Hoping for advice on an i5 build -- Approx. $1200 budget
Usage: Gaming, Software Development, Office Apps Budget Range: $1000 - $1300 O/S: Windows 7 Professional 64bit Parts Not Required: video card (have 4830), Monitors, Storage Drives (have 2, one TB) Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 (main) and 1280x1024 (second) Overclocking: No
first off, wrong mobo. it is p55, and you need an h55, of which there are like 10, which brings me to my next point. bad cpu. it cost 10$ more than the i5 750, and doesnt perform as well. i would get this build:
this is better, and your ssd isnt bad (are any of them ) but it has kinda slow write speeds, so i recommend this one over that one, but either is fine. final price is 879.93, so you could crossfire your 4830, or sell the 4830, and get a 5770.
Thanks for the (quick) advice. I was looking at i5 750 before but I suppose I got sucked in by a simple numbers comparison (32nm vs 45nm and lower wattage for 32nm). I'm very paranoid about heat in a system. I usually buy my graphics cards in-between new systems ( every 1.5 years vs. every 2.5 yrs for a system) so that's why I was sticking with the 4830 and then buying whatever is around $150 next fall.