Price isn't an issue between these set ups, because they are roughly the same. But what of these set ups will provide the best overall performance? How big improvement is the DDR3 ram over the DDR2? That's what I can't decide.
Personally I am leaning towards the 720BE AM3 myself, mostly because it's AM3 and has DDR3, simpler to upgrade in the future, and the ram limit is 16gb, so as time passes I can just smash more into it, and AM3 sockets will probably last longer than AM2+.
So would it be smart to go with the AM3 now, based on the fact that it will be more upgrade friendly?
If I lost the water cooling, which is 60 euro (every priced here is based on the Norwegian prices I will be able to buy them for, if 1 euro equals 10 Norwegian kroner) I'd still be another water cooling short of the 955BE. Which is why (on my budget) that I can only have AM3 if I go for the 720BE, because that takes 50 euro of the CPU cost, but adds about 50 euro to the MB cost. So a 955BE and a AM3 MB would raise the total cost about 100 euro.
Which is why I'm kind of leaning towards the AM3/720 BE set up at the moment, so a year or so from now, I can upgrade with a better processor, same socket, and maybe add some ram and another GFX card (as the AM3 mb have 2x 16x PCI-e).
As for what the PC will be used for, to say it short; everything.
Back on topic, I see where you are going with your budget and am completely behind the 720 idea. I'm just not clear why water has to be in the mix at all. I'm at 32c right now because I'm ripping Rocky Horror directors cut to MKV. It just seems a bit superfluous.
The water thing isn't really necessary, but it's mostly because of that a decent 3rd party fan will cost about 40 euro, and this is only 20 euros more expensive, and for that money I get alot quieter CPU cooling.
But based on instincts and replies in this thread it seems like it's going to be the 720BE AM3 set up. Which should be a decicion I'll be quite happy about in the future when I only have to buy a new processor and some new ram.
Alright. Thanks for all the replies! It helped me a long way in finally deciding what set up I'll go with. Not a easy thing deciding, and I'm a guy that if I'm not entirely happy with what I bought I can loose sleep over it. So this is the final set up:
- AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Black Edition Triple Core, 2,8Ghz, AM3, 95W, Boxed
- XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB "xXx" GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI-I, HDMI, HDCP, 775/3800MHz
- MSI 790GX-G65, 790GX+SB750, Socket-AM3 DDR3, ATX, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16, GbLan, HDMI, DVI
- OCZ Gold DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT, 2xDDR3 2GB, CL9-9-9-26
- Silver Power PSU, 600W 120mm fan + SeaSonic 6P PCI-E to 8P PCI-E adapter
- NorthQ 3580 Water Cooling Kit Socket 1366/775/478/754/939/940/AM2/AM2+/AM3
Total cost is:
6300 NOK (645 GBP, 725 EUR)
I found it kind of strange noone suggested the Core2Duo E8500 though. Guess my feeling was right all along!