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Old July 29, 2010, 10:12 AM
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Default I wanted a budget computer, but I'm overdoing it. Help!

I wanted a budget (word is apparently used tentatively now) desktop, with all the features. I'm definitely overdoing it. I initially created an i7 set up (see this initial thread: Hey, guys. I would love and appreciate some suggestions on my first build.), and then I added an SSD as a "you know, what the heck."

I'm overdoing an i5 set up tho. What can I modify here to make it a little more budget conscious, while still being able to maintain an i5, gtx 460 set up? Get rid of the SSD altogether? Change the PSU? Suggestions would be much appreciated.

Core i7 with SSD:
https://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/My...px?ID=19891408

Core i5 with SSD:
https://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/My...spx?ID=9760009

Price wise, Memory Express will price match to the lowest Canadian pricing, so I'm not too worried about that or price matching. Its just the components themselves are sort of pricey to begin with, and would love some alternative suggestions.
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Old July 29, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Old July 29, 2010, 10:44 AM
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When you say "Budget Build" what exactly is your Budget? I put together a Budget I7 Rig not too long ago for some family members and it came in around 1.4K (no SSD)......
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Old July 29, 2010, 10:58 AM
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Lose the SSD, look for sales, you may also find a good deal on used parts on the BST thread. Downsize your hdd, psu, stick with stock cooling on the cpu for now, find a cheaper case. Not sure what else to tell you until we see your updated wish list.
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lose the intel... go for an AMD hexacore... cheaper and equally powerful
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lose the intel... go for an AMD hexacore... cheaper and equally powerful
I thought the i5s were more powerful in terms of raw power?
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I thought the i5s were more powerful in terms of raw power?
They are. The AMD hex-cores can compete with quad-core i7s in heavily multi-threaded programs, but for most things the Intel chips are faster.
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Old July 29, 2010, 07:00 PM
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If you want to go with a budget build and stay with intel (for whatever reasons) then this is my setup recommendation for you, taking some parts from your previous thread.

Corsair HX650 PSU
Asus P7P55D-E Pro
Intel Core i5 750
CM Hyper 212+
G Skill PI F3-12800CL6D-4GBPI DDR3-1600 4GB 2x2GB
2 WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 64MB Cache (1st for OS, 2nd for DATA) or
2 WD Caviar Black 500GB SATA2 32MB Cache (1st for OS, 2nd for DATA)
EVGA GeForce GTX460 1GB (Get the 2nd one later on for SLI)
LG CH10LS20 Blu-ray Combo Drive
MS Win 7 Home Premium 64Bit OEM

For cases I would go with Cooler Master's CM 690 II Basic/Advance or HAF 922. They are all great sub $100 cases.

Now this would be a sweet gaming rig and would be cheaper than an i7 930/X58 mobo/tri-channel RAM setup by around $200 or so.

Hope this helps you decide and good luck with your build
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