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Old 06-02-2009, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: First Gaming Build, Need Help/Suggestions

The i7 will outperform the AMD. It is not purely clock speeds. One architecture (how the cpu is built internally, and how it processes data) will perform differently than another at the same clock speed. The i7 chips are the fastest on the market.

I wouldn't get a Hitachi HDD. Go with this Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives. It is faster and more reliable with a little more space.

I would also change your PSU to one of these:

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies

The 610w will be plenty of power but you can get the 750w if you want to be safe for a future upgrade to multiple gfx cards.
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