What do you guys think of this build? I'm on a budget of around $1300 for the core system. I'm a pretty big AMD fanboy, but I'm not opposed to an i7 system.
I do know that Tiger direct rebates are near impossible to get.
This is completely for gaming, not much else. I like to write, but I don't think this will have trouble with microsoft word.
I plan on building this pc in February.
Anyway, Please critique and guide me. I've been building pcs for awhile and fell out of the loop of the computer world, so I've got no idea what's really good and bad right now, at least to the fullest extent.
Mobo: Can't get any cheaper than that. Certainly not one that would be considered good. Get a board that will at least allow you to get 16 GB of RAM and potentially Crossfire: Asus M4A79XTD EVO. In a combo with the CPU for $279 after rebate.
Case: Not really one of the best. I highly recommend the HAF 922 for $100.
I'm assuming it's for gaming. The i5 is the best gaming CPU because of it's turbo boost. Turbo boost allows the i5 to overclock cores that are in use while others aren't. While gaming, typically only one core (possibly two) are in use, so the i5 can automatically overclock that core.
I would just point you to some benchmarks, but the problem is that they don't always say if they've turned turbo on or off. If it's off, the benchmarks are going to be similar for gaming. If it's on, the difference should be significant, but maybe not noticeable.
I will say that typically the 965 is not recommended much. The 965 is so close in price to the i5 that generally people build on the 955 or the i5 and skip the 965 altogether. The reason I recommended the i5 is that you've got a lot of budget left over. You basically have two reasonable upgrades: the 965 to the i5 or the 5870 to the 5970. Depending on your tendency to upgrade and rebuild, the suggestion may differ.