Core i7 on a budget: MSI X58 Pro-E review

Perhaps the biggest problem we saw with initial Intel X58 motherboards was their substantial price. Add to that the serious price premium for DDR3 memory, and you ended up with a relatively affordable and fast Core i7 920 processor that nevertheless needed to run on an expensive platform.

The recent drop in DDR3 pricing got us thinking about the affordability of the Core i7 platform, and we began to wonder just how cheap users could build one of these systems.

MSI has quietly been preparing an army of Core i7 motherboards, now with five unique models on offer, we feel they may have what we're after. The X58 Pro-E is an interesting looking motherboard, priced at around $200 which is almost as low as X58-based motherboards will go.

View: MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard review

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I built a Core i7 machine this past February, got a number of my parts from NewEgg and a local Microcenter. Microcenter has an in store deal on the i7 920 which is about $50 - $70 cheaper than NewEgg! The MSI Platinum SLI was $10 cheaper ($210 or $220 I paid) at the time at Microcenter as well. In the end I think I did pretty good on making the most of my dollar through some bargain hunting, I (amazingly) was able to justify this to my new bride as a way to upgrade now and be good for a few years! And she also got my Core 2 Duo machine in the deal... it worked!

Right now the i7 920 is $280 at NewEgg and it's $230 in the Microcenter ad (page 24). It typically doesn't appear on their site as this is an in store only deal.

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