[New System Build] Gaming System ~$1500 intel/amd comparison


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and Photoshop(type of games include Lord of the Rings online, modern warfare 1+2, Red alert 3, and world in conflict) Photoshop, I'm not working with huge GB sized files, but do batch processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything utside hte case not required(mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Comparing AMD vs Intel builds for value/performance

i7 build
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-920

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB x2

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W

AMD build
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC312800)

-SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB x2

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W

Solid state disk


I got about $1500 budget for this. Initially was all set to go with the i7 build. I know i7 beats out the phenomII, but I started thinking the i7 might be overkill. I considered the AMD build to cut back costs on the CPU and put money elsewhere, in this case, the SSD drive. OS is going to be Win7 pro 64 bit.
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  1. Personally I'd go for the 920 especially if there was a possibility I'd XFire in the future.
  2. ^ If you wont be overclocking, I would suggest this config -
    CPU + Mobo
    X4 965 + ASUS 790X

    Reasons -
    1. The CPU is already clocked at 3.4GHz...
    2. That ASUS 790X board is a very good one and FX is more of a enthusiast board, required only if you will be overclocking high...And as for the X16x16 vs x8x8 config, you wont notice any significant performance difference between those 2 config and that too with the HD 5770...

    SSD- Get the OCZ Vertex...

    OSU - I dont think you would require 750W to power the HD 5770...but if you still want a 750W PSU, I would suggest this one...
    Corsair 750TX...Cheaper and equally good...

    RAM - The Corsair Dominators are mainly used for overclocking...Instead for nearly the same price, you can get RAM with tighter timings...
  3. Another option that you can consider is the Intel i5 750...Even they are very good and offer very good performance(Sometimes even better than the 965)...
  4. Thanks, the only reason I choose the FX board was for the x16x16 crossfire. If the x8x8 isn't a noticeable difference, I can go with the ASUS. I was looking at drives again and found a intel x25 80gb for only 20 bucks more. Everything I read says the x25 are the best. intel x25

    I guess the question comes down to is the performance boost from a SSD worth giving up the i7 build for?
  5. ^ Dont get that SSD...Intel has launched the Gen 2 of that SSD(Silver coloured), which support the TRIM command(Kinda autoclean up) in WIN 7...So I would suggest that...And you can find them at newegg for about $289 but for sub $250 with other e-retailers...use google shopping...

    And for that question - It depends on what you will do with that PC...
    For your usage -
    Gaming - There is no signifincant difference between an i7 and X4 955...
    Photoshop - It depends more on the clock speed rather than the number of cores...So the 955 should be able to hold its ground...
    And just found this very good combo(Would be even better if you dont plan to overclock as the stock speed is 3.4GHz) -
    X4 965 + ASUS 790X

    And for regular task, and OS boot time and apps loading time, the SSD would be a major improvement(Even better than the i7)...

    But if you see in a upgrade point of view, certainly the X58 chipset(i7) would be better option...
    So its upto you to decide...
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