I need info/opinions on 4 choices I need to make:
- Which CPU to buy. My choice is between a 3.3GHz Core i5 or a 3.4GHz Core i7. The difference in price is about $100. Is the difference in performance worth the extra benjamin?
- Which mobo to buy. I was originally looking at an Asus P8P67 Deluxe but read some reviews on the ASRock P67 PRO3 and that board comes in around $80 cheaper. I know the Asus has a bunch of nice features but I have an Asus now that has lots of nice stuff...and I've never used it. I might OC the proc a little bit but what I'm really looking for is opinions about other boards (Gigabyte, MSI, etc)
- Video card. I'm not interested all that much in going with a dual card setup so I'm looking at either a XFX Radeon HD 6850 or a MSI NGTX560 Ti Twin Frozr. There's about a $65 difference between the two and again, is the XFX that much better to justify the price?
- Finally, memory. I'll be getting a copy of Win7 Professional 64 bit and I'm not sure how much memory is enough for that OS. My current XP rig runs with 4Gb and I was originally thinking of putting 16Gb on this machine...but now I'm not sure. My current spec has 8Gb but I'm kinda lost on how much is enough to compensate for what is surely a greater memory demand by the OS.
I also have a 750W PSU specc'd out and I'm pretty sure that's enough juice...but I'm told the newer Intel procs don't need near the power of the old quad cores they replaced...so maybe 750W is overkill?
I'm trying to keep this build below $900 (spec'g everything except peripherals and a case) and it'll need to last me around 5 years or so if possible. Thanks in advance for any and all learned opinions/experiences anyone wishes to share with me on this.
This post has been edited by Craig328: 03 October 2011 - 06:10 AM