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Hi All,

 

I'm looking for a good design for a "low-end" (relatively speaking) i7 build. Parts needed are case, psu, cpu, mobo, ram, video card, hard-drive(s).

 

Can such a system be built (preferably with a video card AT LEAST as strong as a 4890) for around 1200? I assume the i7 920 would be the only potential option? Is that proc still "the best" at its price point or is there an AMD counterpart at that price which is faster?

 

Whether it can be done at price point or not, I'd love to see a good low to mid end i7 build, if anyone has one laying around...

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What are you going to be doing with the i7 system? The system you have is pretty powerful as is if you're just gaming and such. Depending on what you use your systems for it might be more beneficial to spend less money on, say, a graphics card.

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It can be done with pretty decent parts. This is very similar to one I built recently(minus the case) without too much compromise.

 

i7 920 $279.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115202

 

Mushkin DDR3 1600 6-7-6-18 $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820226050

 

Asus Rampage II GENE $219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131371

 

WD Caviar Black 1TB $94.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136284

 

Sapphire Vapor-X 4890 $219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102841

 

Corsair 750 watt Power supply $109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006 with enough power and connectors to add a 2nd 4890 if you want

 

Cooler Master Storm Scout $89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119196

 

Total $1214.93. You could save a lot by going to MicroCenter and buying the processor there for $80 cheaper. This alone would allow for an aftermarket heatsink of high quality and allow for significant overclocking and lower temps. Different brand/lower speed of RAM would be cheaper. You could save on a different motherboard, case, smaller HDD, different video card, or lower wattage power supply. $1200 is a good budget for an i7 system. You could do it for significantly less. This build to me doesn't feel low end at all.

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It can be done with pretty decent parts. This is very similar to one I built recently(minus the case) without too much compromise.

 

i7 920 $279.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115202

 

Mushkin DDR3 1600 6-7-6-18 $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820226050

 

Asus Rampage II GENE $219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131371

 

WD Caviar Black 1TB $94.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136284

 

Sapphire Vapor-X 4890 $219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102841

 

Corsair 750 watt Power supply $109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006 with enough power and connectors to add a 2nd 4890 if you want

 

Cooler Master Storm Scout $89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119196

 

Total $1214.93. You could save a lot by going to MicroCenter and buying the processor there for $80 cheaper. This alone would allow for an aftermarket heatsink of high quality and allow for significant overclocking and lower temps. Different brand/lower speed of RAM would be cheaper. You could save on a different motherboard, case, smaller HDD, different video card, or lower wattage power supply. $1200 is a good budget for an i7 system. You could do it for significantly less. This build to me doesn't feel low end at all.

if he is going with ATI

then

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130226

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128375

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813188051

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813186161

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130227

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...82E16813131365R

 

you can get amd build which will give the same performance in gaming but it will be high end stuff

what do you say

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128398

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130223

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131363

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128377

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131392

these are very very high end boards

now for the cpu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103674

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103649

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103692

they are blacks

the same psu , and case and every thing else

except for the ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....84%20x%202GB%29

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820227286

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231259

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820104141

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820104142

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820227320

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820146871

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145264

and you can get a far better card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102852

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814121308 this is the best 4890

or you can get 2 and run cross fire and for that a 750 w is good for this build

you have the options you can pick any one but i would stick with AMD :) good luck ......................................................

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Yeah, in games the X4 965 is far better than the 920. With the money saved you could get a second video card, which will show quite an increase in performance, depending on your resolution.

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If you are interested I have a motherboard and a video card that work well within your cost constraints and help you get lower than the 1200 build price.

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Thanks for the info all.

 

I would appreciate some more info on whether an AMD or an Intel i7 build would be better for gaming and longevity at this 1200 price point? I was under the assumption that once you got into the i7 world, AMD struggled to compare. Are there newer chips on par or better than them now?

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Thanks for the info all.

 

I would appreciate some more info on whether an AMD or an Intel i7 build would be better for gaming and longevity at this 1200 price point? I was under the assumption that once you got into the i7 world, AMD struggled to compare. Are there newer chips on par or better than them now?

for this budget AMD is better for you , x4 965 is very good like Mr smith said he says it is better than the 920 :angry2: ( should have got one instead of 920 )

and you can get another card and that will be much better than i7 + one card as i always say : ( two is better than one )

and besides with this budget you will build a high end amd system , but with i7 .............

 

GO FOR AMD AND WILL NOT REGRET THIS , and i may add that you can overclock it easier than the i7 since it is a black edition .........:)

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Ok, so let's say I go with an AMD system... for the longevity of the system, would it better to get 2 4890s or would it be better to go with on top end Nvidia card?

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What is the resolution of your monitor?

 

There is no point in spending a small fortune on graphics cards if you can't use them to their full potential!

 

Cheers

 

Paul

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What is the resolution of your monitor?

 

There is no point in spending a small fortune on graphics cards if you can't use them to their full potential!

 

Cheers

 

Paul

 

This system will be used on a 24" monitor with a native resolution of 1920x, I believe. However, this is a build for someone who wants the thing to last as long as possible and im not sure of his ability to upgrade it himself in the future, that being said, a little overkill is OK if it extends the life...

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