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Old January 18, 2009, 01:02 PM
ev0styLe ev0styLe is offline
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Hey there guys so basically im having a really hard time deciding on what new build to go for, ive looked at so many systems im ready to jump off a bridge with confusion. I very nearly went for an i7 system:

CPU: Intel® Core i7 920
CPU Cooler: Stock
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58 chipset, SLI/Crossfire)
Memory: 3.0GB Corsair DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 CL9 (3x1GB)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s 32MB Cache
Optical Drive: Sony DRU-190A 20X DVD±RW
Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB
PSU: Corsair TX 750W
Case: Antec Nine Hundred

I then realised i7 may not be the right option for me as it means buying into an enthusiasts platform. Im not into overclocking yet therefore not as knowledgeble as your average enthusiast either. I game now and then but dont render or multi-task so was thinking i7 would be a waste of my money seeing as though games arent optimized for i7 yet? But seeing as i hardly ever upgrade i thought the latest CPU architecture would do me well.

My current specs are:
CPU: AMD Athlon 2600+
Motherboard: Biostar M7NCD
Memory: 1GB Crucial (2x 512MB)
Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon X1550

So this is where u guys come in, instead of streching my budget and jumping to high end i7, i was thinking of going for the most bang for buck in terms of price vs quality and performance. What ya think?

I will be gaming on 1920x1080 and will be using XP 32-bit. This is what ive come up with so far:

CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E8400
CPU Cooler: Stock
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro (Intel P45 chipset, Crossfire)
Memory: 4.0GB Corsair DDR2 800MHz XMS2 (2x 2GB)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB S-ATAII 3.0GB/s 32MB Cache
Optical Drive: Sony DRU-190A 20X DVD±RW
Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
PSU: Corsair TX 650W
Case: Antec Three Hundred

The reason i chose 4GB of memory is because 4GB only cost a little extra as opposed to the 2GB even though XP 32-bit can only address something like 3.5GB RAM.

So for all u system builders out there what would be the most bang for buck rig at the moment?
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