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December 11, 2011 9:47:55 AM

Trying to decide between prebuild or new build...

With Tax and Shipping I can get a Dell XPS8300-6006 for $875
i7-2600 3.4GHz
8GB DDR3 1333
1.5TB 7200rpm
16X DVD+/-RW
AMD Radeon HD 6450
Wireless-N
Windows 7 Home Premium

I already have a FX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750, and a few 1TB HDDs, if that will do I can utilize that in a new build. I was thinking...

Intel i7-2600K 3.4GHz ($319.99)
G.Skill Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 ($49.99)
Windows 7 Home Prem ($99.99)
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 MotherBoard ($189.99)
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP ($69.99)
XFX Core Edition PRO650W P1-650S-NLB9 650W PSU ($89.99)
Don't need HDD
Don't need GFX
Don't need DVD
Don't need Wireless

If I go the self build please check it out and recommend a heat sink fan.

Thanks for your time!

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December 11, 2011 10:12:21 AM

Its always better to build your own and i doubt you'll need a i7 as the i5 hits the sweet spot atm. Could you tell us what you'll be using the PC for?
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December 11, 2011 6:51:12 PM

I am not trying to build for the moment however, I had my last Dell XPS420 for about 4 1/2 years so I don't mind paying a little premium for a little longer life.

I use my system for downloading/uploading content (to XBOX/PS3), video streaming, video conversion and picture editing. Sure I use it for web surfing etc but little to no gaming.

I use to build a lot, but my last system build was probably back in 2006, prior to that I built 5+ systems a year for the previous 10 years.

Thanks for all your help!
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December 11, 2011 8:13:49 PM

AstroTC I did a little more research after your post and it seems like the i5-2500K and the i7-2600K are very similar, thought he 2600K is a but better I might be starting to agree it is not worth the extra $100.

Any other opinions on this?
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December 12, 2011 4:55:42 AM

cparker5 said:
AstroTC I did a little more research after your post and it seems like the i5-2500K and the i7-2600K are very similar, thought he 2600K is a but better I might be starting to agree it is not worth the extra $100.

Any other opinions on this?


If this is mostly a gaming PC, then go with the i5 2500k. If you are going to use software that supports hyperthreading (like video editing) then go with the i7 2600k. I do HD video editing with Sony Vegas Pro and it supports hyperthreading, so I went with the i7.
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December 12, 2011 10:19:45 AM

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