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$1000 i7 or i5 build cant decide???

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February 22, 2010 5:17:40 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: about 2 months buying parts individually i get paid bout $170 a

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: the BEST "GAMING" POSSBILE PERIOD for the price of course

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard and mouse and speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

PARTS PREFERENCES:nvidia or ati whichever is better performance/price wise and i am leaning toward intel but if u can convince me why i should go with an amd quad core then i am willing to listen

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i would also like to in which order should i buy these parts

More about : 1000 build decide

February 22, 2010 11:13:52 AM
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February 22, 2010 11:36:03 AM

+1 for the mobo and nice find on the RAM

600W is plenty if the OP is going to crossfire 2 x 5770's
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February 22, 2010 7:47:28 PM

thanks guys which part should i buy first tho?
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February 22, 2010 7:55:55 PM

Best gaming possible and people suggested a 5770?

Why not go AMD and get a 5870?

for 1000 you will get better performance with an AMD build with a 5850 or 5870 at 19xx res then you will ever get out of an i5 and 5770 at 19xx since your GPU will be the bottle neck.
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February 22, 2010 8:08:49 PM

+1 5870 + 945/955 crushes I5 + 5770.
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February 22, 2010 8:13:55 PM

Speaking solely to i5 versus i7, I just yesterday assembled all of the components for a build in this same price range, and I went with an i5. I did spend some time comparing the i7 to the i5, and my final thought was that for gaming purposes mixed with some browsing and other simple tasks, the benefit of the i7 would be so small as to not justify the added cost.

Now, I plan on going with crossfire as well, and yes, there is that 8x limit with the i5, but I still didn't feel like grabbing the i7 was quite justified for its cost. Will I lose something? Of course. But is it worth the extra $80-$100 or so to fix? I didn't think so.

Now, this was just my own analysis and experience, so I can't say what would be best for you. And I can't speak beyond the i5/i7 comparison. I felt like the i5 was a great choice, all things considered.
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February 22, 2010 8:48:39 PM

well if it can play crysis on a 24 -28 inch moniter at 60frames and maximum settings then i am all for the cheaper option thanks for the advice keep it coming cuz im going to buy a few parts today
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February 22, 2010 9:10:04 PM

I did a little more digging on this topic and found this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-gaming,2403.html. The comparison isn't using quite the graphics card you want, so it's not perfect, but it at least gives you an idea of the kind of differences you're looking at for the i5 versus the i7.
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February 23, 2010 7:49:57 AM

osu43130 said:
Best gaming possible and people suggested a 5770?

Why not go AMD and get a 5870?

for 1000 you will get better performance with an AMD build with a 5850 or 5870 at 19xx res then you will ever get out of an i5 and 5770 at 19xx since your GPU will be the bottle neck.


:heink:  Yeah ok he would get better performance from a 58xx card, but he has a budget of $1000

An AMD setup with a 955 or similiar isnt that much cheaper than a ci5 750 setup

With the parts i listed he's already over budget and theres no OS
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February 23, 2010 11:58:24 AM

Rustyy117 said:
:heink:  Yeah ok he would get better performance from a 58xx card, but he has a budget of $1000

An AMD setup with a 955 or similiar isnt that much cheaper than a ci5 750 setup

With the parts i listed he's already over budget and theres no OS



Actually I did not see he needed a monitor in that mix as well. Not sure I can get it under 1K with a monitor and a 58XX.

However if he gets a 5770 then he will be bottle necked by his GPU p;laying at 19XX resolution. If it is strictly for gaming he might want to bump the processor down even more since games are almost strictly driven by the GPU.

1K does not leave much room to play with when you need to throw in a Monitor and a OS.


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Looks like if he could stretch the budget by about 60 bucks he could get a 5850 but that is as close I can get with a 955. So I still stick with my thought of bumping down the processor some more to fit in the 5850.
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February 23, 2010 12:56:54 PM

Maybe the OP should wait until the 5830 arrives in a few days. Its performance will be inbetween the 5770 and 5850 (like 4890 performance) and go for a AMD phenom 955 setup.
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February 23, 2010 1:31:11 PM

Here is the best I can do for now with a monitor included and a 5850.

The 5850's that I was looking for are out of stock so I just grabbed one that was in a decent combo.

Cheapest Sata Optical $20

Antec 300 $55

SeaGate 7200.12 500 GB $55

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen $170 +40 MIR

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) CL7 $115

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 and AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GH $180

GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 and Antec Earth Watts 750 $385 Plus $15 MIR

Total before MIR is $980 - 45 for MIR = 935

If you can get Win 7 from here for 65 bucks then you are right at your budget of 1000.

Students Win7

With out haveing a valid Student EDU account then you are looking at adding 105 to the price for Win 7 which puts it over budget.

This gives you the USB 3.0 and Sata 6 but no Xfire ability. To add X-fire I can link a board and CPU combo but it will be a bit more and you will loose the USB3 and Sata 6.

The Monitor is killing me...lol I could get a 5870 with out the monitor.
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