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March 11, 2010 4:13:56 PM

Hi,

just need some suggestions on a new pc. first of all i have a $500-$600 budget for a new machine.

my friend keeps pestering me to get an i7 processor, but i think it's overkill and a quad core would do.
thinking of at least 4gb or ram.
and im fairly decided on getting a 1 TB hdd

any suggestions on brands/builds/makes for those?

and i have no clue on what mobo,GPU to buy.

another thing im considering is a multi GPU system? im not sure if this would be enough but if this is a good idea, i might be willing to raise my budget to around $700


any help would be appreciated.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 11, 2010 4:41:30 PM

$700 and you want an i7, 1 TB HDD, and multiple GPUs. Let me check my "never gonna happen" builds...

Here's the absolute best build you can get for $700, excluding a monitor, OS, and any other extras:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $197 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $130
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $29

Total: $701
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a b 4 Gaming
March 11, 2010 4:46:06 PM

What resolution would games be played on?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 11, 2010 4:49:43 PM

Just to be clear, i7 builds tend to start at around $1400 or $1500 for gaming machines (and even then, you'd be able to get a better gaming machine sticking with i5 or AMD). You can get them at around $1000 or so if you never intend to play anything more advanced than Minesweeper/Solitaire. There's also no benefit to going with an i7 if you only intend to game...where those processors shine is serious editing and/or number-crunching.

And there's no benefit to going with multiple graphics cards if there's a better single card at your price point. Some games don't handle multiple cards at all, some games handle them ok, but as a general rule, 2 cards aren't going to scale 100%. It's typically more like a 60-70% increase in graphics muscle when you go from 1 card to two.
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