I3-530 or I5-750 Gaming system

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next few months

BUDGET RANGE: 500-750usd

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, general school usuage, movie watching.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS, Hard drive, CD Drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or Tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid-Full Tower. Prefer Intel, but not averse to AMD.

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not, although I hear the Clarkie's are great for it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, running single gpu

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be running a single GPU, single sound card, possible a network card, and that's it inside the case, so micro ATX isn't off the table.

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I was looking at parts, but got bamboozled by all the mobo options out there right now from h55 to p55 and some that include usb3.0 and sata 6gb/s options, so I was unsure where to start that would fit in my budget.
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  1. Neither. You should be going with AMD on that budget.

    CPU: X4 620 $99
    Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO $110 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    PSU: Silverstone 750W $90 after rebate
    Case: Antec 300 Illusion $50
    GPU: HD 5850 $290

    Total: $754.
  2. Ok, Assume I can take the case/power supply out (I have an Antec P182 case and a 600 watt psu), that frees up around 150 to allocate elsewhere.

    Also, if it helps: I'm currently running a 1.8ghs Dual Core with 4gigs of ddr2 667mhz ram and an 8800gt 512. I'm looking to play most of the upcoming games and from what you posted, I'm guessing the reliance on GPU is much more important these days than processor/ram?
  3. None of that helps the new build. And gaming was pretty much always dependent on the GPU.

    Take that $150 and get an HD 5870 for $395 and upgrade the CPU to a X4 925 for $140. That brings the total to $760.
  4. Hell no go with Intel i3 or i5 processors they kick ass

    Processor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4959973&Sku=I69-0750 Intel Core i5 750 $179 (when on sale otherwise $199)

    Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5581067&CatId=4720 EVGA P55 V SLI Motherboard $79

    Memory/Ram: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3642209&CatId=3361 Corsair Dual Channel GDDR3 4GB (2x2) 1333MHz $114

    Power Supply: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3973822&CatId=2534 Coolmax 950-Watt Power Supply $89 (after rebate)

    Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5222597&CatId=32 NZXT M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case $59

    GPU 1: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3738445&CatId=3585 EVGA 9800 GTX+ 512MB $134

    GPU 2: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3738445&CatId=3585 EVGA 9800 GTX+ 512MB $134

    DONT worry that motherboard DOES support SLI

    TOTAL = $788

    You can always save on your processor by getting an i3 530 for $129
    Or only running one GPU but i would really recommend using 2
  5. Thread died awhile ago buddy. And normally, I'd let it die but you are giving some sub-par advice. Running 2 GPUs off a new build negates one of the important factors of CFX/SLI: putting another card in the future when need be. In addition, while the 9600 gtx+ have been awesome cards in the past, they are last gen. You can pick up a 5830 for the price of 2, for example and have all the 5xxx series perks (dx11, energy efficiency, etc.).

    But what caught my eye most is the PSU you recommended. It will murder systems.
    I think jonny's said it the best. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=106

    Take this as education and not flaming, I don't mean to demean you.
  6. Quote:
    Hell no go with Intel i3 or i5 processors they kick ass

    Processor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4959973&Sku=I69-0750 Intel Core i5 750 $179 (when on sale otherwise $199)

    Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5581067&CatId=4720 EVGA P55 V SLI Motherboard $79

    Memory/Ram: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3642209&CatId=3361 Corsair Dual Channel GDDR3 4GB (2x2) 1333MHz $114

    Power Supply: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3973822&CatId=2534 Coolmax 950-Watt Power Supply $89 (after rebate)

    Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5222597&CatId=32 NZXT M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case $59

    GPU 1: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3738445&CatId=3585 EVGA 9800 GTX+ 512MB $134

    GPU 2: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3738445&CatId=3585 EVGA 9800 GTX+ 512MB $134

    DONT worry that motherboard DOES support SLI

    TOTAL = $788

    You can always save on your processor by getting an i3 530 for $129
    Or only running one GPU but i would really recommend using 2

    I'm sorry but for that price he should go with the 5770.
  7. jbranum said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next few months

    BUDGET RANGE: 500-750usd

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, general school usuage, movie watching.

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS, Hard drive, CD Drives

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or Tigerdirect

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid-Full Tower. Prefer Intel, but not averse to AMD.

    OVERCLOCKING: Probably not, although I hear the Clarkie's are great for it.

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, running single gpu

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be running a single GPU, single sound card, possible a network card, and that's it inside the case, so micro ATX isn't off the table.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I was looking at parts, but got bamboozled by all the mobo options out there right now from h55 to p55 and some that include usb3.0 and sata 6gb/s options, so I was unsure where to start that would fit in my budget.


    That is easy to answer for you , The Intel i5 750 is alot better than a i3 (eventhou the i3 and i5 Dual core clocks are higher) But Quad Cores rule for Gaming.
    Here is a link to prove that what I am saying is true. http://www.tomshardware.com/system-configuration-recommendation-58.html

    Here is a CPU Heirarchy chart to clear up thing about what is best
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,2570-7.html
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