Intel Core i7 Buyer’s Guide: High Performance Possible With $1450
You probably know Intel’s Core i7 architecture as the manufacturer’s latest high-end consumer offering. And you’re probably aware that investing in these expensive processors also require an expensive overhaul of your desktop hardware for compatibility and maximization. But not that much, according to Anandtech:
Despite the high cost of the CPU and the uniqueness of some components, we have shown that it is possible to build a complete high performance Core i7 system for as little as $1450. That price is for a system with 1TB hard drive, Blu-ray player/DVD burner, a Radeon HD 4870 1GB video card, 1920×1080 monitor, keyboard/mouse, and even Windows Vista Home Premium. If you have some components that are compatible with a Core i7 build, you can reduce the cost even further. Just be sure you will not be leaving performance behind with the components you are considering moving over to a new Core i7 build.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Maybe it’s time to shop around for parts. While you’re at it, read the entire article for more details.
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