Quad-Core Builds - Which One?

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To start with the basics:

1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
------ Gaming, photoshop, web browsing, multi-tasking

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
------ Hopefully under $650 with everything included

3) Where do you live?
------ California...darn the tax

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. Please be very specific.
------ Need: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Hard Drive (possibly)

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
------ Reusing: ATI HD4850, OCZ GameXStream 700W, Antec P180B, DVDRW, Hard Drives, TRUE-120

6) Will you be overclocking?
------ Yes

7) What size monitor do you have or plan to have?
------ 24" Dell 2405FPW - 1920x1200

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
------ Within the next 30 days

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? etc.
------ Nothing particular

Now, on to the details:

I am planning on using my VisionTek 4850, Thermalright Ultra-120, Other hard hrives, Antec P180 case, and sata DVDRW drive.

I am in need of a good Quad-Core CPU, Motherboard, RAM, and (possibly) primary hard drive.

I will be overclocking

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A few questions:

1. Is it worth it to go for an i7 build (i7 920, P6T, 4GB DDR3 1333) for about $810 shipped?
2. Should I be leaning towards the Q9400 or Q9450 or Q9550 (for the additional 0.5 multiplier)? Perhaps the Q6600, even though it's 65nm?

Here are the 2 builds I've come up with so far:

Q9550 Build


Q9550 + GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P - $426.98

4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000 - $49.99

640GB Western Digital AALS - $79.99

Subtotal: $556.96
Tax: $45.95
Shipping: $9.39
TOTAL: $612.30​


Core i7 920 Build​

Core i7 920 - $277.98 shipped

ASUS P6T Deluxe - $311 shipped

6GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 - $175 + $14.43 (tax) + FS = $189.43 shipped

640GB Western Digital AALS - $79.99 +$6.60 (tax) = $86.60 shipped

Thermalright 1366 Bolt-Through Kit - $15.00

TOTAL: $881​


- Any changes can be made to these builds
- All advice/suggestions welcome

Is it worth it to add $270 to the Q9550 build to go with the i7 build? I'm on the fence about this one...

Thanks in advance for all the help and suggestions!
 

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To start with the basics:

If you want to save a few bucks, the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 is a hell of an awesome board that can be had for a few bucks less. That is the Newegg price. I'm not sure about the site you linked with the P6T Deluxe at $301. I've never heard of them before so I don't know how reputable they are.
 

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If you want to save a few bucks, the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 is a hell of an awesome board that can be had for a few bucks less. That is the Newegg price. I'm not sure about the site you linked with the P6T Deluxe at $301. I've never heard of them before so I don't know how reputable they are.

The site is reputable and there's no tax to California so it saves me about $25. The Gigabyte EX58-UD5 is the same price ($300) at that site and Newegg as well.
 

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The site is reputable and there's no tax to California so it saves me about $25. The Gigabyte EX58-UD5 is the same price ($300) at that site and Newegg as well.

Well then, there you go.
 

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Performance-wise, the Core i7 setup. Price-wise, the Q9550 system. Personally, I'd lean more towards the Q9550... but that's because I'm planning a partial upgrade for myself in the near future.

But which games are you playing on your 24 inch monitor? (It's more out of curiosity than anything else.)
 

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if the main thing you're concerned with is gaming performance, there seems to be very little difference between the q9550 and i7 920 from what i've read. i was planning on getting an i7 setup myself, but after researching what options i had with my current motherboard, i've decided on a q9550. i won't have to drop $250+ on a mobo and $150+ on ram, and i won't have to go through the hassle of reinstalling windows. if i were you, i'd save a couple hundred bucks and go with the q9550 setup.
 

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if the main thing you're concerned with is gaming performance, there seems to be very little difference between the q9550 and i7 920 from what i've read. i was planning on getting an i7 setup myself, but after researching what options i had with my current motherboard, i've decided on a q9550. i won't have to drop $250+ on a mobo and $150+ on ram, and i won't have to go through the hassle of reinstalling windows. if i were you, i'd save a couple hundred bucks and go with the q9550 setup.

I follow your logic. The thing is, I will be giving my current CPU, Motherboard, and RAM to someone so I have no motherboard to leave for myself and have to start from scratch.

The main question is: Q9550 for several hundred dollars less than the i7 or i7 because it's the newer tech?
 

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Q9550 Build man. But, with these components

Cpu/Mobo (Combo Deal) - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 + Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR both for $395
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.147878

Ram - 4gig G. Skills DDR2 1000 for $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145

HDD - WD 6400AAKS 640gig for $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

Subtotal: $520

The money you save from this as oppose to the Core i7 build, you can maybe sell your HD 4850 card, then get a GTX 280 video card.
 

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How's this option

Cpu/Mobo (Combo Deal) - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 + Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R($15 MIR) both for $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.147899

Ram - 4gig G. Skills DDR2 1000 for $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145

HDD - WD 6400AAKS 640gig for $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

Subtotal: $415
Tax - $34.23
Shipping...meh...let's say $10

Grand Total: $459.23

$836(Core i7 build) - $459.23(Q6600 build) = $376.77 savings

$376.77 you can get a GTX 280 video card already.
 

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