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March 3, 2009 2:59:43 AM

Should i build my next system around an AMD Phenom X3 720BE or Q9400 or for a $100 more a Core i7 920? I intend to spend no more than $1200. Also i would like any recommendations you guys have for a good video card for this budget. If you guys have a system build that you really like that meets the budget please tell me. Thanks

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March 3, 2009 3:35:56 AM

First and foremost, what are you going to use it for? If you're only into gaming, then Phenom X4 920 should be good enough. You get similar performance in gaming than i7 920, while spending a lot less.

For $1200, you can build a really nice gaming system.
March 3, 2009 4:40:30 AM

yomamafor1 said:
First and foremost, what are you going to use it for? If you're only into gaming, then Phenom X4 920 should be good enough. You get similar performance in gaming than i7 920, while spending a lot less.

For $1200, you can build a really nice gaming system.




I'm going for like a midrange computer with pretty decent gaming but overall good performance
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March 3, 2009 6:30:29 AM

amd phenom II 920
Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H
4gb ddr2 800mhz ram
550w corsair psu
radeon 4870

rest according to ur liking
March 3, 2009 6:31:08 AM

or u can wait for the socket am3 phenom II 925
March 3, 2009 9:57:14 AM

Hi

The i7 920 is alot better than the phenoms 2 in DDR3 performance and game wise. The only thing holding back the i7 in gaming is the Nvidia drivers so all you have to do is wait for better Nvidia drivers then i can promise you your i7 will toast the phenom 2's. Its been proven with ATI GFX cards

March 3, 2009 12:10:57 PM

Get a phenom II processor and spend the extra money on a good video card or extra memory or maybe even a ssd drive :) .
March 3, 2009 12:25:45 PM

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Wrong! The tests were done using ATI cards and Nvidia cards and the PHenom 2 940 w/ddr3 clearly toasted the i7 920 in gaming.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/socket-am3-phenom,2...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/socket-am3-phenom,2...

In fact, Nvidia's Nick Stam actually helped THG with the benchmarks after Intel fanboys cried about the results

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-280,215...

The bottom line?

Post-testing Analysis: "Indeed, it is not. Instead, the Phenom II maintains its advantage over Intel, even when you drop down to resolutions no gamer with this sort of hardware would really want to play at. If this is still a graphical bottleneck for the GeForce GTX 280, then our conclusion from the AM3 launch holds true, and the Phenom II really is faster in real-world gaming scenarios."

So stop spreading your FUD fanboy.


You really need to read what you posted there.

Word, Playa.
March 3, 2009 1:27:40 PM

bikingfreak said:
I'm going for like a midrange computer with pretty decent gaming but overall good performance


Then you should be looking at a AMD Phenom computer.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 920 - 189.99
MB: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe - 194.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-1066 2GB kit x2 (total 4GB) - 95.98
VGA: ASUS EAH4870X2 - 454.99

So that's the majority of the component, with sub-total of around $950. Of course if you want something even less expensive, you can always exchange the HD4870X2 with a GTX285 that's 150USD cheaper.
March 3, 2009 8:19:33 PM

yomamafor1 said:
Then you should be looking at a AMD Phenom computer.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 920 - 189.99
MB: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe - 194.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-1066 2GB kit x2 (total 4GB) - 95.98
VGA: ASUS EAH4870X2 - 454.99

So that's the majority of the component, with sub-total of around $950. Of course if you want something even less expensive, you can always exchange the HD4870X2 with a GTX285 that's 150USD cheaper.




Should i really get an X4 cause i heard the X3 is pretty good?
March 3, 2009 8:22:26 PM

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Not sure where you got those prices but there are 790GX/FX boards for a whole lot cheaper than $195.
$95 for 4gb of 1066? I see it at newegg right now for less than $50.
I also see 4870X2's for around $400.




Is a 4870X2 better than 2 4870's in a crossfire configuration?
March 3, 2009 8:24:25 PM

for the price it is available u cant expect nyhting better than that wait to see wat amd does abt their present situation
March 3, 2009 8:30:26 PM

bikingfreak said:
Should i really get an X4 cause i heard the X3 is pretty good?


You do not have to get a X4 if you choose not to. Its just that you have the budget for it, and programs down the road will be developed to better utilize the CPU.

And to answer the other question, no. The HD4870X2 is a faster solution (5~10%) compared to HD4870 in crossfire.
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March 4, 2009 12:32:18 PM

bikingfreak said:
Should i really get an X4 cause i heard the X3 is pretty good?


That's pretty much up to you, your budget and your future plans.

PhII 720 / 790gx combos start at $210. PhII 940 / 790fx combos at $300. The PhII 920 / Foxconn 790fx combo is $260 after rebate.

What is your gaming resolution? HD 4870 -512Mb have a price drop coming up in the next week (not sure about the -1Gb models). A pair of HD 4870 -512s in Crossfire might be a good 'mid-range' gamer ...

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