I am going to build an i5 PC for a friend who uses it mainly for gaming, surfing the web ect.
He tells me his budget is $1500, where i tried to find a suitable i7 for him but.. If i wanted to go i7 ide need to get lower end parts (mATX mobo, ect.)...
Ive done some work and this is what ive come up with (oh and just for you guys to know i shop @ www.umart.com.au )
CPU: i5 760 Quad @ 2.8 Ghz (hope for a ~3.2ghz overclock) OR i7 870 @ 2.93Ghz and looking for same overclock
CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Push/Pull config
RAM: Corsair 1600Mhz CL9 RAM (i wish umart stocked some dominator 4gb RAM)
Motherboard: eVGA P55 FTW
Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 (windowed)
Monitor: Acer G225HQ
PSU: Corsair HX-750W
GPU: eVGA GTX460
Wifi card: Asus PCE-N13
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (getting this cause mobo doesnt support USB3 / SATA3 )
Optical Drive: Asus 24x
All comes to around 1500$ or less
Please all help is appreciated I really want him to get the most out of this machine! =)
Some questions :
Is 750w psu good if he wanted to add another 460?
should i get a differnt motherboard?
is there somewhere in queensland close to the gold coast or brisbane where i can get domiantor RAM?
Dont bother with the i7. The i5 is all the power he will be able to use with the current state of software. I have an i5 and an i7 and in real world computing terms the i5 keeps up 99.9% of the time. That includes gaming and video editing.
Im not sure what "bump" is supposed to mean. I just had some more thoughts on your build however. Run the i5 at Stock speed with a Stock cooler and it will be perfectly fine. People just dont realise that it is very difficult to push an i5 to full capacity. It is only when there is a major improvement of architecture that we will see major increases in performance. Like when the Core 2 came out to replace the P4 Netburst CPU's and later when the i series replaced the Core 2 series. In some cases my i7 was 40% faster than my Core 2 Quad (Sold and replaced with i5) and in other cases it was no faster. My i7 does not outperform my i5. Even though it has the capacity and potential to be faster in practical terms it practically never is. The same applies to the overclock. There will be no discernable increase in performance as the i5 is not running at capacity even at Stock. Why put warranty at risk I ask? You may be able to put in an SSD boot drive with the savings. Even then I normally aim for the 10000 RPM drives like Velicoraptors. I find the HDD speed is less relevant as Win 7 uses RAM to cache data reducing the need for a Swap File. SSD has its own issues. Dont worry about SATA 3. It will only become relevant when all HDD manufactorers go SATA 3 as standard.