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post #11 of 23
Ditch the hard disk and get a better one. It won't cost you much more.

If you're looking to save money on the build, then I'm sure we can knock price off while keeping/enhancing performance. Alternately, we could just optimize at your price bracket? What are you after?


My personal recommendation is to get:
- a 7200 rpm 1TB hard disk (cheapest reputable one you can find)
- a cheaper heatsink (are you really going to use it to its fullest?)
- An i5 2500k (almost identical to the i7, but far cheaper)
- A different power supply (something in the 500-600W range that's good. Any Antec that's not from the Basiq range, or an OCZ stealthXstream II 600W, or similar. Make sure to ask here about the psu before you buy it - it can destroy a system if you buy the wrong one)
- Change the RAM (a dual channel kit will be cheaper and ought to allow for better overclocks. Look for 2x2GB of DDR3 running at 1600Mhz unless you really want to throw cash at it)


Now, I'm not from America, but my understanding is that all of those ought to make it perform better (or at least no worse in games) and will be a fair bit cheaper.


Edit:

Also, booting from an ssd will speed up all of your loading times into windows and will make everything seem a lot snappier. Many people love it and many others think it's not worth the effort. It's really a personal call.
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post #12 of 23
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The budget I have is $1500 but if its cheaper i won't complain.

But is there a difference between the i5 and i7 performance wise? I mean i know there is but will i be able to see it?
post #13 of 23
If you want more Storage you could also ditch the SSD and instead create a RAID 0 array with these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

Would give you a whole Terabyte of room to play in.
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The budget I have is $1500 but if its cheaper i won't complain.

But is there a difference between the i5 and i7 performance wise? I mean i know there is but will i be able to see it?
The i7 has hyper threading where as the i5 doesn't. I personally would spend the extra for HT just because i know i would use it. But in your case your kinda new to having a good comp so you don't know. If your budget is $1500 and your already under it, why not just get the i7?
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post #15 of 23
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The budget I have is $1500 but if its cheaper i won't complain.

But is there a difference between the i5 and i7 performance wise? I mean i know there is but will i be able to see it?
Honestly for Gaming... no. With the already decently high clocks of the SB chips and excellent memory controller your Graphics card should be a bigger limiter in performance at a high resolution.
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post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
wow thank you all for the quick responses!

K so i am sticking with the i7
and im assuming that the MB i chose is good as no one commented on it yet. Its the MSI P67A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Now the GPU should i go for a 470 over my current build of 460 or go for an ati or something?
post #17 of 23
Could get a HD6870 a really good power efficient card.
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post #18 of 23
470 is a fantastic performer, just a little warm for the reference model. The 6870 is an equal performer that is much cooler and runs on less volts. Both have their advantages over each other. Both great cards. Pick whichever you like more.

An Overcloked GTX 460 1 gig will perform at equal levels to a stock GTX 470, cooler and more efficiently. This requires some user overclocking though.
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post #20 of 23
get an i5-2500k and then buy a better case...
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