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October 18, 2009 10:36:54 AM

Hi all, this is the first system I'm building myself.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
I would like to start building around 21 November ( My birthday! =) ).

BUDGET RANGE:
Around 1100 Euro = 1650 CHF = 1650 $

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming ( It's the only thing that matters ).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
www.digitec.ch, or any other Swiss or Dutch website. (Digitec is in English so don't be scared to have a look).

PARTS PREFERENCES:
None really.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Switzerland and The Netherlands. (Expat living in Switzerland).

OVERCLOCKING:
I might try in the far future, I won't be a really serious overclocker though. I will start with stock cooling and won't overclock.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Yes in future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
As high as it can be as long its within 200,- euro's ( 300 swiss francs ). And the max size is about 23 inch. I found a monitor with 1080 x 1920.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I will probably add a 5850 ati when the price drops. So after about a year I suppose. And I want to be able to upgrade this system for about 3 years without major changes.
By the way, I live in Switzerland as you might have noticed. And I can purchase without tax so that's 7.6% less.
1 CHF = 0.65 euro = 1 $


Standard Components:
Corsair CMPSU-TX750, 750W, SLI/CF,ATX2.... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, 7200rpm, 16MB... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Acer V223HQBmd, 21.5" Wide TFT, schwarz,... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Kingston HyperX, 2x2GB, DDR3-1333, CL7-7... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
HIS HD 5850 1GB, PCI-E x16 2.0, DP, HDMI... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Samsung SuperWriteMaster 22x DVD±RW Writ... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, ... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Cherry Tastatur PS2, High Quality, US-La... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
NZXT LeXa S Midi-Tower - black http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...

Phenom x4 Build - 1 = Total 1648.50 CHF / $
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, 3.2G...http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Asus M4A79T Deluxe, AMD 790FX, AM3, CF X... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...

Intel i5 750 Build -2 Total = 1556.50 CHF / $
Intel Core i5 750 BOX, Quad Core, 2.67 G... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3, Intel P55, LGA1156,... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...

Intel i7 860 Build -3 Total = 1656.50
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3, Intel P55, LGA1156,... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...
Intel Core i7 860 BOX, Quad Core, 2.80 G... http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Details&...


So the question:
Which one would be best for my situation? Do you think I should change some of the standard components? Please Comment! =). Are there other better solution for gaming ( while still staying in price range ). Are there ways of lowering the total price?

Best regards, GreenPiggy.
Looking forward to your reactions! Thx and have a nice day!

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October 18, 2009 11:13:15 AM

go for the second build.
October 18, 2009 12:01:46 PM

The phenom is the only option to drop . Its not good value .

Buy whichever one of the other two you can afford
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October 18, 2009 12:15:11 PM

Hmm ok thx. But won't it have better gaming results than the i5 750? Or is it the worst gaming machine + highest price? Or just a
too high price for the quality but still a better gaming machine than i5 750?
October 18, 2009 1:38:54 PM

This compares the 750 and the 955 head to head at stock speeds. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=109&p2=88
The last four benchmarks are the games and the i5 does slightly better (a tie for noticeable performance) in 3 and a clear win in the 4th. The 860 does minimally (not noticeable) better than the 750 but not worth the price increase.

BUT The gigabyte UD3 mobo isn't a CF board. Here in the states we don't have the plain UD3, its UD3R or UD3L, so I went to the global website. The second PCIe slot only runs at x4. http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

This board is $27 CHF more, but will get the job done if you don't have any other PCIe cards to plug in. Its just a mATX, so two double slot GPUs will eat up the whole thing: http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Bilder&A...
or this ATX asrock extreme
http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Bilder&A...

You'd have to go to +$50 to get an ATX board from Asus or Gigabyte:
http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Bilder&A...
http://digitec.ch/ProdukteDetails2.aspx?Reiter=Bilder&A...

Just for apples to apples comparison, if you went with a 790XT mobo for the AMD build, that drops the AMD price by $50, making the 750 and 955 the virtually the same price. With that, there's no clear winner. Both perform similarly in games, both are easy to OC if you get there. For single threaded apps, like most current games, the turbo kicks in for the 750 making the speed advantage the 955 has minimal.

It comes down to preference between the first two options at stock speeds once you change the mobos. For the same price, I'd probably still pick the Intel, cuz once overclocked, it will have a dominate lead on the 955.
October 18, 2009 2:32:45 PM

Thank you very much.
At least I now know the 860 isn't an option =). Now there is only the old fashioned Intel vs Amd discussion. Hmmm oh well I still got some time.

Maybe just a simple question in case I might overclock:
Which one is easier to overclock the AMD X4 955 or the intel i5 750?

Thx again!
!