$600-$700 i5 or i7 build

I know $700 for a decent i7 build is probably too much to ask...

I'm having a hard time deciding b/c I found an i7 for $200 and an i5 for $150.
With the i7, I'd have to get 3gigs of trip channel ram or pay an extra $40 for 6 gigs making the total build $90 more expensive.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: Moderate Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, OS (Win 7), DVD drive, monitor, mouse


PARTS PREFERENCES: No, I just want to make sure the reviews/quality are good

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe some moderate overclocking

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (See below for card I'm thinking of)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, preferably a window (or even clear acrylic) if it's not too much to ask

Some parts I have chosen (NONE OF THESE ARE SET this is just what I've been thinking of getting maybe):

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CPU: i7 920 or i5 for $200 and $150 respectively

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retai $45 after rebates

GPU: ??? Best one that fits budget

RAM: 3 gig trip with i7 or 4 gig dual w/ i7 (if possible) or i5???

Case: Not sure??? Preferably a window, not tacky, good airflow

CPU cooling: The 212 seems good, but is it loud?

Mobo: i7 920: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $120

i5: MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard It's uATX, so...It'll need a compatible case $120

total price w/o RAM, cooling, case, gpu is $325-375 so if I keep these components, I have $375-325 for the rest...

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  1. For gaming go with the i750 system:

    Take the money saved and buy a 5770, Antec 300 Illusion case, and Hyper 212.
  2. Thanks for the advice on the components. Yeah, based on those benchmarks I'll go with the i5. I was thinking of the 920 b/c of motherboard upgradability, but in 4 years or so, there will probably be a new socket out anyway...
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