Hi everyone, I was the in process of starting my build for an i7 980X or the to be released 970 when I came across an i5 for sale. It was used for about 6 months for light gaming and the price was too good to pass up.
4 Gig Corsair XMS3 1600C9 DDR3
500Gig Seagate 7200rpm 16MB
BFG 512MB GTS 250
eMachine 21.5" LCD
Logitech 2.1 speakers
Nice surge protector
Cheap 450W PS
With this setup I am going to re-use my still shrinkwrapped backup 600w power supply. I have several 1TB Seagate drives that I will set up a 3 or 4 drives RAID 0. I also bought another 4Gig of matching Corsair RAM to double up to 8Gig. The case is a Prestigio gamer case and prior to this I have never heard of it. The quality isn't bad but it only supports 3 internal hard drives.
I bought a Lian-Li PC-A70F full tower case and Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in anticipation of my i7-build (before I bought the i5). I don't know if the Hyper 212+ will fit in the mid-tower.
I am casual gamer, playing Age of Empires 3 and Civilization 4. I am a software developer in C# and do quite a bit of web browsing. I am pretty sure the above system will work for quite a few years until the next generation of CPU is out. Just that the micro-ATX board will look funky in such a large case.
My current system is 805D OC to 3.2 and I am dying to move from it. It is slow to do google maps.
Should I continue with my i7 build? Or save the money for future? Should I move the i5 to my full tower? I can't decide. I know the i5 is more than adequate for my need but the funky look...
I just want to know for sure if i5 is enough for me for 3+ years? Is it better to keep what I have and bypass 1366 until Sandy Bridge? From what I read i5-750 is a quite good processor, and I don't think I have that much to gain for now with an i7. thx.