Im building a $720 USD (before shipping, tax and after MIR) computer for a friend, and im stuck between two builds. ($80 for case he is picking not included in the $720)
Mostly for gaming and he has a 1680x1050 monitor.
Basically which would make the better gaming computer? i3-530, dual core with Hyper Threading vs the older Q9400 quad core. Will be overclocking abit.
Also other cost cutting items of better value are welcome.
The case is being chosen by my friend and I even now don't know which he has picked. That 5 item combo looks to be great if I can convince him to take that case.
Only about 3 hours ago I have found the time to look into detail at the various combos and that first link with the ASUS P7H55-M PRO is great, it also cuts down the motherboard cost putting me on budget.
Good news, my friend finally picked out which case he wants and it turns out to be that Antec 300. Also Ive figured out he dose not need a copy of Windows 7 as he can get a copy for free for being a UCSD student, so that frees up a good $105 for me to get him a i5-750 instead of the i3-530.
So reworking the combos I can get the entire computer for $800. (Right on target )
Recap build 1, everything the same except:
Mobo: ASUS P7H55-M PRO
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Case: Antec Three Hundred
Unfortunately Im nowhere near a Microcenter, those i7 920s and 930 are a really great deal for $200. (Though he dose have a motorcycle and dose like to drive on long trips... I will need to ask him if he is up to the task and make sure an X58 build is within his budget)
Good catch with the P55 for the i5-750 and not the H55 motherboards.
Its looking like he might keep that extra $100 rather than upgrading to the i5-750. And a new development for the monitor is that he might be trading his 1650x1050 for his fathers 1280x1024 monitor because he has sight issues, and the bigger screen would help a lot. Knowing that, it would potentially make his 5770 overkill (maybe drop to a 5670) and the 650w Antec PSU seems huge as well. But we shall find out tomorrow.