$1500 Gaming Build - i5 or i7



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



SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, in the future when needed



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?product_id=0331303 - $199.99

Mobo/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.468099 - $379.98

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150490 - $389.99

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 - $109.99

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 - $59.99

Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039 - $18.99

HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142 - $34.99

Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126087 - $69.99

Total: $1295.68

i5 750:
CPU: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317379 - $159.99

Mobo/HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.465428 - $184.98

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 - $104.99

Same components as above

Total: $1128.28
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  1. 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.
  2. 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=N82E16820227529
  3. Does that SSD use Sandforce SF-1200.
  4. Not sure, but do you really need it?
  5. 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.
  6. ^+1 to Techmo's 5870 suggestion. Very much the better option, vis-a-vis a SSD.
  7. 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.
  8. coldsleep said:
    Agree with Tecmo (why does no one ever spell that right?)
    :p :p :p
  9. i5-750
  10. How can you get those processors so cheap compared to newegg? Is there any difference?
  11. 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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