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    Okay, my old PC is going to my 4 year old, so it's time to build myself a new toy.

    When I go to places like anandtech.com and tomshardware.com, I never seem to get the information I need. As far as I know, the Intel Core i7 is the best CPU out there at this time. Then again, I haven't really kept up with what AMD has been putting out lately. So that's the first decision.

    After that, I'll have to choose a motherboard, but I can't do that until I choose a processor because AMD CPU boards and Intel CPU boards have different sockets. Something with integrated USB3 and e-Sata would be nice.

    I'll need a video card too of course. I'm not a big gamer - but I don't want something crappy and low-end either. Don't need a case, power supply, monitor, or other components - already have.

    Any advice from build-it-yourselfers? Thx

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    Yeah, its the i7, but, what else might you be doing that may make life easier with an i7, which I would definitely spring for if gaming or rendering a lot. Or do you want i7 no matter what because its the best you can buy right now? The AMD 6 cores are far far from crappy and low end, but they are not top end i7s either, but, they are fantastically cheaper.
    So I guess a better question is, is there a budget involved or not?

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    I'm in the same boat as JM. Can a large number of USB ports be added? I've got printers and scanners and phones and other connectible devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Dodd View Post
    I'm in the same boat as JM. Can a large number of USB ports be added? I've got printers and scanners and phones and other connectible devices.
    That will largely depent on your choice of motherboard. Most/all newer boards will come with ample USB ports, and you can easily check this
    by looking over the specs. On many boards there are extra connectors on the motherboard that are mostly unused.
    Some manufacturer's Like Asus will provide a connector that utilizes those extra USB connections on the motherboard and places it in one of your case's
    extra PCI slot bracket.

    Photo example of a USB connector that utilized those extra motherboard USB outputs.
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