the i7 would be better at, though I felt that with a nice monitor, the budget would get pretty close to the upper end with an i7.
  2. 2-3 months...@_@ I suggest you make a new topic a week before buying because prices will bounce up and down especially now that the 5870 is out. So, yea come back later dude.
  3. Ok, I didn't even think about that.... I was sort of wanting an idea about it for a while after.... I guess I will wait then.
  4. Quote:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 months, am still debating whether or not to build it or to buy it from some place like Cyberpower

    I would suggest building it yourself it you want it fully customized, although sometimes if you buy a pre-built system from a place like Cyberpower it can be cheaper. You'll have to look at their places and do the math yourself.
  5. Ok, do you know of any other ones besides Cyberpower? (with acceptable prices, not some place like alienware ;))
  6. No, not really, sorry. Your best bet would be to look around the area that you live in. I'm in Canada, and there's a company called PC Cyber where I'm living. A lot of their prices are comparable to Newegg and they have some systems that are about $20 cheaper to buy from them than the build yourself. You just have to find a place in your hometown (or nearby city).
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