Hey, I am currently trying to get parts together for a new build. I am not totally sure if these parts work together or not. If they do how does it rate? Any advice is appreciated. Parts and links to newegg.com listed. Budget is around 1,100$.
This saves about $150 and costs you no real gaming performance, you also get faster, lower latency RAM.
You could spend $15 more to get the i5 760 which has teh same core speed as the i7 930, so the only thing you lose is Hyperthreading which is no use in games.
The only downside to i5 builds is the motherboard can only SLI/XFire at x8/x8 (a pretty insignificant fact for most as the performance loss is so miniscule and only really on very high end cards) but your build uses a motehrboard which SLIs in x8/x8 anyway so you are not even losing out there either.
Of course, you have not mentioned whether or not this is a gaming build. If it is I vote i5 personally. But, if you want to kep an i7 I would just do the changes Lmeow mentioned and that gives a solid build
For gaming 6gb is completely pointless, games do not utilise more than 4gb and they wont any time in the near future (as in anytime before it is time for a new system). Even if in some unlikely situation they did, by then DDR3 is much cheaper and an i5 build can handle at least 8gb anyway.
The only difference between the i5 and i7 is the hyperthreading which like too much RAM is pointless for gaming. Games do not even make use of 4 cores - 3 is the current sweet spot really, and again, they will not be needing more than 4 anytime soon.
Currently, for gaming the i7 costs a lot more but offers very little in return. Some may argue the futureproof and upgradibility nonsense. but the reality is, both sockets will be obsolete come the next era of processors - as is always the case with Intel computers. Technically, yes the i7 is more upgradable - if you have an i7 930 you could buy a more powerful i7 later, but even this is crap:
Whichever system you get you will have at LEAST 3 years use out of it, with OCing etc. likely more. When the i5 is no longer doing it for you, you will be wanting the new generation of CPUs, I man honestly, in 3 years time would you really bother spending money to give your CPU a small boost from one old technology CPU to another one?
When i5/i7 came out and games started benefitting from more than 2 cores at last, how many people really decided to upgrade their E8400 Core 2 Duos with a Quad core of the same generation? Very, very few, and if they did it was probably because someone was giving them away almost free. The reality is, old technology is exactly that, having an upgrade path amongst redundant technology in 3 years is pretty damn redundant.
Course, that's just my view on it. The way I see it an i5 build leaves you 75% towards getting a second GTX460 1gb which will be a far bigger gaming performance increase than you will ever see from an i7 instead of an i5