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$1000 Non-Gaming Build (1090T vs. i5)

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May 14, 2010 11:24:12 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking as well as Excel macros, Access databases, and medical programs (Sorry, don't know which ones), NO gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just the tower - No OS, or peripherals

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere, Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: California, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Absolutely

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Definite no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, may upgrade to 2560x1600.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Greetings friends. I understand that the following statement may sound odd, but I am debating between a Phenom II X6 1090T and a Core i5 750. Allow me to explain. The user will not be doing any sort of GPU intensive task, but he will be working on a minimum of one 1080p LCD. This brings me to a questionn, will onboard (AMD 4290) handle this? I based my builds off the assumption that it could. Anyways, back to the CPUs. I can get a X6 build for nearly exactly the same as an i5 one, using all the same parts except, of course the MOBO and GPU. See what you think, I'll post the specs below. Also feel free to critique the rest of my components, as well. Please let me know your thoughts! I really appreciate all input!

Here's the parts they both share:
G.Skill Ripjaws 1333MHz CL7
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
SeaSonic S12II 520B
Lian-Li PC-K62
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Asus ODD

Now here's the X6 specific parts:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H

And now the i5 specific parts:
Intel Core i5 750
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3
Asus Radeon HD 5450

i5 Total = $833
X6 Total = $848

That should be it, let me know if you need more information. Once again, thanks for reading through my post!
May 14, 2010 12:06:53 PM

From what i've read the 1090T is meant to be one of the best cpus for applications. 6 cores would also be a huge plus for multi-tasking.

Though I'd imagine that an onboard gpu can not do full 1080p (correct me if i'm wrong).

Maybe look into a 1055 and get a 1080p supported graphics card?
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May 14, 2010 8:30:00 PM

Thank you for your answer! Can anyone confirm the onboard question?
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May 14, 2010 10:45:33 PM

Please anyone? Any advice, opinions, ideas?
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May 14, 2010 11:17:55 PM

On-board graphics through HDMI will handle 1080p for non-gaming activities. Couple of suggestions....

1) Get the Antec 300 Illusion... The Lian is a great case but overkill... IMO
2) I would look to get 8GB of RAM for heavy multi-tasking activities and for relief of the RAM being taken up for on-board video.
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May 15, 2010 12:10:10 AM

Hey tecmo! So, I'd need to hook it up with HDMI, or would it work through other ports like DVI? I saw that you have the 300, how does it's build quality compare to a Lian-Li if you have had an experience with one? I like the 8GB RAM suggestion as well, if you think that would help speed up the macros! Do you have any opinion regarding which CPU to get? Thank you!
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May 15, 2010 1:36:06 AM

You can do either HDMI or DVI for you monitor connection (both will work).

It is a quality built case but few can hold up the Lian's quality. You will be happy with the Antec 300, if you choice the case.

Higher RAM will be benefical in complicated Marcos, along with your 6-core CPU.
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May 15, 2010 12:53:40 PM

Take a look at these benchmarks... http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=109

The i5 750 wins in a lot of applications but they split in the two Excel benchmarks. I like the X6 for future performance as more & more apps take advantage of 6-cores. However, right now the i5 750 is actually the better CPU.
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May 15, 2010 1:06:04 PM

mr_fruitbowl said:
From what i've read the 1090T is meant to be one of the best cpus for applications. 6 cores would also be a huge plus for multi-tasking.

Though I'd imagine that an onboard gpu can not do full 1080p (correct me if i'm wrong).

Maybe look into a 1055 and get a 1080p supported graphics card?


1. Multi threaded Thuban is in i7 8XX/9XX country
2. 780G/HD3200 IGP back in 2008 could do (not game though) Full HD

Yep i just get the far cheaper 1055T , with a view to clock as the clocks i see on Extremesystems and even mates with this chip indicate it to be a very decent clocker despite a locked multi chip ^^ I would look at the new Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H which unlike previous Gigabyte 880Gs is on the latest SB850 instead of SB710 zzz...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any/every one considering a fresh build for DDR3 platforms and considering/planning to take full advantage of USB/SATA III should also be aware of this article by our very own forums as one is not buying just a processor but a whole platform solution
USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...
For AMD: 800 series with elegant native SATA 6GB/s (5-6 ports even on el cheapo boards) solution and USB 3.0 via NEC CHip is the best solution while for Intel safest is go X58 (2 X SATA 6GB/s though via Marvell chip) actually
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