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The 415$ challenge

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December 7, 2010 2:44:41 PM

Good day to all.

I have this friend who has roughly 415$, he asked me any way he can get an lga 1366 board and an intel i7 9** processor. He said its ok even if its 2nd hand.
and if there was a way, considering hes really on a tight budget, also he asked me if I can even find mems for his budget.
Thanks and God Bless.

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December 7, 2010 2:50:05 PM

Depends on what parts he needs.
However, a new i7-9xx CPU is $300 ish by itself.

There's now way to build a 1366 PC on that small of a budget. However, depending upon usage, there may be other options.

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December 7, 2010 2:58:21 PM

LGA 1366 is not likely to happen for that budget.

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December 7, 2010 2:58:38 PM

well the i7 930 was going for $199 at microcenter at one stage (not sure of the price now, I also heard the i7 950 is $199 there but im not sure how true that is) the MSI x58 PRO E is a cheap x58 motherboard
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December 7, 2010 3:06:29 PM

Your friend's best bet would be to look at an AMD.

How about this one?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Note, I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a better power supply, may put him over 415, but perhaps he can squeeze another 20 bucks.

Comes with 2 gb of ram, ddr2 admittedly, but gives a case, optical drive, 1.5 terabyte drive, Asus board, and Athlon II quad. For your budget, I don't know that you will do much better. Especially because this comes with Windows 7 OS bundled. So I would say grab that deal, put a better power supply in from the get go. Later on, put 2 more gb of ddr2 in for a total of 4 gb, then put a dedicated card in like a gts 450 or 460 and your friend should have a nice little gamer rig.
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December 7, 2010 6:31:31 PM

I bought an i7 950 for 199$ from Microcenter and an asus sabretooth from Newegg for 179$ a few weeks ago. Unless you have spare parts to fill in the rest of the pc its not really possible to build for 415$. LGA 1136 start at around 600 minimum.
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December 7, 2010 6:43:33 PM

wait for sandy bridge. Current prices will go down and compareable sandy bridge cpus will be available for less. You should be able to get a good i7 950 compareable cpu and decent mobo for under 400.
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