Best Intel quad rig for $1000

By klepto12 · 9 replies
Jan 19, 2009
  1. im building my friend a new rig and was wondering if i could get your guys help he wants a Quad core intel machine. He will game on a 22inch LCD monitor so a decent video card is a must also we have the mouse keyboard and monitor so the budget is for everything else. also i saw that intel has lowered it prices today anyone know when we will see those at newegg and the such?
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,115   +9

  3. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Any reason you think you absolutely need quad-core? For gaming dual-core is all that should be needed for a while. Go with a higher frequency dual-core like E8500 Wolfdale, unless he will be doing video encoding (several members have already made statements like this). For $1,000 you should be able to get a better video card, like gtx 260. At minimum get the 1gb version of the 4870.

    Here is some RAM with better timings (dollar difference) I just put a pair in a new rig and they work great.

    Places you could cut from are the case (you can still good for less) the mobo (one that supports less RAM (8 is more than enough)
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I won't bother reposting the anti-quadcore scorn, though the Q6600 is not really a good quadcore anymore, i will asume you want an overclockable quadcore because of the aftermarket cooler.

    I would recommend the Asus PQ5 because it will shave off about $20

    Saphire 4870 512, $189

    HIS 4870 1 gig, $224

    DDR2 800 RAM will make almost no performance loss, i only have marginally faster RAM to match my processor FPS and to make me feel superior.

    That powersupply is also overkill for a single 4870, if you wanted to push it, you COULD probably use a corsair 450W.
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,115   +9

    i think the MB i picked is better for OCing than the P5Q is but i was also looking at the newer quads since the price has dropped on alot of them. can you guys suggest an alternate build for the money but he wants it to be quad for encoding and some rendering.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    "...he wants it to be quad for encoding and some rendering..." of what?

    Remember that you are going to be stuck in the position of supporting your friend's computer and you are asking too much out of a $1000. Consider shooting for reliability.

    I second Rage 3K Moiz recommendations above, except I would avoid the ASUS DVD if you want one to last more than 5 months.
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Are they that bad raybay? I thought they were supposed to be rebranded Pioneers.

    In any case, I believe this would be a more reliable choice for a burner.
  9. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,115   +9

    ok thnx for the suggestions guys i like your build rage its nice. I have talked to my friend and we have come up with an ati 4850 and he likes it alot so with the same budget would it be possible to build an i7 rig? and if it can be done what parts do you guys suggest? i might buy the same thing if i can so suggestions would be great.
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The GPU is far more important in a gaming rig than the CPU. So I think you should stick to a 4870. The Core i7 will not net you any noticeable extra performance in games than the Q9550.
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