SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, all-around home PC
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, speakers, and OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, micro center COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've always had good luck with Asus mobos, Intel i5 or i7, non-blinged out midtower case
OVERCLOCKING: doubtful SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (future)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, or 1920x1200
I'd appreciate some feedback and general advice on the 2 builds I'm considering. I'm looking for a best-bang-for-the-buck PC that's going to last a while. The PC will primarily be used for games (nothing too hardcore right now) and general use. It will not be used for watching movies.
I know I'm probably spending too much on the motherboards, but I've always thought it was money well spent. Talk me out of them if you really think it's a waste of cash.
I've been reading about how the i5 is better for games than the i7 with a single GPU. I just thought that the i7 (with hyper-threading) would be more of a benefit in the long run....plus I'd be using thriple channel ram vs. duel channel.
I also took your advice on the monitor and went with the 23" Acer.
^ For a gaming and home-PC, I dont think you will benefit much with hyper-threading and Tri-Channel...Only in highly multi-threaded apps like video editing, photo editing s/w will take use of this...
And as for games they still have to utilize fully the available 4 cores...So hyper-threading is a long way to go...
With the money saved by going with i5, actually you can get the HD 5870 and enjoy the games in their full glory...