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Thread: Which is more valuable for a new build... i7/ddr3 or IntelX25-M SSD?




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    Default Which is more valuable for a new build... i7/ddr3 or IntelX25-M SSD?

    Ive been given a $1000 budget to build a new comp for a friend and Im deciding between two paths....

    i7/DDR3 + 7200rpm Hard Drive

    or...

    Q9550/DDR2 + IntelX25-M SSD

    is the processor/ram upgrade more valuable than a high-end SSD upgrade?

    Im leaning towards the C2Q/SSD build over the i7, any objections?

    From what I gather, this comp will not be used for gaming, mostly everyday tasks, some power-programs, but mostly just Office/Itunes/Mozilla/Outlook etc. (obviously neither of these builds are truly neccesary, but hey, its his money right!, and hes pretty insistent on it being a beast)

    Ideas? thanks...

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    Default Re: Which is more valuable for a new build... i7/ddr3 or IntelX25-M SSD?

    Personally I'd go for an i7 build with $1000 to spend. SSD's are great, but a nice D0 i& 920 will hit 4GHz relatively easy on good cooling. You'll end up with a generally faster system in all but disk transfer/access. Plus you can always save a few quid here and there to get your SSD later, then use the traditional HDD as backup and storage. A WD Caviar Black, either 640GB or 750GB would be a nice drive.

    If you do go for a Core 2 Quad, may I suggest getting a DDR3 mobo, such as an EP45T-UD3P, this means any future upgrade will take your existing RAM (if DDR3 is still mainstream by then).
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