Help with 2 options

Ok im trying to make a decision.

1 option.

Newegg combo 218 USD

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retai
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Or other option for less than 60 USD ??

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail 200 USD

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM or something cheaper, dont need a big HD


Option 2


# AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
# 190736BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Newegg combo 260 USD

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Or other option for less than 60 USD ??

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM or something cheaper, dont need a big HD

ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen 16:9 LCD HDMI Monitor Built in Speakers - Retail 160 USD


So basicaly the big dif, is the CPU/MOBO combo and the size of the monitor.

I really enjoy the idea of have a big LCD screen 23+

But what about the 200 mhz, plus 1 more core, really worth the 2 inch less in the size of the lcd? and what about that mobo in the combo of the 940 model. And the mobo in the 720 model combo is good?


Thanks guys.
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  1. Hmm ok if u dun need SLI/CF

    P2X3 720BE
    Gigabyte AM3 770-UD3P
    G skill ddr3 1333 2 x 2
    HD 4890 1GB
    BFG LS-550
    23.6 LCD
  2. I'd stick with the quad core because games are starting to use the extra cores.

    and yes the mobo in the 940 combo is a good one.
  3. Thanks for the imput, i forgot to say, the top price should be less than 830.

    Thanks
  4. Hmm actually if u tight on $$ Toms did a 'How many cores u need' analysis recently
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/multi-core-cpu,2280-11.html
    for games:


    Quote:
    As far as games go, we see a huge 60% performance jump from going single-core to dual-core, and a further 25% leap from dual- to triple-core. Quad cores offer no benefits in the sampling of games we tested. While more games might change the landscape a little, we think the triple-core Phenom II X3s are looking good as a low-cost gaming option.


    If u planning to do multi threaded applications on top of gaming then ya quads are the way to go ^^ Else best solution is X3 with more muscle in GPU department hehe As a system builber though i can tell you than peeps with extremely modest needs are having stunning processing power with an el cheapo P2X3 710 + 760/780G chipset for a number crunching rig these days!
  5. I would go with the second choice for two BIG reasons....first quad cores and going to be a need to have thing soon enough...and with the 21" your resolution will be 1680x1050!

    Wait its not that resolution....so imo if i where you i would buy any monitor in the 20-24" range that is either 1680x1050 or 1600x1200....you may think that having the full 1920x10xx resolution is cool and all but now when it costs an extra 100$ for each gpu upgrade(if you want max aa and af etc)...
  6. ciberfog said:
    Thanks for the imput, i forgot to say, the top price should be less than 830.

    Thanks


    Hmm so u do not require ODD/casing then?
  7. The second option is the best, because games are beginning to use quads, and based on the chart above there is *no* reason not to get a quad.
  8. batuchka said:
    Hmm so u do not require ODD/casing then?


    No i dont need them, just the options i listed there.

    Thanks
  9. the_one111 said:
    The second option is the best, because games are beginning to use quads, and based on the chart above there is *no* reason not to get a quad.


    Err based on the charts the blue bars (gaming) show that the gains from going tri to quad core is tied w.r.t single core :lol: So one great reason is to save on chip and pump into a more powerful GPU for a purely gaming rig if funds are tight?
  10. To get a big monitor for a low price, get this Samsung monitor http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&sku=A2479675
    Be sure to use coupon code PS41S3BF?8?XC3 at checkout for a grand total of $160 with free shipping.
  11. ciberfog said:
    No i dont need them, just the options i listed there.

    Thanks


    Hmm ok doable with a 940BE + 23.6 LCD ^^ $804.52 with ship less MIR
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