Intel core i5 pc for 700$

Hello, I want to buy a core I5 PC... but my budget is tight... 700$.. can anybody help me out wid the configuration!!???
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  1. Ok:

    a) are you building it yourself?

    b) what is it for and what do you plan to do?

    c) Why must it be the Core i5 series, and which one?
  2. A couple of questions answered may help others to provide info.
    (1) what is the indended purpose/use of this computer. ie mainly internet/email vs video encoding vs gaming ( which games and at what resolution.

    (2) Location, ie where would you be getting your parts from. ie Newegg/tiger direct/zippyzoom, vs locally, do you live close to a microcenter.

    Added: a day late and a dollar short, as AMW1011 beat me to the punch.
  3. I happens. ;)

    Though I did forget to ask about his location.
  4. Hey mate,
    I just helped out my girlfriend's mom by building her a computer through I was searching through newegg and such to figure out the best combination of parts for the cheapest amount (she wanted it around $500, the total with shipping ended up being $570) since I figured building it myself would be cheapest, but it turned out ewiz's PC Building was cheaper, and it saved me the hassle of organizing the wires. Here are the specs I ended up with:

    1 Raidmax Ares ATX-801WBP 450W w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case (Black) CA-R801WBP
    1 Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail I5-750BOX
    1 ECS H55H-M (V1.0) Socket 1156/ Intel H55/ DDR3/ V&A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard MB-H55H-M
    1 Super Talent DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit W1600UX4G9
    1 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4350 512MB DDR2 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card, Retail AT-435HDMI
    1 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive HD-W50AAKS
    1 Thermaltake W0093RU Silent Purepower TR2 500W PFC Power Supply (Black) PS-W0093
    1 Lite-On IHDS118-04 18X SATA DVD-ROM (Black), Bulk IHDS118-04

    Sub Total $518.24
    Promotion Savings [CUPID14] -$15.00
    Tax $0.00
    Shipping $75.27
    Total $578.51

    With your higher budget, you can definitely go for a better video card, and some other component you wish to upgrade.

    Here's the link for the Core i5/i7 builder:

    A few notes: I'm having some problems due to (I'm guessing) temperature problems. The stock hs&f is garbage. I don't know if the ewiz guys sucked it up applying the heatsink, or whether I just have bad luck, but prime95 has my i5-750 reaching 82 C. As such, I'm suffering from random restarts.

    I would suggest getting at least the Gigabyte H55M. When I ordered, they had the ECS H55H available and it was $10-15 cheaper, so I went with it. However, looking back over, the features the gigabyte delivers are a lot better (hdmi, digital audio, etc). Also, the ECS audio controller is being funky when I have the front-case audio jacks plugged in... just stay away from the ECS, it's not worth it.

    That's my two cents. Hope it helps!
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