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Need ultimate i5 build for mmo gaming!

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October 17, 2009 9:48:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the closer the better)
BUDGET RANGE: Under $1000.00 Before / After Rebates and Shipping


PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse


ORIGIN: New Jersey

PARTS PREFERENCES: Leaning towards an i5 build but not sure if i should buy the i7 for 200.00 at microcenter and spring for that to futureproof me. Or if that will be overkill maybe get something else im clueless here seems like endless options. Need OS as well.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No rather a single high end gpu.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Im looking for a decent computer to play my games, I am currently using a emcahines computer lol with an 8500gt and it runs the game like *** but playable. So I am assuming anything better then this should be fine. Id like to max out the effects of the game, as well as be able to switch between programs quickly. Open to any suggestions main goal is to have a computer to run AION perfectly no problems and thats it.
October 18, 2009 5:40:07 AM

I think you'll have some trouble staying under 800 with an i5 build. I'll put together a list for you in a bit.
October 18, 2009 7:21:51 AM

Yes if you go i5 you'll be a bit too light on the GPU and such. An i5 build with a 5770 video card came to around $950.

So, let's shelve the i5 idea in favor of more performance. You need to get a good GPU for gaming.

AMD X4 945 and Gigabyte 790GX board

G.skill DDR2 1066 and Vista 64-bit W/free upgrade to Windows 7

Cooler Master 690 case and Caviar Black 640GB

Sapphire 5770 and Antec EA650 PSU

Optical drive

That uses up your $800. You'll have to wait on the CPU cooler to OC ;) 
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October 18, 2009 1:19:26 PM

^ Can you explain?
October 18, 2009 2:13:08 PM

Idk if I wanna go with a AMD build kind of like intel better so if you can make a build under $1000 that will be a sweet gaming machine I might want to consider that. Thanks alot
October 18, 2009 2:19:05 PM

You want OS?
Sorry but i got to go now so will post tomorrow if you still have any questions...
@zipzoomflyhigh... Please explain...
October 18, 2009 3:13:38 PM

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Subtotal: $174.98

October 18, 2009 3:22:39 PM

I would not buy any of the cheaper i5 boards until the capacitor blowing issue is resolved. (if you plan to overclock at all) So that would put you way over budget.

This is only if your doing very high OCing like past 4 GHz

I think a 3.6 OC would be a sweet spot

October 18, 2009 4:11:45 PM

Ok so is there a safe mobo to go with as of now with an i5 build to maybe overclock to around or a little under 4.0ghz. And I do need an OS system as well.
October 18, 2009 10:23:37 PM

Satisfying both the "Ultimate" and $500-$800 criteria is gonna be a bit tough.