I'm new to the whole forum thing but I thought it would be useful to seek help from the community about which of these two sets of components I should buy and build. I have done all the research I can and I still have no idea which one to pick. The type of build i want is one that is ideal for gaming at a resolution of at least 1920x1080.This is a budget build of $1,100 (AUD). NOTE - All of the other components missing ; i.e PSU,HDD; are ready for both computer systems.
Swapping between the i5 and the i7 is not as simple as just the CPU.
- I5 requires a socket 1156 motherboard and utilizes dual channel memory which you have.
- I7 requires a socket 1136 motherboard and utilizes tripple channel memory, neither of which you have shown.
So it would actually require a lot more money than just the $103 difference you have shown between the two.
Depending on how much you were looking to spend (if you are already pushing your budget at ~$1000) I would stick with the I5. I have a similar I5 build with even just a single Radeon 5770 and it performs nearly every game on Ultra settings.
I would go with the ASUS P6X58D-E for $229.00 and the i7 920 for $310. This comes to $540. It's only $10 more but you get the advantage of 4 cores and 4 threads for the same money. You will need to get different memory but that's so you can take advantage of the triple channel memory instead of the poor old duel stuff. This way you can get 6GB's of memory for about $160.00 instead of 4 GB. You will also be able to upgrade in the future to 12 GB's if you buy the supported memory. The mobo has the sata and usb 3.0 that you were looking at so you won't loose anything there. You can use the video cards you got picked out. I think you'll like the extra kick. Of course some people will say you will never use all that but sooner or later with all the new games and stuff coning out you won't have to worry about your hardware. Why go with the lesser capable when you can get better for so close to the same price? And yes to the other posters - you will need at lease a 650watt PSU.