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
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
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)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Nothing crazy
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):
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...