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Which system? 930 or 1090 amd? 50-70 dollar difference

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May 3, 2010 4:08:12 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week or two

BUDGET RANGE: Under 2k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, student use, video DL/editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (using 32" vizio)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: the egg

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes ... capable

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time iv built a system... should be interesting, intend to overclock as well :) 




FIRST BUILD

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SECOND BUILD

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Build two will cost about 50-75 dollars more than build one....
Total cost for build one is about 1650
Total cost for build two is about 1700

All non-posted items are exactly the same for both systems, except for memory which is duel vs triple channel gskill...
Which one should i go with? gaming performance and longevity are primary concearns. :D  thanks a ton!
May 3, 2010 6:34:57 AM

^ If gaming will be your primary concern, very well go with the i7 930...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-phenom-ii-x6-10...

And why you need the Premium ? Did you check out these boards?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Ask yourself whether you will really use the so called Premium features of that board...IMO any if the above would suffice...even these will run the next-gen 32nm without any issues...
So without any major sacrifice in features, you will save about $90...And also for gaming, the 930 will perform better...

And as for longevity, I would say both the platforms have similar lifespan...
In 2011, both AMD and Intel will move to a diffferent socket...
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May 3, 2010 1:57:12 PM

"As far as platform life, I think AM3 and s1366 will disappear next year."

Agreed!
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May 4, 2010 1:35:49 AM

based on a multitude of reading benchmarks on both standard and overclocked 930's and 1090t/965s I have decided to go with the 930 (as I can get one from micro center in Denver)

Here is the whole system

CPU: $200, Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
Denver Microcenter

MOBO: 210, ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 309, XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: 89, COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:170, CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: 80, Seagate Barracuda 7200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 190, G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

KEYBOARD: 83, Logitech G15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD player/burner: 25, ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WIRELESS: 20, AZiO AWU101N IEEE 802.11b/g
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER: 30, COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: 32" vizio 1080i
Windows 7 pro 64bit: Free (school)
Office 2007 Ultimate: Free (school)
Mouse: R.A.T 7 when it releases.

TOTAL: 1425 ish

I think this is about the best system performance / dollar I can get for a mid-high end system. Going a amd 965 route would save about 120 dollars total, but I prefer to go with the i7 for the little bit of stuff I do outside of gaming.

Please offer any advice on the system I have just posted, I will be pulling the trigger on it this weekend :D 
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May 4, 2010 2:29:02 AM

Looks like a very nice setup.
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May 4, 2010 3:55:01 AM

Nice build, but is that 32" Visio is a 720p? If it is it will only run at 1366x768. That res looks kinda weird on a screen that big. Just FYI, I have the same issue with my Dell 32" 720p.
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May 4, 2010 4:09:55 AM

the vizio is a 1080i, got it several years ago. Also have a 420p phillips 22" i can use if the vizio looks funky like you say ;) 
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May 4, 2010 4:25:17 AM

^ +1 It is a good setup...but why do you need an 850W PSU ? A quality 650W can actually power the PC with 2x HD 5850s...they are not that power hungry as the new Nvidia cards...So stick with a 750W PSU if you want some headroom...
Both are 80+ Silver certified...
SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For that price that Silverstone is a very good deal IMO...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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May 4, 2010 5:19:14 AM

good call gkay, I had that in there when the graphics card was 5870, and I wanted room for xfire ;) 
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May 4, 2010 5:30:13 AM

^ Hmm...even for a HD 5870, the above mentioned 750W PSUs would do...Like I said the ATI cards are very efficient in the power department...
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May 4, 2010 6:13:26 AM

This isn't a major concern but the g15 is absolutely pointless. I don't like the looks of it and there is no point in a screen. I don't know which mouse you're getting but the g9 is just as pointless. The sidewinder x6 and sidewinder are beutiful especially the chaos red lights will fit with the haf. I own and love them.
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May 5, 2010 2:16:03 AM

Ok i replaced with the

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and when i saw this keyboard... well i want it lol
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Gaming_Keyb...

also replaced asus MOBO since it went up in price with
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

finally, need a printer so...
Canon PIXMA MP560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Think this bad boy is about to be wrapped up :) 
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May 5, 2010 4:29:07 AM

^ That keyboard really looks good but not sure if its worth it though...
Good Luck with the build...
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May 5, 2010 5:30:22 AM

that keyboard is made to go with an alienware the software that operates it is the same as the software that operates alienware desktop lighting. I would'nt get it unless you have an alienware. Just my opinion.
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May 5, 2010 5:35:17 AM

1090t. at 1920x1200 the performances will be identical, but the 1090 will beat that CPU in other applications and draw less power, and for the AMD setup a 100-150 890GX is good enough.
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May 5, 2010 11:06:36 AM

ohh and that keyboard is pretty pricey and so is the mouse that fits with it because it can change cooler but I don't think you would need that since your haf doesn't change color.
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