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AMD/Gigabyte vs. Intel/Asus combo - which is better bang for the buck?

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March 13, 2009 4:10:39 AM

Almost finished building my system. I see the following two CPU/mobo combos on Newegg:

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz/GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H - $308 (Link)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz/ASUS P5Q Pro - $375

Thoughts on which combo is better bang for the buck or just better overall? This will be paired in my system with a Sapphire HD 4870 512MB GPU.

March 13, 2009 4:40:02 AM

The mobo in the AMD combo is better, the Intel CPU is better. As far as gaming performance goes, those two processors will probably put out equal numbers. I personally would go for the AMD combo. Use the extra 70 to save up for a second 4870.
March 13, 2009 6:02:44 AM

+1 for AMD
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March 13, 2009 7:40:57 PM

Jpain said:


Combo with x3 720 Combo Price: $246.99
better bang for the buck ??

Not really, you get what you pay for. The 940 is just better, worth 60 more dollars IMO, the Gigabyte board is higher quality too. That is a good combo for someone on a tighter budget.
March 13, 2009 9:16:20 PM

940 Deneb is $20 cheaper as of today, too. Clear winner.