SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Most: Gaming, World of Warcraft specifically with capabilities for modern games as well. I have a home theater projector in the basement as well, so would like the capability to link into that as well.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard I currently run with a 24 and 22 inch with two separate WOW accounts on occasion.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: For the CPU Intel I5-750 according to this bench it seems like best bang for the buck
I appreciate the quick responses, just a couple of questions. The benchmark showed the I5-750 clearly outperforming the Phenom chips is there a reason behind this? and also curious as to why we have to go to AMD when we need to buy an OS, is there a deep discount that i am not seeing. Thanks for the advice.
well in my build, i have the 1055T, a 6 core. the 750 will beat this in gaming, but will lose in most other things, due to 6 vs 4 as far as cores. oc the 1055T a bit, and you have an amazing cpu. and amd is cheaper, thats why if u want the os, you should be going amd. intel doesnt have many good things below the 750 as far as gaming, they are all have integrated graphics.
Except that the 2 extra cores won't be used. (The 4th core probably won't even be touched.)
The other thing to consider with the Phenom II X4 vs. the Intel i5-750 is that very very few games are CPU-limited at reasonable resolutions.
Here's a direct comparison (no WoW on here, but Fallout 3 should be a reasonable approximation). Anandtech benchmarks. Note that for all of the games except Far Cry 2, the processors are within a couple fps of each other. The load is largely on the graphics card these days.
Anyway, banthracis' build is very good. I just built a new rig with a Phenom II X4 and a 5870, I get 25-30 fps in Dalaran in prime time, with everything on Ultra. Everywhere else is higher, obviously, and if you want, you can get about 10 more fps by turning shadows to low.
I appreciate all of the help, gave me alot of good stuff to research and think about, if I increased my limit to $1100 could i squeeze in a 5870, and would it be worth it? Thanks again for all of the help.