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Old 04-29-2009, 06:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building i7 for less than $1000.... Is it possible...

My sister wants a screaming fast computer, but doesn't want to spend over $1000.... She will need everything. The tower, monitor, speakers, and keyboard/mouse.
I really think it is possible to get her an i7 build that is in her price range...
She will be doing normal computer tasks, but I want her to have a computer that last a long time. The 9800gtx+ is so she can play the Sims 3 with no lag... That is why she wants the computer, but I think it will be good for her to have an i7 computer because if she can get it, why not...

This is what I have came up with....

I7 Build Specs
Case- Newegg.com - Rosewill R226-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
HDD- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Moniter- ASUS VW198T Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1, 3000:1(ASCR) Built in Speakers
GPU- Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
PSU- Newegg.com - Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Power Supplies
RAM- Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
MOBO- Newegg.com - MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
CPU- Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
KB/M- Newegg.com - Logitech Internet 350 Black 104 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Standard Desktop - Keyboards
DVD- Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Subtotal: $1,000.90
Shipping: $32.25
Grand Total: $1,033.15

NON i7 Build
Case- Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
HDD- Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Moniter- Newegg.com - ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors
GPU- Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
PSU- Newegg.com - ZALMAN ZM600-HP 600W Continuous @ 45C ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply - Power Supplies
RAM- Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
MOBO- Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
CPU- Newegg.com - Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
KB/M- Newegg.com - Logitech Internet 350 Black 104 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Standard Desktop - Keyboards
Speakers- Newegg.com - Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System - Speakers
DVD- Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Subtotal: $947.89
Shipping: $33.16
Grand Total: $981.05


The problem is that she has her budget and she is sticking with it. I really want her to have an I7 without losing the gpu... I only need to shave about $30 the I7 build....
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Did you check for combo deals?

If you can't find any how about changing the gpu to a ati 4830. The 4830 is very close in performance and you can get for $87-$10mir.

Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Get a 4850, better than a 9800gtx+ and cheaper. Or if you're fixated on nvidia, go with a gts 250, slightly better than a 9800gtx+, and also cheaper.
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How about the HD 4770 or HD 4830 instead?

The latter being slightly slower.. the HD 4770 has proven to be a worthy contender against the GTS 250 and HD 4850, trailing in performance only slightly by a short amount 3-7%, yet being 10% cheaper

Or get 3GB of RAM instead of 6
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Thanks... I will go for the other gpu the... I will update the system before we buy...
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this build will save you money:

case Newegg.com - Rosewill R222-P-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
hdd Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
monitor Newegg.com - Acer X193Wb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 ACM - LCD Monitors
gpu Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
psu Newegg.com - Rosewill RP550-2 550W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - Power Supplies
ram Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
mobo Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
cpu Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
kb/m Newegg.com - Logitech Internet 350 Black 104 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Standard Desktop - Keyboards
dvd Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

thats cheaper than yours an its an i7 with 3gb ddr3. i used a 4830 but from the money you save on this build you could get something a bit higher like a 4770 or a 4850 or gts250
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That case is complete rubbish. I've got a cheap rosewill case, here

3x120mm fans
Newegg.com - Rosewill Conqueror WSL Triple 120mm Fans Steel ATX Mid tower Computer Case with Side Panel - Computer Cases

2x120mm fans
Newegg.com - Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P YE Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Both with free shipping.

And kobe, I call BS on your 3d mark 06 score! No way on that system could you get 14,000
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and kobe, I call BS on your 3d mark 06 score! No way on that system could you get 14,000
that with the old q6600@3.6ghz ,8800gtx, gskill Hz system
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Hmm looking at your stuff.. definately look for combo deals and mail in rebates...


and I have been told you really "don't need 6GB" of RAM, for gaming and such, so you could drop to the 3GB package and save some money there, depending on what is planned to do on this computer....
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I beg to differ on needing 6gb of ram for gaming with an i7.
Report: 3GB vs 6GB RAM on Core i7 Benched - Tom's Hardware

Also keep in mind the price difference between 3gb and 6gb is not that much especially if you want to upgrade to 6gb at a later point in time.
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