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March 6, 2009 2:15:55 PM

I was recommended a quad core intel cpu for my new build, but decided to look at the phenom II just to see how it was priced. Tha AMD chip is cheaper, but the motherboard is a bit more, though it has slightly better features. The thing I like about the AMD motherboard is that is allows you to crossfire with both PCIE slots running at the full x16, while the Intel board does not.

Which setup will overclock the best and give me the best gaming performance?

Which would you go with?

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - $274.99

Total - $409.98

or

ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - $194.99

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - $219.00

Total - $413.99

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March 6, 2009 2:28:05 PM

What will you be doing with this system?

Based on what I do with my computer, I would go with the Intel build any day.
March 6, 2009 2:28:34 PM

AMD on that budget but you can get Asus M4 mobo's for $65 less and they are better(the am2+ one's not the am3 one's)

Also if you go intel get a I7 or I5 build otherwise you'll be stuck with your cpu and won't be able to upgrade.
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March 6, 2009 2:31:26 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
AMD on that budget but you can get Asus M4 mobo's for $65 less and they are better(the am2+ one's not the am3 one's)

Also if you go intel get a I7 or I5 build otherwise you'll be stuck with your cpu and won't be able to upgrade.



That is true, if you can afford it, go with a i7 build.
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March 6, 2009 2:32:31 PM

There's a combo at Newegg, so the AMD combination only costs $364, actually.
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit=ADD&ItemList=Combo.165049

Between Q9550 and Phenom II 940, Anandtech reviewers say this:
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3492&p=20

Quote:
If Intel can drop the price of the Core 2 Quad Q9550 to the same price as the Phenom II X4 940 then the recommendation goes back to Intel.


That is, the Q9550 is a little better but the Phenom II 940 is better bang for the buck. If you really need that extra speed and can pay for it, then by all means get the Q9550, or even consider an i7 920 build.
March 6, 2009 2:39:52 PM

chedderslam1 said:
I was recommended a quad core intel cpu for my new build, but decided to look at the phenom II just to see how it was priced. Tha AMD chip is cheaper, but the motherboard is a bit more, though it has slightly better features. The thing I like about the AMD motherboard is that is allows you to crossfire with both PCIE slots running at the full x16, while the Intel board does not.

Which setup will overclock the best and give me the best gaming performance?

Which would you go with?

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - $274.99

Total - $409.98

or

ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - $194.99

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - $219.00

Total - $413.99


Honestly?

If you're not in a hurry, wait 1 more month for the AM3 stuff to be launched.

If you are in a hurry:

i'd suggest a Q6600 quad rather than 9550 with a really good air cooler. I hear you can OC the snot out of the 6600.

CPU: Intel Q6600 197.99


As for a 2x PCI-E2.0x16 mobo, they always cost money. My Asus M2N32-SLi Deluxe Wireless cost me $200+ when I got it a couple years ago.

Good luck tho.
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March 6, 2009 2:54:08 PM

LOL, I found him a combo already, $55 off :) 
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