More about : build 700
- Well, I'll pose this question to you: what do you seek to gain from having an i5-750? Like I said, the responsiveness of a system will more likely be the responsibility of your storage subsystem: Quad cores really only come in handy once you start encoding, playing high-end video games, Fold@Home, or other CPU-intensive tasks generally unrelated to the average home user.
- Of course, that's just from my experience with a q9550 and a 640gb Caviar Black.
- Could I know what you've been using so far as a computer, as well, and what differences you're expecting with this new build and your old computer? If you haven't used a modern sub-$100 chip before, you might not understand exactly what kind of firepower you're dealing with when you make the jump from an old Pent 4 2.4ghz to an i5.
- if your goal is to play games like bad company 2, which hasn't even been released yet, a years-old 9800gt will not be sufficient, although on a 19" monitor you will have relatively low res so with reduced details games will run ok. but what about a year from now? if you want to be able to play the newest games then with decent frames and details, you'll need to bump that up.
- if you're absolutely married to the i5, then with your budget the 9800 and its ilk are what you'll probably have to settle for, although there are build-wizards on TH forums that may be able to give you some better options...
- another possibility is going for an amd build and getting either a directx 11-capable 5770 or a brute-force 4870. for gaming purposes, this will be much more effective than an i5 build with a far inferior video card. the fact is, most games rely much more heavily on gpu power, and for these games your i5 isn't really going to help you much if your gpu is outdated.