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October 5, 2006 2:02:20 PM

I am building a new system and need help deciding on the right way to go e.g. AMD or Intel.
Intel System :
Cpu : Intel® Boxed Core2™Extreme X6800 Processor - 2.93GHz

Ram : Corsair® TwinX™ XMS™ Matched Memory Pair - 2x 1GB Modules - DDR2-800 - 6-Layer, Heat Spreader, CL 5-5-5-15, Retail

Mobo : GIGABYTE® "6 Quad" iP965 & ICH8R Express Chipset

Gpu : Gigabyte® nVidia® GeForce 7950GX2 Dual GPU, 1GB 512Bit DDR3

Power : 700Watt 20/24-Pin ATX 2.0 12V Power Supply (Dual Rail)

Tower : Cooler Master™ CM Stacker 830

HDD : 2x Seagate® Cheetah™ 15k Series - 73.2GB 68-Pin SCSI Ultra

AMD System :
Cpu : AMD® Boxed Athlon™64 FX62 Processor - 2.8GHz Dual Core

Ram : Corsair® TwinX™ XMS™ Matched Memory Pair - 2x 1GB DDR2 800

Mobo : GIGABYTE® "S Series" nForce590 SLI Chipset - For AMD K8

Gpu : Gigabyte® nVidia® GeForce 7950GX2 Dual GPU, 1GB 512Bit DDR3

Power : 700Watt 20/24-Pin ATX 2.0 12V Power Supply (Dual Rail)

Tower : Cooler Master™ CM Stacker 830

HDD : 2x Seagate® Cheetah™ 15k Series - 73.2GB 68-Pin SCSI Ultra

Well these are the systems and I need to know which is best .I own a IT Company so money isn’t really part of the consideration. :D 
October 5, 2006 2:33:02 PM

Go with the Intel.

Don't bother getting the SCSI drives, they're not in any way shape or form optimised for desktop use. If you must, use them for storage, but boot off a Raptor or equivalent.

And why are you getting SCSI drives and not SAS? Anyway...

Rest of it looks good. Some people will say you should go for a X1900XTX over the 7950GX2, but meh...
October 5, 2006 2:35:37 PM

Well I'm an AMD user and at this point telling you to go the Intel route! :wink:
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October 5, 2006 6:30:53 PM

Thx guys will do...
October 5, 2006 7:09:29 PM

the intel system but definately not that video card get like a radeon x1900xtx or 1950xtx
October 5, 2006 7:25:55 PM

Go for an X1900XT unless you're running at 1600x1200 or higher.
October 5, 2006 7:38:03 PM

Sorry for the lack of screen information, I have a Apple cinaview 30" running at 2560 x 1600 pixels. O and I’m getting 2 Geforce 7950 GX2's.
October 5, 2006 7:49:15 PM

I'd recommend two X1950s instead, they offer much better visual quality, and difference in FPS is irrelevant when most monitors can't display above 75FPS anyway... besides, the X1950s are damn quiet, you won't be disappointed.

But hey, don't feel pressured or anything, when spending this much money your opinion should matter most :) 
October 5, 2006 7:54:11 PM

Thx man. But I had a bad experience once with a ati card a few years back and have never really got back to liking them, but thx for the suggestion do u know where I can take a look at a head to head comparison of the two.
October 5, 2006 8:19:05 PM

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Ram : Corsair® TwinX™ XMS™ Matched Memory Pair - 2x 1GB Modules - DDR2-800 - 6-Layer, Heat Spreader, CL 5-5-5-15, Retail


5-5-5-15 are about the slowest timing numbers I've seen. You're getting top notch on everything else, why skimp on RAM?
October 5, 2006 8:23:20 PM

Have u got suggestions on the ram I should get?
October 5, 2006 8:23:23 PM

Quote:
Ram : Corsair® TwinX™ XMS™ Matched Memory Pair - 2x 1GB Modules - DDR2-800 - 6-Layer, Heat Spreader, CL 5-5-5-15, Retail


5-5-5-15 are about the slowest timing numbers I've seen. You're getting top notch on everything else, why skimp on RAM?

noticed this also, ddr2-800 5-5-5-12 is by no means slow, but there are better sets out there, for your system when comparing other components i would go with atleast this 4-4-4-12(PC6400C4) timings or even there remarkable PC6400C3
October 5, 2006 8:28:46 PM

Thx man , would have “skipped” on the ram but giving it another look now , there are Corsair® TwinX™ XMS™ Matched Memory Pair - 2x 1GB Modules - DDR2-800 - 6-Layer, Heat Spreader, CL 4-4-4-12 available for me.
October 5, 2006 9:04:31 PM

Intel System for sure. Couple of comments.

Video Card: Last I heard, dual 7950GX2's wasn't up to snuff. Look here.

Since your getting an SLI board, I'd get one 7950GX2 for the time being. Specifically, get the XFX one. It's the highest clocked 7950GX2 you can buy. I'd wait until both ATI and NVidia have DX10 offerings on the table. Then you can decide which one to get or just get the 8800GTX when it comes out next month. I'm pretty confident that 2 8800GTX's will blow the pants off of 2 7950GX2's.

Hard Drive: Either get the Western Digital Raptors (if you have money burning a hole in your wallet) or the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Perpendicular Drives.

If you can get the FX-62 for 200 bucks then go with the AMD system. 8)
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October 6, 2006 2:19:33 AM

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Tower : Cooler Master™ CM Stacker 830
The Stacker is a great case.
But nothing says "High End" like water cooling.
And a case like Thermaltake Armor LCS makes it look good and makes it easy on the build.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Chassis/fulltower/armor_lcs/ve2000swa.asp
Thermaltake Armor LCS / Liquid Cooled Full Tower Case US$260

There is also a Kandalf LCS case.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Chassis/fulltower/Kandalf_lcs/vd4000swa.asp
Thermaltake Kandalf LCS $290
October 6, 2006 4:42:16 AM

Had a look at them , very nice. but I like the cm830 couse I can put in the new zalman res2 watercooler with all the extas so I'm still sold on the CM Stacker.
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