CPU And Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2400
We already know that overclockability is severely limited by Intel's Core i5-2400, but saving $30 on Intel's Core i5-2500K helps keep us closer to our already-tight $1000 budget.
For some folks, the prospect of pushing Sandy Bridge to 4.6 or 4.7 GHz justifies the extra splurge, and if you're not operating within a strict budget like we are, spending a little more is likely worthwhile.
Read Customer Reviews of Intel's Core i5-2400
What, exactly, do you give up by saving those $30 dollars, though? Because dual-channel memory support was broken on the retail motherboard we ordered for our last build, we wanted to give this CPU a second chance. We also wanted to try using it on a motherboard that lets us manually set a 38x multiplier.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3
Read Customer Reviews of Gigabyte's GA-P67X-UD3-B3
Gigabyte does an admirable job of naming its motherboards in such a way that you can tell what chipset it's using and where it falls in the company's stack. Nomenclature aside, though, the P67X-UD3's guts are what interest us.
With a solid reputation for overclocking headroom and granular BIOS controls, we’re hoping to squeeze as much performance as possible from our multiplier-locked Core i5-2400 using this budget-oriented P67 Express-based board. Although we like that it supposed SLI and CrossFire, Newegg's $120 price tag is what closes the deal for us.
May want to put "do" in there, instead ;)
Basically the whole article tests the improvements of a single channel over a dual channel RAM.
Because if not, I would posit that the i5-2380p is a better CPU choice than the i5-2400:
1) You've not got a huge need for the IGP, what with the 7970 (I could see it could still have use, but I don't think it would be that helpful)
2) From what I've read on Newegg's page for the 2380p (which they no longer sell), the 2380p is a great overclocker (up to 4.5Ghz according to one reviewer)
3) It costs the same as the 2400, with the same stock clocks
Apart from that, I think it's a pretty solid build. A little too much corner-cutting compared to what I would've chosen, but I'd probably put together something rather standard and boring.
Yeah I totally agree, I would have loved to see a 3570k and a gtx 670 because those two seem like the popular choice right now. Who sets this budget anyways? "We didn't wan't to go over" umm is there like a slow painful death if you go over the budget or what? Set the budget higher then. Hope the next round of these is better.
As of right now at the time of this post, the sapphire 7970 o/c on newegg is at $480. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982 So i can only assume whatever price hike has been dealt with?
Good job on making a computer perform about the same for $250 less! I'm sure if I was to build a computer right now this would give quite a bit of breathing room. Not everyone has quarter of a grand to throw around.
Downside is it does feel like you guys ran outta ideas on new combinations. I think I'd be kind of interested in either a SLI config 560 ti or 7850s. But the 7850 would've pushed it past budget I think. I'd still vote on the SSD though!