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$720 i3-530 vs Q9400 builds

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March 24, 2010 12:31:46 AM

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.

Build 1:
PSU: 450w Corsair 450vx $60
GFX: 5770 Sapphire 100283-3L $150
HD: 500GB Segate ST3500418AS $55
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E $155
CPU: i3-530 $120
HS: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 $35
RAM: GSkill Ripgaws 4GB DDR3 $110
DVD: Sony Optiaric $46 (Two)
OS: W7 Home Premium OEM $105
Total: $836 (might cut the heat sink and hopefully get around $40 for comboing items, might be over budget)

Build 2:
PSU: 450w Corsair 450vx $60
GFX: 5770 Sapphire 100283-3L $150
HD: 500GB Segate ST3500418AS $55
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L $80
CPU: Q9400 $190
HS: Xigmatek HDT S963 $23
RAM: OCZ 4GB OCZ2p10664GK $66
DVD: Sony Optiaric $46 (Two)
OS: W7 Home Premium OEM $105
Total: $775 (hopefully get around $40 for comboing items)

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.

More about : 720 530 q9400 builds

March 24, 2010 10:55:06 PM

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.

Found this combo, OCZ 550w PSU and DVD Sony Optiarc, saves me about $30 compared to the Corsair 450vx and Sony Optiarc.

Updating my build 1:
Mobo: ASUS P7H55-M PRO
PSU: OCZ Fata1ity 550w
the rest is the same, total cost looks to be about $750 (just saw those Sony Optiarc's increase $2 each :(  )

BTW I forgot to mention we plan to buy around the end of the week.
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March 24, 2010 10:56:58 PM

Good build, I would consider the 5 item combo, but whatever.

Also, Keep in mind the PSU in that combo is not the best, but the discount is enoguh that you can buy a new one in 5 years when the current one blows. :) 

Great build mate, glad to help.

Also, If he needs a case/PSu this is strongly recomened.

You should buy that combo, and the MOBO combo.
March 25, 2010 10:23:26 PM

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
CPU: I5-750

Thanks for your help builderbobftw! :) 
March 25, 2010 10:36:34 PM

Allright good.

3 things.

1). You should stick to p55 for i5-750, bot h55

2). If you're freind is a gamer, I would recomned sticking to the i3 and buying a 5850 over the 5770, with the extra 100$.

3.) If you're firend doesn't care musch about gaming, prehaps he could build an X58 build, With a microcenter 200$ i7-930?
March 25, 2010 11:55:21 PM

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.

Anyway, thanks again!
March 26, 2010 12:03:15 AM

I would not recomend the 5670 for gaming.

It is 100$, only 50$ less that thr 5770, and is much slower than other 100$ options tlike the GTS 250/4850.

At this price point I would recomend GTS 250/i7-930


i3 530 and 5870 based on werther he likes to game or not.
March 26, 2010 12:03:48 AM


An i3 and a 530 to save some cash and possibly be under budget.