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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by n-ster, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. n-ster

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    Well, I've been an i7 fan lately... And I was planning to buy an i7 system including monitor at around 1350$, but I am not sure if it's all worth it. I do game a bit, and would like to be able to play fallout 3 and stuff (I can't even run Oblivion on my freakin laptop, though it does handle FSX well :wtf: ), but I'm no hardcore gamer that needs such a powerful system... So I'm thinking, I could go mid-budget or even low budget instead! save half the money ya know? but WHAT IF I become a more serious gamer? because I didn't before since my lappy can't handle much... I do want to be somewhat "futureproof" though, even if that means running on medium settings in 2 years...

    I will show you what the i7 rig would look like and I would like to see a budget system... I have nothing, but I don't need an OS, and keyboard+mouse can be added on the side (not included in final price)... I was thinking maybe a tri-core? Also, IF I choose budget system, I can get it by Mai, MAYBE June... but If I choose i7, I'll have to wait until July... I heard 32nm processors are coming out.. when are they coming out though and is it worth it to wait?

    Thanks for all help and opinions :D

    EDIT: I would like to game at 1920x1080, but if I ever game at lower Res, will the quality really be bad? because apparently down scaling makes it blurry right?

    Stuff I'd want in the system:
    This monitor
    This HD x 2 for RAID 0
    If it's DDR3 This RAM
    If it's DDR2 something like this? as long as it's 1066 cas5 for 40$ or less
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  2. KBD New Member

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    Im not sure you need an i7 especially since you are not a hardcore gamer. But if you do a lot of audio/video editing, encoding, etc, basically anything that needs a powerful quad then i7 is for you and it wil be futureproof. If you dont do any of the above that much i think a fast dual core e8xxx CPU will be a better choice but an Intel quad or AMD Phenom II X3/X4 will be more futureproof not to mention that both of these setups will be less than i7.
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    ha, we don't know if you will become a more serious gamer or not
    you should thing about your future plans 5 years or so ahead. so, if you do have plans, then loot at them and figure out if you will even have time for gaming.
    my single core athlon with 8800gt run Fallout 3 just fine, but I will recomend you to get good cheap quad like q9500, they are more future proof and i7 isn't really a big step forward, to be honest. What everyone should be waiting for is what comes after nehalem.

    As always, there are some good investments and bad :
    Case - good investment!!!!
    LCD - good
    ram - pretty bad
    cpu - not so good
    mobo - ok
    keyboar/mouse - good, make sure they are quality items, so they will last you longer (that automatically excludes Razer lol)

    well, you get me
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    if u are not a hardcore gamer, the cpu isnt the most important thing, is the videocard. save money, get phenom 2 X3 and a 4870 ;)
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    That's what I thought... so which CPU+Mobo in that case? maybe a Q6600? I want to see the final cost :)
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    Q6600 would be good, definitely if your OCing it.
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    Yea, I want to OC for sure :p now, what GPU? board? might as well make another thread in the system builder lol >.<
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    can't say what mobo, but you might want to go with 4870
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Maybe a Asus P5Q Pro if you want a P45 chipset, as i hear its a great OCer, mind you the slots only run at 8x/8x speeds when crossfire.
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    personally i wouldnt go for the Q6600.... they are great chips but the more recent batches dont overclock well and i see you want to overclock...... I would perhaps get the Q9400 with a tidy P45 chipset board, the 8 x 8 for Crossfire wont make any difference at PCI-E 2.0 (or not enough to notice) unless you have two HD4870x2's in the slots, if you can afford it, i would fork out for a Gigabyte EP45 DQ6 or an Extreme, As CDude said, the mid to high end Asus P45's are good boards but apart from perhaps the top DFI, little will touch the top end gigabyte P45 boards in quad overclocking terms..... as an example, they will do 525mhz FSB with a quad.

    An AMD setup would also be nice, possibly the Phenom II 920 with a decent AM2+ board would set you up nicely, cannot really recomend a board as its a while since I have had AMD.
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    I'm on the intel side.

    Q9300 just like systemviper
    4870 shadowfold
    Any 4+ star P45 mobo on egg. Go with brands like DFI/Gigabyte/Asus.

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