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$1500 Gaming Build - i5 or i7

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August 11, 2010 9:49:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before end of August

BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (SC2, BBC2, and Diablo 3), Internet, BOINC, and Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case (HAF 932), Monitor (Asus VW246H), and OS (Windows 7)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com and Micro Center

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, in the future when needed

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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Two build choices i7 930 or i5 750. I understand that i5 750 is enough for gaming.

i7 930:
CPU: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $199.99

Mobo/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - $379.98

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $389.99

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $109.99

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $59.99

Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $18.99

HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $34.99

Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99

Total: $1295.68

i5 750:
CPU: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $159.99

Mobo/HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - $184.98

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $104.99

Same components as above

Total: $1128.28

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a b 4 Gaming
August 11, 2010 11:54:02 PM

I would go with the i5-750 build since it is based off of a gaming setup. There is little difference outside of price between the i5-750 and i7-930 in gaming.
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August 12, 2010 1:09:32 AM

I appreciate for your help Tecmo. I have decided to go with i5 750. I would have saved over $150. Should I consider getting SSD for my OS, applications, and some games installed for faster load times. Do you recommend that I should get one of these.

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 12, 2010 1:27:11 AM

Does that SSD use Sandforce SF-1200.
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August 12, 2010 1:30:14 AM

Not sure, but do you really need it?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2010 2:08:02 AM

It does not use the Sandforce controller. I recommend getting the Intel X25-M G2 80GB, which is still one of the best overall SSD. Intel is still the best but your other option is getting the OCZ Agility 2 for a little less.

If you are willing to spend $200+ on a SSD, why not just upgrade to the ATI 5870, which will have a greater impact gaming wise than a SSD? Just another thought / option.
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August 12, 2010 3:22:07 AM

^+1 to Techmo's 5870 suggestion. Very much the better option, vis-a-vis a SSD.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2010 3:28:32 AM

Agree with Tecmo (why does no one ever spell that right?) that you'd be better off improving your GPU with that money. And that the original Vertex does not use the Sandforce controller.

I don't think it makes sense to start considering an SSD for a gaming build until your budget is past $1500, and even then it should probably take a back burner until you hit $2000.
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August 12, 2010 4:07:32 AM

coldsleep said:
Agree with Tecmo (why does no one ever spell that right?)
:p  :p  :p 
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August 12, 2010 4:10:52 AM

i5-750
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August 13, 2010 10:40:15 PM

How can you get those processors so cheap compared to newegg? Is there any difference?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2010 12:20:36 AM

Microcenter has their Intel CPU's real cheap for in-store pick-up only. This way they get people to come in their stores to pick them up and get them to buy other components, which cost more than what you get from Newegg.com
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