I7 gaming build help + pricecheck | $1000+ budget

Alright, first off I would like to thank you all for clicking on my beeeutiful topic.


Now to get down to business. 1 year ago I bought what I thought was a great "gaming laptop" that I built on dells website. It was a Dell XPS m1530,

specs ;

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 ( 2 cores @ 2.00 )
15 inch screen
ect

I bought that for ~1500 dollars... and I was wondering what I could sell that for today?

I have about 800 dollars right now, and however much I could sell that laptop for would be added onto the budget for my new gaming rig I want to build.

Any advice on selling that laptop? Where to go? How much can I get?

Alright now down to my build

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I would love an i7 920, that I would overclock to more then 3.5ghz? I don't know a lot about this but I heard i7's are great at speeds from 3.5-4

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Once I sell my laptop, maybe a coupel weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, Photoshop, 3d modeling

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse- I need everything else

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia, iunno. Whatever is the best

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, i7?

MONITOR RESOLUTION:, 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thanks guys! I'll be checking this topic regularly so please post comments!

Right now I guess you could say I'm looking for some solid parts to go with the i7. Like what power supply, and graphics card. Budget is about $850 + however much I can sell this laptop for

I need everything; excluding mouse. Thanks!
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  1. Do you need a monitor? At your budget to get an i7 system with a monitor you are going to have to skip on the most important component of a gaming computer - the graphics card. Even without a monitor its going to be tight. For better gaming performance a lesser CPU with a better graphics card would perform better.
  2. Yes, I need a monitor. What would be an ideal budget for good graphics card and an i7? Or should I go for an i5?

    Thanks
  3. For an i7 920 build for gaming at 1920x1080 & include a monitor/everything, you are looking $1,500 range as a good starting budget.
  4. Any pricechecks on the laptop or ideas where I can sell it?
  5. This would be a good starting point. Now add in your KB/Mouse/Speakers of your liking then a i5 750 mobo ram HSF or i7 920 mobo ram HSF



    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118030
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $6.99
    • 2 year: $11.99
    $27.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor - Retail
    Item #: N82E16824236074
    Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $199.99
    $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236074


    • Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371025
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    • Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129021
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$80.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $299.94
    $199.94
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.314790


    • SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814102857
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    o 1 year: $29.99
    o 2 year: $49.99
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $414.98
    $384.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.298043
    Subtotal: $847.89
  6. Check that model on ebay, sold auctions only, to see what a realistic selling price is.
  7. Looking at around 700 bucks for the laptop, thats not bad. Some went for more.

    I really like that build so far niklas, thanks!
  8. Add an i7 920 ($280, or $230 at microcenter) and an ASRock x58 extreme ($170-$15MIR at newegg)
  9. Then that leaves the ram, which I would like about 8gb of DDR3. So I'm guessing with this current build it will be around 1400? Like 1300 with an i5?
  10. Alright so can I get some more suggestions for this?

    I decided 6gb of ram would be enough, any suggestions for that?

    i7 or i5

    Suggestions for gaming soundcard?

    I probably want to drop windows 7 out of that deal, I can get it elsewhere.

    Suggestions for mobo compatable with i5/i7?

    Thanks!
  11. ajdef3 said:
    Suggestions for gaming soundcard?


    These days, the onboard audio on a decent MoBo should do just fine. I'd hold off on a soudncard until you've built your rig, see how the onboard is, and then buy a discrete soundcard if you need to.
  12. for a i5 750 maybe something like this



    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231279
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131621
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115215
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215
    Subtotal: $519.97

    You could also upgrade the CPU to a i7 860 witch has HT and a bit higher clock speed ( if you need HT for your photoshop work ) add 80 bucks
  13. for a i7 920 maybe something like this



    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820227365
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115202
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $288.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614
    Subtotal: $438.98 + mobo 309.99 = 750

    Keep in mind you can go with a cheaper mobo also it all depends on your needs and wants
  14. Okay, so I like these two;

    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820227365
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227365

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115202
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $288.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115202


    But the motherboard is a little pricey. Any other suggestions for that? Maybe around 200?
  15. Best board for under $200... ASRock X58 Extreme
  16. Alright, heres what we've come up so far that I like.

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    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118030
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $6.99
    • 2 year: $11.99
    $27.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118030

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181

    ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor - Retail
    Item #: N82E16824236074
    Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $199.99
    $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236074


    • Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371025
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    • Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129021
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$80.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $299.94
    $199.94
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.314790


    • SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814102857
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    o 1 year: $29.99
    o 2 year: $49.99
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $414.98
    $384.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.298043
    Subtotal: $847.89

    +


    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820227365
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227365

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115202
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $288.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115202

    subtotal: 438.98

    +

    ASRock X58 Extreme

    subtotal; 170

    So then all that would come to

    about 1460 dollars. Any suggestions on what to change? The only thing I can think of to cut the price lower right now is get windows 7 elsewhere and get the i7 from microcenter. I would be in the 1300 ballpark.
  17. Looks good... I would do the Microcenter route if it saves you $150
  18. It would be like 230 for an i7, then I wouldn't buy windows 7... so yeah, I might do that. Iunno.
  19. As long as your OS is Vista 64-bit system, you will be okay (don't want a 32-bit system for an i7 build). Otherwise, I would get Windows7 to start with the build.
  20. Yes, I'm getting windows 7 and definitely 64 bit so I can use all the ram. I might just get it elsewhere.
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