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August 9, 2010 5:46:22 PM

I have a relative that works for intel, they may be able to get me a deal on some intel parts to begin a build with. What would be a solid I5 quadcore chip to go with? The 750? Also, what is a good mobo that intel makes? I'd like to get an intel build going if he can hook me up with a price point for that of the AMD 955 build I was aiming for.

Suggestions?
a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2010 5:55:05 PM

Intel's boards are very low quality. I wouldn't trust them at all.

Really, about the best i5 board you can get is the Asus P7P55D-E Pro, assuming you want a board that can support Crossfire.

You might just want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature and see what we can come up with. Unless the deal you can get on the CPU is REALLY good (i.e. $100 off), AMD is likely to be cheaper for roughly the same performance.
August 9, 2010 6:10:59 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Intel's boards are very low quality. I wouldn't trust them at all.

Really, about the best i5 board you can get is the Asus P7P55D-E Pro, assuming you want a board that can support Crossfire.

You might just want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature and see what we can come up with. Unless the deal you can get on the CPU is REALLY good (i.e. $100 off), AMD is likely to be cheaper for roughly the same performance.

Hey MadAdmiral,

I've been posting off and on, my initial post outlinning my requirements went dead some time ago so I was trying to get inputs on the intel route. Butacka (I think I butchered his name) has been helping me out today, his suggestion for my requirements is as follows;

Chip/Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.470529
GPU/PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.470418
Case/RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.469344
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] k=F3%20500
ODD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136180


Essentially I'm looking to build a "best bang for buck" machine with the more later advances but not based on the latest technology.

USB 3.0, Sata 6.0, Quadcore, decent graphics, samsung f3 etc.

I will be using this as my home pc where I surf the net, use MS app's (multi-tasking a bit), high level software development(e.g. C#, Java, etc), and light gaming - e.g. Starcraft II will probably occupy most of my time in the gaming sense.

I was going the AMD route as Butacka reccomended above and would like to stay in the $500 - $650 ish range.

I work for HP so I can get a discount on a complete build, but its about the same cost as custom picking parts on sale. My relative works for Intel and can get a discount, just not sure yet what the discount is. Thought if I could build an I5 machine for the same prices as the AMD phenom x4, - seems like thats what most suggest but then again, I'm a newb with hardware so what I know is what I've been reading.

Advice and explinations welcomed!!!
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August 9, 2010 6:25:44 PM

MadAdmiral said:
The links don't work, so I have no idea what he put together.

Here's what I generally recommend for $600:

CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $210 after rebate
Mobo: ASRock 770 Extreme3 $90
RAM: GeIL 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9 $77 (or the G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $28 more)
HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $125 after rebate
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73

Total: $575

Here's what I initially built for $630 AR:

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118040

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147144

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102873

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139005

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231193

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGMBOX
cup & mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.456252

His was similar just that he reccomended the GT460 over the 5770 and the phenom x4 955 over the athlon x4 I have above. = $650 AR
a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2010 6:34:11 PM

The 460 and X4 955 would be as good as you can get for that budget. I'd swap in the F3 1 TB/650TX combo though as it's basically the same price. Same with the case/optical one.

If you do go with the 460, and want the ability to add a second one in SLI down the road, I recommend getting a SLI ready board, like this Asus M4N98TD Evo. It's a little pricy, but it gives you the potential for a lot of power down the road.
August 9, 2010 9:42:28 PM

MadAdmiral said:
The 460 and X4 955 would be as good as you can get for that budget. I'd swap in the F3 1 TB/650TX combo though as it's basically the same price. Same with the case/optical one.

If you do go with the 460, and want the ability to add a second one in SLI down the road, I recommend getting a SLI ready board, like this Asus M4N98TD Evo. It's a little pricy, but it gives you the potential for a lot of power down the road.

microcenter has free mobo's with the purchase of one of their psu's, any suggestions?
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/0803_AMD...
a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2010 11:07:49 PM

About the only board that might even be an option is the MSI 785G-E53. It's the only one that's somewhat decent quality. You would be losing a lot of features though, most notably Crossfire. I definitely like the price though.
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