New board, CPU, and RAM please!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (CoDs, Crysis, etc.)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case (ATX), peripherals, monitor, PSU (850W, 2x12v30A), GPU (8800GTX for now)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. USA East Coast

PARTS PREFERENCES: Have had good luck with ASUS, but open to suggestions!

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking for ram, cpu, and mainboard suggestions, and anything else I'll need for the transition.

I'd like to spend around 400-500 on this, ideally. I'm currently running Windows7, if that makes any difference.
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  1. Oh, edit, I don't need a HDD either. Is the i5 the top performer right now for the dollar?
  2. Yea for this budget i5 is perfect;

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 ($199.99 + Free Shipping)

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400 ($169.99 + Free Shipping)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279 ($94.99 + Free Shipping)

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 ($29.99)

    Total: $494.96
  3. The i5 will be as good or better of than the AMD 9x5s once overclocked.

    I'd go this route:
    i5 and vigor monsoon iii $238
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.260484

    Gigabyte SLI/CF P55 4gig 1600 Cas 7 ripjaws $245
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.264218


    Total: $483
  4. I think I will go i5. Slightly off topic here, but what makes the i5/i7 outperform the c2q by so much?
  5. The quick answer is the way the chip is built allows for more data to be transfered between the CPU and the rest of the components than the core 2 systems making it faster.
  6. Hey ZZFH, haven't heard of any issues and google didn't help me out. Whats the 411 on capacitor issues?
  7. I see. Well, looks like i5 it is. I appreciate the time you guys put in on the forums helping notsoeducated people like myself!
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    Thanks ZZFH,

    One of the few articles I skipped over figuring it would have been the same ole conclusion. :pfff:
  9. I saw some.
  10. here, where I live, from what I've understood, the .11 are with the faulty firmware
  11. Quote:
    Well if your buying from a flea market in Northern Alberta Canada, then I believe you, but none of the reputable vendors would be carrying Seagate drives with faulty firmware.

    I wish I had newegg here or shipments here, a 800$ worth of newegg desktop costs here about 1000$.
    here the major computer promotion is like this: "buy the latest and the best of the best in computers which runs the latest games!" (specs is only intel, it is hard to find AMD diversity here. when to take a look on the specs you find dual core intel with 31 chipset and 667 1G or memory. not to mention a generic psu and the gpu is usualy o/b.
    people are falling for this like girls running to puppys.
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