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January 28, 2010 3:32:22 PM

hey guys, i am building a strictly business computer for a friend, and i was thinking i3 for the cost, power consumption, and most of all, on-board graphics. i was wondering also how much of a difference the turbo boost makes, since if its not much, i dont have to get the 650, but if it does, then i guess i might get the 650...butttt the 650 costs almost as much as the 750, and i would think, and have seen/heard the 750 is better, but in this, the i3s beat it:

i think i will be going with i3s, but im not quite sure. the build with a monitor and os cannot exceed 1000$, but if it makes a massive difference, 1100$ can work. this thing needs to be rock solid, so i'm preferring corsair/ocz/asus/gigabyte for the major parts. obviously f3 1 tb, but just about anything else goes. im open to suggestions, but i already have a sub 1000$ good looking build, so you have to beat it :D  :

and then i cant decide between these two cases, i have used the azza before, so it is very high quality, but they are both very good:

either way its around 950$, so anybody beats that, you get a cookie :D 

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January 28, 2010 3:41:42 PM

You can easily negate speed step with OC ing.

The reason why the i3's match the more expensive CPU's is their high clock rate. Bear in mind, OCing any of the other CPU's to the same speed would result in them beating the i3's. From early reports it looks like the i3's have a similar OC ceiling as i5-750s/i7-920's.

Um your build would be very easy to beat. The question is whether you're purchasing it soon enough to take advantage of the combo/deals we find.
January 28, 2010 3:43:53 PM

lol go ahead, i have already seen the lian li ocz 700 watt combo, but he doesnt need that at all, and a few others...he doesnt want any oc'ing at all, he want it to be stable as a rock, and want to keep the stock cooler.
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January 28, 2010 4:13:42 PM

Well here's a build based on i3-540

Componenets that are teh same

Spinpoint f3 $89.99

Hanns G $179.99

MS $21.99

Corsair XMS3 $109.99

Win 7 OEM $104.99

Different COmponents

Antec 300 $51.99 w/ code EMCYZNT57 Free shipping

OCZ Modxstream 500w + LG $73.98 w/ $25 MIR

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2H + i3-540 $221.98

Total $862.90 $25 MIR, but only $9.65 shipping to NYC

$50 price diff btwn CPU's. Mine also has more MIR and cheaper shipping, $25 putting those 2 together :D 

so figure $887.90 for a comparison vs your original build.

But remembers, it's all savings from combo deals , free shipping and codes that expire soon.