My dream build

My budget is $500 - $700.

Have had good success with Gigabyte MoBo's & 650 Watt PS's.

I want to build a Intel i7 system for XP Pro, Gigabyte MoBo, 4 GB RAM, 650 Watt PS, 2 CD/DVD Burners, 500GB HDD, Standard Black Case. Need a great Graphics card for my flight simulator too.

Any suggestions?

Thx & Rgds, Jim
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  1. Your not going to get a i7 build with a grate GPU for your budget...

    I7 920 if you live by a microcenter 200 if not 280
    mobo 200
    RAM 180
    PSU 80
    HDD 55
    Case 60 to 100
    DVD 25 each
    GPU depends on your rez of your monitor 150 to 700
  2. What I suggest is you save up more money and then dream some more. The kind of build that you're asking for is easily more like $1200+.

    And why do you want two dvd burners?
  3. I think we can get him a i7 for $700, if you're patient and look for deals.

    CPU: i7-930 $200 - microcenter
    Mobo: ASRock X58 Extreme $160
    RAM: G.Skill 3x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $170
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $125
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
    GPU: HD 5450 $50 after rebate

    Total: $819.

    that's pretty close, you could save by cutting the HDD down a little and possibly the motherboard
  4. 4850 can be found for around $70ish, that would run it. Also if you like the Sonata III case you can get this at fry's right now with a 500w PSU for $79, which is $45 less than the one I listed above. I got this deal for the $75 the other week at staples.com, so if you miss it just keep your eyes open it pops up now and again

    http://www.frys.com/product/5178426
  5. Don't jump on this till someone confirms it can be used with an i7, but I found 4GB of Mushkin's top of the line DDR2 ram for $82 at amazon as well

    http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Enhanced-Redline-Frostbyte-996593/dp/B001JQLEE0/ref=sr_1_1?tag=slickdeals&ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1272333836&sr=1-1

    Yeah it's not 6GB, but for this price you could get 8 for cheaper than what I listed the 6 for.

    If you don't mind going with the new AMD 6 core processors which are similar in performance, tigerdirect has them for $150 right now:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?afsrc=1&EdpNo=6052731&sku=A79-1055&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=lw9MynSeamY-P4E1FcBrfZABYZX6124rAQ
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