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Cheap and Solid Intel i7 860 Builds

I derived a couple Intel i7 860 2.8 GHz builds, so take a look and see what you think. The prices in both could be lowered a tad if you were to choose a cheaper computer case, different power supply, less than 4GB RAM, different/less than 500GB hard drive, or a cheaper video card than the Radeon HD 4870. I chose these components because I believe that they can act as a solid baseline for purchasing a build that includes a processor like the Intel i7. The Radeon HD 4870 has a max resolution of 2560 x 1600, and can most likely play allot of games at pretty high settings, so if something like this is of no concern to you, by all means go for a cheaper card like the Radeon HD 4850.

Build 1: $788 @ Amazon

1. Processor: Intel Core i7 860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX

2. Power Supply Unit (P.S.U): Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5

3. Computer Case: Cooler Master Elite 341 m-ATX Mini Tower Case Black – (RC-341C-KKN1-GP)

4. A MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-P55M – UD2 Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard

5. RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 4 GB Kit (2x2GB Modules)DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G

6. Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3500418AS-Bare Drive

7. DVD – Drive: LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black)

8. Video Graphics Card: Asus ATI Radeon HD4870 1 GB DDR5 2DVI PCI-Express Video Card EAH4870/2DI/1GD5

Build 2: $799 @ Newegg

1. Processor:
Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

2. Power Supply Unit (P.S.U):
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

3. A Computer Case:
APEX TX-381-C Black Computer Case

4. A MotherBoard:
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 ATX Intel Motherboard

5. RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

6. Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

7. DVD – Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner – Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

8. Video Graphics Card:
XFX Radeon HD 4870 HD-487A-ZWFC Video Card

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