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If he is just gaming and not overclocking i'd wait. An i7 2500 would be a great chip for him. Slap in a 6950 or a GTX 560ti and your laughing!

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Just casual gaming. It's for schoolwork mainly.
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Just casual gaming. It's for schoolwork mainly.
A laptop might be better in that case.
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Well our work is more than just word processing. We do animation, programming and web developing.

Plus a desktop lasts longer and has unlimited room for upgrades.
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unlimited room for upgrades.
Not if you buy 1366 or 1156
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just get him a 1156 i5 760 and a Gigabyte p55 or h55 board. He will be happy for years to come.
    
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Not if you buy 1366 or 1156
Well it lasts longer. And really He's not like us when it comes to upgrades anyway. I'm thinking a Core i5, 4-8GB RAM and a GTX5* will do him fine for at least the next 2-5 years.
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Price difference between an i5-760 and i5-2500k is roughly $20. The i5-2500k will easily beat the i5-760 and will be the much better investment. Even the price difference between the P55 and P67 boards is negligible to the point where it would not be wise to invest in the older technology just to save a few dollars.
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Get an i5-760 or similar, it'll be fine.
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Not if you buy 1366 or 1156
Yeah, as if 1155 is going to have unlimited upgrade potential. Hell, as soon as PCIe 3.0 hits, you're out of the water too.

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Get an i5-760 or similar, it'll be fine.
This. It doesn't sound like he's an E-peen sort or an extreme user, he sure as hell doesn't have to have an i7, and the old Lynnfields still have plenty power.

I might even suggest just getting an i3 Clarkdale unless you think he needs/wants a quad core.

No doubt Sandy is faster, but if you need a comp now, and don't need the extra speed, Lynnfield/Clarkdale are still superior to the competition.
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why not just pick up an Asus p67 pro and call it a day? As long as your using the SATA III ports there is no issue. It has 4 internal, 2 Intel and 2 Marvell. No clue what you were looking at for storage or performance but a SSD and HDD in the Intel SATA III and the DVD/BlueRay in the Marvell and your good to go. Depending on how much animation get the i7-2600k otherwise the i5-2500k, do a mild OC and he will be set for the length of time you described.

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And there are some Asus board still to be had. http://www.directron.com/intelp67.html
Edited by bratas - 2/23/11 at 3:01pm
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