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April 23, 2010 9:58:38 PM

I need help deciding between i7-930, i5-750, or 955be. This build is for gaming, work, and media. I have about 2.5k budget to spend on everything, but I really want to spend no more than 2k and less than that if possible. Here are the parts I will use in the build.


HDD/SSD- I am buying an ssd for sure.


GPU- 5870 whichever one is available at the time

CPU cooler- is this a good one ?

and probalby a cheap dvd or bluray player dont know yet. anyone recommend a good/cheap bluray player?

I will buy a 1080p monitor at a local electronics store

If i add the i7-930, p6x58 mobo, and 7cas 6gb ram the total is about 1.8-9k without monitor ( I am leaning towards the i7-930)

What cpu/mobo would you guys buy? The programs that i use are pretty much microsoft office word, excel, and access. I am not one to upgrade components; at most I will throw in another 5870 in the future, so mobo must support xfire.

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April 23, 2010 10:39:08 PM

$230 Antec 1200 w/ CP-850
Closest alternate would be HAF 932 w/ Corsair HX850

$515 ASUS P6X58D-E w/ Intel i7-930

$200 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 7

$90 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

$225 SSD

$50 CPU Cooler, fans, and doodads. See below

$105 Serviceable Blue Ray

$700 Twin Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GTX 470 (Fermi)
$640 Twin ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 HD 5850

GFX Card costs in dollars per frame at 1920 x 1200 DX11 hi settings (10 test average):

ATI 5970 11.78
nVidi 480 9.62
nVidia 470 9.08
ATI 5870 10.41
ATI 5850 8.89

$35 Card Reader AFT XM-35U

$2090 - 2150
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April 23, 2010 10:47:37 PM

Great build Jack but I disagree with the CPU choice. There is no reason to get more than an i5 750! Switch out the CPU, MOBO & RAM for...
Intel Core i5 750
ASUS P7P55-E Pro
G.SKILL RIPJAWS 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7 (the blue ones :)  )

HSF Update: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
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April 23, 2010 11:02:25 PM

+1, i5 750 would be a better choice here IMO.
April 23, 2010 11:31:18 PM

+1, i7-750 with a V8 Cooler is the bomb!