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I have a friend needing to build an Intel based machine with MINIMUM 8GB of RAM as he plans to be running VM's. More RAM the better if it fits the budget. Win 7 Professional 64-bit OEM will be fine for OS. Hard drive capacity not an issue, so doesn't need to be the biggest. Case would be needed as well. Doesn't need to be top of the line intel either. Its not for overclocking so unlocked processors are not required. i3-i5 is fine. Whatever works. A dedicated vido card is NOT needed so a good mobo that can run off the intel HD graphics on the cpu is good too.

Anyone have some good part recomendations?

Thank you in advanced,

Sir B

P.S. Please no AMD suggestions...we all know they are cheaper, but in this case AMD is not the route we are looking to take.
Edited by Sir Beregond - 10/28/11 at 10:18am
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post #2 of 4
Maybe intel is not the best choice for a $300 to $500 build. You can build a much more powerful amd rig for that price range. Possibly phenom II x4.
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I understand that, I actually suggested that to him as well. He wants Intel based on something he is running called Lion (I have no idea what that is). He said AMD won't work for that.
Edited by Sir Beregond - 10/28/11 at 10:15am
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[Lamptron] FC5-V2  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] Core i7-960 [ASUS] Rampage III Formula [EVGA] GTX 670 FTW 2GB [Corsair] Dominator-GT 6GB DDR3-1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
[Crucial] M4 128GB [Samsung] Spinpoint F3 1TB x2 [WD] Caviar Black 750GB [XSPC] Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EVGA] GTX 680 Hydro Copper w/ Backplate  [XSPC] EX360 and EX240 [XSPC] Dual-bay Res w/ [Swiftech] MCP655 [Scythe] Gentle Typhoon AP-15 x 5 
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[Bitfenix] Spectre Pro Red LED - 140mm x 4 [Windows] 7 Ultimate 64-Bit [BenQ] XL2420TX [Saitek] Cyborg V.5 Red LED 
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[Corsair] AX850 [NZXT] Switch 810 Matte Black [Razer] Naga Epic Red LED [Audio Technica] ATH-A700 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Crucial] M550 512GB [WD] Black 3TB x 2 [EK] Supremacy EVO - Gold [EK] GTX 980 Strix - Fullcover w/ Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] D5 X-RES Top 100 w/ D5 Vario [Monsoon] 3/8" ID 5/8" OD Compressions - Gold [XSPC] EX240 x 2 [Corsair] SP120 x 5 / AF120 x 1 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8.1 Pro 64-bit [BenQ] XL2420TX [Corsair] K70 - Red switches [Corsair] AX750 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
[Corsair] Carbide Air 540 [Razer] Naga Epic [Audio Technica] ATH-A700  [Antlion] ModMic 
Other
[Lamptron] FC5-V2  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] Core i7-960 [ASUS] Rampage III Formula [EVGA] GTX 670 FTW 2GB [Corsair] Dominator-GT 6GB DDR3-1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
[Crucial] M4 128GB [Samsung] Spinpoint F3 1TB x2 [WD] Caviar Black 750GB [XSPC] Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EVGA] GTX 680 Hydro Copper w/ Backplate  [XSPC] EX360 and EX240 [XSPC] Dual-bay Res w/ [Swiftech] MCP655 [Scythe] Gentle Typhoon AP-15 x 5 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
[Bitfenix] Spectre Pro Red LED - 140mm x 4 [Windows] 7 Ultimate 64-Bit [BenQ] XL2420TX [Saitek] Cyborg V.5 Red LED 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
[Corsair] AX850 [NZXT] Switch 810 Matte Black [Razer] Naga Epic Red LED [Audio Technica] ATH-A700 
AudioOther
[ASUS] Xonar Essence STX [Lamptron] FC5-V2 
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[Intel] Core M-5Y10 [Intel] HD Graphics 5300 [Generic?] 8 GB DDR3 [Generic?] 256GB SSD 
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So he's building a hackintosh?

i5-2300, z68 board, basic 2x4gb ram


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