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New build i7 intel

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February 16, 2011 9:06:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week (2/25/2011)
Budget Range: $1000-$1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, dvd burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Additional Comments: running windows 7 64 bit.

I would like a semi gaming system but willing to use one video card and pick up another one later. Wouldn't mind picking up a blueray player.

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February 16, 2011 11:20:30 PM

You can't put N/A for monitor resolution, what is the resolution of your current monitor? we really need this info to decide what will be best for you also examples of games you play can help to.
February 17, 2011 3:01:32 AM

Sorry, its 1600 x 1200. I was at work and wasn't for sure what it would be. For games: WoW, Portal 2, TF2, Bioshock 2, Starcraft 2 and HalfLife.
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February 17, 2011 4:29:55 AM

At that res going with amd phenom ii x4 955 be is the best choice, you do know new processors for both intel and amd will be re-released, and released (respectively)
All prices @
phenom ii x4 955 be ($140)
hyper 212+ buy when it hits ($25)
shin etsu g751 ($5)
asrock 890gx extreme3 ($118)
4 gb wintec ampx ($43)
ati 6870 ($190 AR, AP)
samsung f3 spinpoint 500gb ($50)
antec tp-650 ($80)
blu-ray player ($50)
HAF 912 ($60) extra fans: ($15)

total: $776

this leaves budget room for a new monitor, which should be nice get a 1920x1080 23''+ shop around and wait for deals, you can because you have a current monitor for now
February 18, 2011 1:07:11 PM

I don't think you read the requirements.
February 18, 2011 4:10:24 PM

alleitup said:
I don't think you read the requirements.

What did I miss?
February 18, 2011 4:15:07 PM

intel i7 cpu
February 18, 2011 4:23:00 PM

Do you want this with an intel proc, you don't really need one for your uses.

but anyway here:
i5 760+asus p7p55d-e pro ($373)
scmg-2100 ($40)
shin etsu g751 ($5)
4gb ddr3 1600 cas7 ($65)
gtx 560 ti ($250)
samsung spinpoint f3 500gb ($50)
antec tp-650 ($80)
blu-ray player (do you need help choosing a specific one?) ($50)
HAF 932 ($120)

Total: $1033

The amd build will suit your needs perfectly fine but the intel build is nicer and should be able to handle gaming at up to 1920x1200 at all max settings
February 18, 2011 4:24:42 PM

alleitup said:
intel i7 cpu

You don't need an i7 for gaming, hyperthreading is pointless for games i only recommend i7s if you are doing lots of rendering/video editing an i5 750 or 760 or an amd phenom ii x4 black will be great for gaming and basic surfing
February 18, 2011 5:28:49 PM

Joel's 1st build would have worked just fine. i7 is just a label, it doesn't mean anything. The 2500K, labeled i5, ccan kill any i7 in most things. Plus with SB coming in the old i7's have no justification.
February 19, 2011 1:27:34 PM

aznshinobi, the "i7 is just a label, it dosen't mean anything". Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Let me just point out some things about the i7 vs the i5, the first generation i7 could support three channels of memory, but the i5 could only support 2. What about the cache 6mb vs 8mb mean anything to you? The second generations have higher clock speeds, also the second generation has 8 threads vs 4. so the next time you say something is just a label and dosen't mean anything, make sure you do know what you are talking about so you don't look like a fool just like you do in the post above.
February 19, 2011 8:58:45 PM

Look at it from a price standpoint. How many users are actually going to use all eight threads? TBH i7's are really useless to me when in everyday apps and just normal day to day PS5, the i5 2500K performs just about anything a i7 2600K can do. Sure sure, more threads whatever. Like it matters to the things he's doing. Plus who gives a crap about Cache. THG did an article on cache for gaming. It affected nothing. It changed nothing in most apps either. Clock speeds will give it that extra kick but with 32nm in full effect. Overclocking is so easy now. It's not like chips produce that much heat anymore.

Triple CH vs Dual CH: Real world, it really changes nothing.

Does cache really matter?,1...

I will give you the fact that clock rates do matter. But with the current age of easy overclocking where the i5 2500K can OC to the area of a i7 2600K vice versa. It really doesn't matter anymore. IMO

i5 2500K vs i7 2600K: On par almost all the time

i5 2500K vs i7 950: 2500K beats the 950 in most benches.

i5 2500K vs i7 980X: 2500K is on par
February 24, 2011 12:31:21 PM

You have given my much to think about. I was leaning towards the 2600k and was going to wait for the motherboard fixes. One more question. What chip would be better for doing software development on with using MSSQL databases and run a ubuntu VM?