Battle of a I7 930 Build Vs Phenom x 4 955 build, advice needed?

Hello everyone, I am going to build my new computer in the next couple of months and am debating between these two systems.

Uses Gaming with my current monitor @1440 x 900 ( although I might be getting a higher resolution one soon ), watching and recording T.V, Internet, university work etc...
Time of Purchase 2-3 months
Over-clocking? definitely
crossfire? not at the moment but would like the option to if I do get a higher resolution monitor.

Phenom x4 955 Build

Case Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black

Cost £68.14 inc. VAT

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD 890GX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

Cost £104.56 inc. VAT

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 125W C3

Cost £117.49 inc. VAT

Ram CZ Gold 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit

Cost £91.64 inc. VAT

PSU Antec TruePower New Series 650W Modular Power Supply

Cost £87.44 inc. VAT

GPU Asus ATI Radeon HD 5770 "CuCore" 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Cost £135.11 inc. VAT


I7 930 Build

Case Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black [...] ctId=25541

Cost £68.14 inc. VAT

Ram Patriot Viper Extreme Performance 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Triple Channel Kit


£152.74 inc. VAT

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

£164.49 inc. VAT

Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.80Ghz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366) Processor - Retail

Cost £211.49 inc. VAT

PSU Antec TruePower New Series 650W Modular Power Supply [...] ctId=40313

Cost £87.44 inc. VAT

Graphics card Asus ATI Radeon HD 5770 "CuCore" 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card [...] ctId=39489

Cost £135.11 inc. VAT

Total £860.11 inc delivary.

My questions about the two systems are:

1. Is the price difference going to be reflected in the performance in games?
2. Is the price difference going to mean that my system is going to be more future proof if i do add a second 5770
3. Will I only see a performance increase in games If I do get a higher resolution monitor?
4. Do you think that the price difference is worth it?
5. Are the PCI express lanes on the Intel motherboard x8/x8 or what? really cant find the details anywhere?
6. Are there any better parts that I can get for the build from ?

Thank you very much for all of your opinions and I look forward to hearing your suggestions.
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  1. Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
    AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955
    G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C8 1333MHz
    XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 "AVP Edition"
    Antec TruePower New Series 650W
    BenQ G2420HDBL 24" Widescreen LED Monitor


    You can use your old case for a while.
  2. Doesnt really answer my questions though mate ?
  3. If your not doing video editing / rendering / photoshop work, or auto CAD work where time is money the AMD 955 build is just fine.
  4. Best answer
    It's like this, if you have the money to spend on the top, get the i7 930.
    If you don't have as much but would still like a good system that wouldn't be too much different (besides hyperthreading) then go for the am3 955.

    I couldn't tell you the difference vs my 955 and i7 930 but I don't have any lags with my system.

    Most people will play at 1920x1080, so up to that you'll be fine. Any higher and really you should be looking into a 5870 category video card.

    Not really, again only if you're a die hard gamer and want top FPS.

    (The question on 5770) You should never crossfire off the bat, if you could afford 5770x2 then it would only make sense to get a 5850 instead. Then add a 2nd if you felt the need later on

    Normally one card runs on 16x speed (PCI-E 16x....), which is good. If you were to add a 2nd card and share the bandwidth then cards would run at 8x-8x speed respectively. And automatically you're thinking "I want a 16x/16x/... board." Ok go ahead but they cost more. Really the difference between 16x/16x and 8x/8x is only 4%. So 8x/8x is just fine, but don't get a board with 16x/4x speeds.

    (If you don't want to read all that above just read this)
    Really if you're only doing gaming and university work/internet then the AMD 955 will work very well for you at a more reasonable price. It's certainly no slouch and it can be overclocked very well (up to like 4.0 ghz on air). But if you can afford it go for a full i7 930 system with a 5870.
  5. /agree with fast.

    I am rocking a 955BE on Windows 7 with 8GB of Ram and a light overclock. Background compiling of music or video, while doing a backup, and playing WOW, and never seen a stutter.

    Intel is faster, but the price difference buys you a new monitor.
  6. i would change the build to what mosox suggests as it will gives you the most bang for your buck and definitly future proof as you can add a second 5850 for crossfire later on...

    i would honestly for what you are using for, the core i7 is not really worth to spend that extra money...b/c now you can use the money on better gpu and a monitor b/c the monitor you have right now sucks and it makes your gaming and movie experience that much better with a good graphics card and a nice monitor

    here is a little something about your ram...OCZ give great customer service but i have noticed their ram are not always good quality and that is from my first hand the gskill ram suggested is much better and that is the brand that i use now

    i notice you don't have HDD you not need one and what are u planning to use?

    I hope i helped you with your decision : )
  7. Best answer selected by adam_x_brookes.
  8. in anycase, unless you are set on that case i would get this one instead

    HAF 922
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