Ok so THIS is what I have so far. I am trying to put together a rig that will blow any prebuilt away.
The thread title suggests an i7 build, but thats only because im not sure if there is anything that can be OCed to give it a run for its money. I guess the question is "is the extra $100 to go up to an i7, worth the performance gains" if NO, whats the next best thing?
Also, the MOBO is a big debacle for me. I want to make sure that this rig is able to utilize its full potential, but is the pricey MOBO really worth it...IDK. Initially I though that not having to buy a pricey GPU normally used in my gaming rig builds, that this build would be easy, I have learned my lesson.
$1000 is a hard ceiling price wise, but if there really aren't substantial gains to be had with $1000 rig, a cheaper $800 rig would be fine to. I thought about getting some cheaper 1333 DDR3 Ram, as well as a smaller PSU cause im not sure how much power a rig like this needs...
You don't want to use that old, slow HD. Hard drives have advanced a lot since that drive was built. You should be looking for a single 500GB platter drive. I usually recommend the Samsung F3 500GB drive, but it's so popular it's sold out again. The Seagate drive would be a good second option.
You do NOT want to get that RAM for an i7 build. The maximum RAM voltage for the i5/i7 chips is 1.65v. That RAM is rated at 1.85v - 1.95v. That voltage would fry your CPU in no time. Here's some G.Skill RAM with the same specs that runs at 1.6v: