I'm looking to build a new desktop and was looking for some help.
I would really like to keep it between $900.00 to $1,000.00. I would really like an Intel i7 system. I do have a microcenter 40 minutes away which will bring the cost down quite a bit.
One of my main concerns is a good computer case that keeps cool and is relatively silent. My current desktop uses the following case and it gets very hot and is very loud. Doesn't help that it is an old system and is running 2x Intel Xeon Processors.
Typically an i7-9xx CPU machine is ginig to run at least $1500 for a balanced configuration. Consider an i7-870 for your $1000 build. I like the i7-870 over the i7-930 because it:
- pulls 35 watts less power, so it will be cooler.
- uses LGA1156 instead of LGA1366, which has less expensive motherboards.
- the LGA 1156 uses dual channel memory and only requires 4 GB instead of 6 GB.
- the i7-870 ranks higher on passmark
In my experience if you have a Microcenter the 930 is the way to go (but they do have the 950s now for about 50 more) I've built using both 1156 and 1366 platforms and the 1366 is more responsive. so far no one else has incuded os in the pricing...
I7 930 199.99
gigabyte x58a-ud3r 219 (199 after rebate)
patriot extreme 6 gig 1600 tri channel 169 (129 after rebate)
1tb seagate 79 or 1 tb hitachi 59
lg dvd burner 18
coolermaster 600w 63.99
win 7 home prem x64 109
thermaltake v3 35.99 (25 after rebate)
sparkle 460 768 159.99
$1,056.93 with seagate before rebates 986.93 after rebate +local taxes