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Core2quad9550 vs i7 930

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July 15, 2010 5:41:29 AM

I'm making my first build, my goal is to make an affordable gaming PC. i don't have a lot of money about 1,300$ to spend on the computer I've chosen a few things so far.

sapphire toxic radeon HD 5850 1GB
1TB samsung spinpoint
G.SKILL ripjaws 4GB 1600
corsair 750w atx12v
antec 902

My main problem is deciding on a processor, so far i have 3, all quad cores.

intel core 2 quad core 9550
intel i7 930
AMD phenom II x4

I know that if i go i7 i will have to get a better mobo and i was looking at AMD because it seems to be ridiculously cheap although i'm not sure what quality loss i might experience with that. Any tips on what to choose? overall i can get the builds to about the same price with the exception of the i7 which is about 200$ more. and if i go AMD i can get a 5870(not sure if i need it 5850 already does crysis on full).

if you have an suggestions regarding my question or pointers to help a nooby out they are much apreciated =D

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July 15, 2010 5:53:13 AM

Forget the Q9550.. If this is going to be a pure gaming rig, I'll recommend you get the Phenom II X4 955 and a good motherboard like the Asus Crosshair IV Formula.. The saved bucks can be spent on getting a better video card.. There is too much decision making involved in the mig range segment with the launch of the GTX 460 so its better you go a step higher and attempt for a HD 5870 or the GTX 480.. Oh BTW, even a 5870 will struggle with crysis at max settings..
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July 15, 2010 6:48:05 AM

I agree with Emperus,if its a strictly gaming rig,then go with a Phenom II X4 CPU(955/965) HD 5850 is a good card and can handle crysis fine but what resolution do you play at ?
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July 15, 2010 6:52:54 AM

the monitor i will be using is 1920 x 1080

and a lot of people gave me the same response dipankar gave me. which is based off market popularity so i'am still sorta unsure.
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July 15, 2010 6:56:54 AM

Forget the Q9550 and the PIIx4 955. The PIIx4 955 and Q9550 actually performs the same, and the Q9550 beats it in FarCry2 playback:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=50

If your budget is $1300, then you should get an i7 860 1156 socket, or an i7 930 1366 socket, or a PIIx6 AM3 socket.
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July 15, 2010 7:08:20 AM

that sites really helpful that you for the link, does anyone know of any stability issues with the AMD PIIx6? just asking cause of the way most people i know are tilted toward intel.
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July 15, 2010 7:11:27 AM

Nope, AMD PIIx6 performs great. The entry model x6 rivals or beats the i7 920/930 and i7 860s in multi-core programs, and costs $70 less (of course, it still loses out in 4 core or less programs). The x6s are also great overclockers.
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July 15, 2010 8:00:02 AM

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July 15, 2010 9:31:13 AM

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Hey maziar who deleted my comments.I didnot say anything bad i just said intel is better than AMd in gaming.

Check your PMs, don't want to go off-topic here
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July 16, 2010 12:23:53 AM

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