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October 5, 2010 12:53:15 PM

Budget Range: 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Overclocking: Mild

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Pls Tell me which build is better
My main purpose of this build is gaming (games such as mafia 2 , wow , cod5 etc) at 1920*1080 or beyond that and the build should be future proof for at least 3yrs
i am very confused with i5 and i7

i7 Build 1

CPU:Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case & PSU:Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 1022$

i5 Build

CPU:Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case&PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitors:Acer V233HAJbmd Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 1015$

In the First Build i cant afford a monitor



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October 5, 2010 3:15:23 PM

Switch the RAM for this cheaper CL7, lower voltage kit

Drop the 465; it's a piece of junk, and I definitely wouldn't trust a returned one. If you're set on Nvidia, go with the 1 GB GTX 460 (it outperforms the 465 99% of the time and runs cooler too). Otherwise, consider the ATI HD 5830.

Case and excellent PSU for less: LianLi Lancool + XFX 650W

There are two big differences between the i5 and the i7 you picked. First, the i7 has an unlocked multiplier (K designation), which makes it a bit easier to overclock. Second, the i5 does not have hyperthreading, which means it doesn't have the 4 extra virtual cores that the i7 will have. The i7 will be better for multitasking and applications like video editing, but the i5 will be all you really need if you're just planning on using the system for gaming. I'd say that the i5 build is the better of the two, especially if you need a monitor.

Right now, AMD is probably a slightly better option for futureproofing since Intel is changing sockets again with the new Sandy Bridge CPUs early next year. AMD's new Bulldozer chips will most likely still be compatible with their current AM3 socket. AMD also has better implementation of USB 3.0 and SATA III.

If you want to go AMD, here's my $1k build (monitor included):

Processor/Video Card Combo: Phenom II 955BE + ASUS 5850 $407.98-$20 MIR = $387.98

Case/PSU: LianLi Lancool + XFX 650W 159.98-$20 MIR = $139.98

Motherboard: AsRock 870 Extreme3 $89.99

RAM: GSkill Eco 2x2GB CL7 $94.99

Monitor: Viewsonic 21.5" LED $169.99

Hard Drive: Spinpoint F3 1TB $74.99

Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $16.99

Total: $1014.91, $974.91 after rebates
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October 5, 2010 4:52:53 PM

Why did you switch motherboards when going from i7 875 to i5 760? I am very happy with my ASUS P7P55D-E Pro motherboardm, i5 760 and GTX 460(1GB) system.

coleam45 said:

Right now, AMD is probably a slightly better option for futureproofing since Intel is changing sockets again with the new Sandy Bridge CPUs early next year. AMD's new Bulldozer chips will most likely still be compatible with their current AM3 socket. AMD also has better implementation of USB 3.0 and SATA III.

There will be a new AM3+ socket. There is no such thing as future-proof right now. A good i5 system with a strong graphics card will play any game well for the next 5 years. You should expect to buy a new PC every 5 years anyway. Sockets are likely to keep changing because that is the only path to performance increases until a new material is found that will let them increase the GHz of the CPU into the 5+ GHz range or software makes a huge leap forward in multiple-core usage instead of the baby steps currently being taken.
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October 6, 2010 5:54:56 AM

dndhatcher said:
Why did you switch motherboards when going from i7 875 to i5 760? I am very happy with my ASUS P7P55D-E Pro motherboardm, i5 760 and GTX 460(1GB) system.


What RAM you use with the i5 build?
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October 6, 2010 5:59:39 AM

dndhatcher said:

There will be a new AM3+ socket.

That's what it was. I knew there was going to be some sort of cross-compatibility between the current AM3 and Bulldozer.

metalface said:
What RAM you use with the i5 build?

You should be able to use the same RAM between the two builds. The i7 in question is an 8xx, which is on the 1156 socket, same as the i5.
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October 6, 2010 6:59:32 PM

I bought the Gskill Eco that coleam45 linked. Good timings, low voltage and low profile. Avoids all the potential problems people have with RAM (gets in the way of CPU heat sinks, needs more than the 1.5V the motherboard wants to give the RAM.
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