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February 6, 2010 4:59:48 PM

AMD OR INTEL?! :( 

Hello, im Clinton. I'm building a 1000$ gaming PC, and i know pretty much what im going to buy already, i just cant decide if i should go with AMD or intel. I was either going with an i5 or an AMD. But I've never owned a computer with an AMD processor in my life. And i really know nothing about them.
I was wanting an i7 but i was told it wouldn't really do that much more for me than an i5.. (this is what people said) "unless you're doing rendering or something you wont need an i7" and yea, im never going to render anything.. just Gaming/Downloading/Internet browsing/maybe some photoshop.





If you can help me make a decision here, it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
This is the only thing really holding me back.




Thank you ahead of time.

- clint

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February 6, 2010 5:24:09 PM

AMD set ups tend to run a little less money than Intel.

That being said if you built an AMD PC you would probably be able to get a better graphics card than for the same money with an Intel build.

And guys, please, I'm just trying to give him more info that might become important to him once he starts pricing things out.

I own both AMD and Intel PCs and they both perform as expected for what I do.:D 
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February 6, 2010 5:30:10 PM

Alright, i was also wondering, whats the performance difference between an i5 and an AMD?

I really want to get the best quality and performance for my money. If the i5 is preferred, or if the i5 has more performance, (enough to really care about) and it costs a bit more, than id have no problem buying it. But at this point, i will go either way - AMD or intel.

AND.. which version of each would someone suggest to me?
remember (i will be gaming with my radeon 5770 graphics card, and i might later crossfire them)

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February 6, 2010 5:40:01 PM

Should i get a duelcore i5 or a quadcore?
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February 6, 2010 5:57:40 PM

LAG269 said:
Should i get a duelcore i5 or a quadcore?



PsychoSaysDie is showing you quad core CPUs. I agree with him. I use quad for gaming as I like FSX and it really likes extra cores!!!

But A lot of guys are perfectly happy with dualies. I prefer quads. IMO dual is okay but you were already pricing quads and they are nice.:) 


PsychoSaysDi

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I wasn't planning on flaming you arth. :) 


Thanks. But you know some one probably will.:D 
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February 6, 2010 5:59:59 PM

I7 is a better gaming processor, don't get that confused. The i5 is enough to run any gpu setup to its max. Amd phenom ii 955 will also do this with a little oc and less money.

Why buy i5? Longetivity/lower power usage/massive oc headroom. I5 will perform better on stronger setups in the future, and i7 even furher. We can tell this by low resolution and scaling benchmarks.
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February 6, 2010 6:01:15 PM

Thank you very much =)

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February 6, 2010 6:15:40 PM

I am buying everything from Newegg.

After i choose this processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750

I now need to find a motherboard that will work with it.

And for more info.. i will say what else i was planning on buying (so everyone knows what im looking for in a motherboard)



- XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case

- XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
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February 6, 2010 6:19:10 PM

I was also planning on getting 6GB of ram. Not sure what brand or speed.
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February 6, 2010 6:30:55 PM

Well im looking to spend really close to 1000$.

with the items I've chose, which are:

graphics card
processor
power supply
case
hard drive

my total is: $639.95



(by the way, forgot to mention)

I don't need the following:
Mouse/keyboard/speakers/sound card/monitor/disc drive.



Really just need to choose RAM and motherboard i think.
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February 6, 2010 6:33:22 PM

I'd rather spend a bit more on a mobo. maybe like 200$. I want a really good one.
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February 6, 2010 7:33:44 PM

LAG269 said:
I'd rather spend a bit more on a mobo. maybe like 200$. I want a really good one.


Heh, usually we hear the opposite.

"Wha?? $200 for a mobo OMGsh!"

That's about how much I paid back when ix38 was hot and it will probably last me another couple years (unless 5870 crossfire doesn't tickle my fancy enough before that).
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February 6, 2010 8:25:15 PM

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I always throw the budget one out there first. :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Can use Xfire Or SLI

Just to give the OP a bit of info on eVGA motherboards... although I can't speak for this particular model I will say that my eVGA 3xSLI Classified Hydro has been the single best motherboard that I have ever owned. To give you some perspective as to what this entails....

I have owned well over 200 different motherboards and still own more than 50 of them. I spend insane amounts of money on new hardware just to try it out (hobby). And with all of that experience the eVGA board mentioned has been the best.

:) 
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February 6, 2010 8:43:21 PM

What RAM would work with the EVGA mobo?
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February 6, 2010 8:47:59 PM

LAG269 said:
What RAM would work with the EVGA mobo?

You would want to purchase your RAM in pairs (Dual Channel not the triple channel kits).

I personally have a preference for Corsair Dominator/XMS3 series RAM. That having been said I have heard great things from simple OCZ Gold DDR3 memory (PC-12800 or 1600MHz).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- 8-8-8-24 timings for $99USD
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February 6, 2010 8:49:27 PM

yeah but which Mhz of ram would work? 1600 you said?
from looking at it, how could i be able to tell?
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February 6, 2010 8:53:04 PM

LAG269 said:
yeah but which Mhz of ram would work? 1600 you said?
from looking at it, how could i be able to tell?

1333 or 1600MHz RAM would work.

The 1600MHz RAM gives you a more assured stability should you decide to overclock your CPU and RAM. It's worth purchasing over 1333MHz memory just because of the headroom that is left over.
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February 6, 2010 11:46:08 PM

ElMoIsEviL said:
Just to give the OP a bit of info on eVGA motherboards... although I can't speak for this particular model I will say that my eVGA 3xSLI Classified Hydro has been the single best motherboard that I have ever owned. To give you some perspective as to what this entails....

I have owned well over 200 different motherboards and still own more than 50 of them. I spend insane amounts of money on new hardware just to try it out (hobby). And with all of that experience the eVGA board mentioned has been the best.

:) 

How much did your eVGA board cost?
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