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$2000 gaming computer

Building a gaming rig. Would prefer to keep it $2000 or less. Must have windows 7. Must have ms office (unless there's some way to uninstall it from the computer I'm using it and install it to a different computer). Monitor advice welcomed if for some reason HYUNDAI W240D Black 24"is not good, b/c that's what I was looking at buying ($340 post S&H on newegg).

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: April 2010

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: pwning n00bs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: can use old keyboard, mouse, speakers if price is cutting it close, sound card as well.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg I suppose, though any reputable site would do. Would prefer to keep it to 1-2 sites max for S&H reasons. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am debating between i5 750 and a newer i7. So far I don't see a difference from the i5 750 and the newer i7s that justifies the price difference, but I haven't done the best of jobs keeping up with them.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (as recommended)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: the monitor I mentioned is 1920x1200. If it is suggested that I go with a weaker monitor, the maximum resolution of the monitor may affect whether or not a certain graphics card is worth it or not.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would appreciate if approximate prices are listed beside parts, as well as speeds where appropriate, for comparison's sake.
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  1. i cant help much if you plan on buying in april, so much can and will happen by then...fermi, 32 nm, 6 core, loads of other crap.
  2. Check out my I7 post for under 1500.00
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  4. haha i know, i have answered like 4 of these. 1 month is too early let alone several months...
  5. Haha yeah I'm looking at other links... well since people are reading this, could someone show me where I could find info on the gaming (i.e. all I care about) value of the i7 vs the i5, and also dual channel ram vs triple channel, and is DDR3>>DDR2 or just slightly better? I've seen several explanation of what each is, but I'm a gamer not a computer engineer; all I care about is price/performance ratio:P
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  7. vaerax said:
    Haha yeah I'm looking at other links... well since people are reading this, could someone show me where I could find info on the gaming (i.e. all I care about) value of the i7 vs the i5, and also dual channel ram vs triple channel, and is DDR3>>DDR2 or just slightly better? I've seen several explanation of what each is, but I'm a gamer not a computer engineer; all I care about is price/performance ratio:P


    I upgrade GFX and CPU about 2 years after a new build. If you do something similar do, the 1366 build. Here's why:

    a) future availability of hexacore processors for X58-based platforms
    b) support for high-bandwidth devices such as professional RAID controllers
    c) ability to support triple-channel memory that will probably only noticeably benefit hexacore processors.
    d) increased bandwidth on PCI-E lanes x16 x 16 versus x8 x8 for 1156 (Note NF200 chipset add on gets by this)

    If you don't upgrade in a similar fashion....then the extra OC ability of the 1156 based CPU's makes this route the obvious choice.
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