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January 29, 2010 10:01:08 PM

This is a budget build for moderate gaming such as World of Warcraft and Left 4 Dead 2. Under $700 budget for build (after the PSU since I already bought it a while back on sale) Please rate! Any helpful suggestions are appreciated.


- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor



- ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard



- CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)



- COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower



- Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply

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January 29, 2010 10:40:21 PM

Video Card??? The Sabertooth 55i doesn't have onboard GPU, so you will need one. Also, the MOBO is a great MOBO but a little high in priced for a budget build, so you could cut cost there, if required.
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January 30, 2010 4:53:51 AM

Sorry, forgot to mention I already have an Nvidia 9600gtx OC.
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January 30, 2010 5:32:54 AM

Great deal on the power supply. If you can find a 600W for less though, it's all you would need even if you were to upgrade your video card. Ram looks nice with some low timings.

I would personally go with:

Phenom IIx4 955 BE $166
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus motherboard, crossfire support $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Savings: $159

Performance hit:
Arguably none none for gaming.
With your current video card, definitely none for gaming.
i5 definitely beats 955 in other tasks.
Another difference would be lack of support for Nvidia's SLI with the 955 board. You could choose another board that does support it, but then you wouldn't have support for ATI's crossfire.
The i5 is a better overclocker, apparently.

Advantage:
Ability to upgrade to a 6-core without having to dish out $1000 in Q2 this year.
Ability to upgrade to new bulldozer desktop processors? Then again, AMD might choose to go with a new socket when they come out in 2011 so it would be a gamble.
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May 20, 2010 10:34:48 PM

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