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Which Build Is Better? (Gaming/Workstation)

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July 1, 2011 9:57:07 PM

Date: 1 month
Budget: $1,200 - $1,500
Usage: Gaming (Crysis 2, Team Fortress 2, Vindictus, Minecraft), Photoshop, School (Debugging, Simulators, Networking), Hosting Servers, Music, etc.
Parts: Everything Required
Website: Newegg
Country: USA
Preferences: None
Overclocking: Yes
SLI/Crossfire: Maybe (future)
Resolution: 1920x1080
Comments: Would like to stay cheap.

Which build would be better?

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Paste: MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
Fan: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
GPU: PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80
Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Burner: LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) (May switch this with a similar $200 Dell monitor: ST2320L 23" full HD monitor with LED).
Speakers: ALTEC LANSING VS2620 5 Watts RMS 2.0 Value Computer Speakers
Mouse/Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 5MH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard

Total: $1,540.86

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model 1260i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ALTEC LANSING VS2620 5 Watts RMS 2.0 Value Computer Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Desktop 400 5MH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,353.85

Can't decide between the i5-2500k or the i7-2600k. The only difference I can see is Hyperthreading and the 8mb cache.. I don't know what folding is and I don't edit videos too often and I'm sure it wouldn't make that much of a difference from what I am used to now on my computer. Any suggestions?

Also, what exactly is a Solid State Drive (SSD) and what would I use it for? I noticed that they can be quite expensive.
July 1, 2011 11:19:11 PM

SSD is a replacement of HDD they are expensive but access times are much faster and they make for a much more responsive system when having OS and frequently run applications on them. For gaming you do not gain from the I7 but from hosting server or running virtual machines you do.
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