APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next few months. Would like a build idea now so I can watch for parts on sale.
BUDGET RANGE: $1200.00 USD max before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Server file compiling, 1080 movies, general use.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything required.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : Higher Quality parts. I would like to avoid lesser brands. I also like the Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case but will consider others.
Mobo: Either ASUS M4A89GTD 890GX w/ USB 3 (~$149) OR Gigabyte 890FX-UD5 (~189.99)
CPU: Phenom II X4 955, 965 ($160-$180), OR Athlon II 620-640 (~$100)
PSU: Corsair 650 TX/HX to Corsair 850TX/HX ($100-$160) OR Seasonic Gold Series (~180) OR Antec Earthwatts/TruPower series ($50-$160)
Case: Antec 300 Illusion is good
CPU HSF: H50 ($79.99) OR Xigmatek Dark Knight ($45) OR Thermaltake Frio ($60) OR Cogage TRUE Spirit ($30) OR CM Hyper 212+ ($50)
GPU: For AMD system, single ATI 5770 (~$160 Sapphire, XFX, or Powercolor) OR Geforce 9800 GTX+ ($129.99 EVGA, Zotac, old BFG cards) OR GTX 460 (~$200 EVGA, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte) OR ATI 5770/5750 CrossfireX (~$330) OR ATI 5850 (~$300 reference)
HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM /5400 RPM (~89.99-$119.99 Samsung, Seagate, WD has SATA 6.0) OR 2X 1 TB in RAID 0/1 (~$180-$200) OR 2 TB HDD (~$140-$200)
ODD: Lots of OEMs to choose from, but look into the ASUS DRW-B1ST
I cannot decide if I want to go with the 955 or the i5 750 build. Both are within a few dollars of one another. Since I compile server files regularly and the i5 preforms better in this area but at the cost of a lesser GPU in the same price range.
Which do you feel would better suit my needs? 50/50 gaming/compiling.
i5 750 & GTX 460 1GB with a 650W PSU.
955 be & ATI HD 5850 1GB with a 750W PSU.
Remember I do plan to OC and SLI/Crossfire down the road.
Hmm...if you are willing to lose some file compiling performance for an unlocked processor and better graphics, then I would go for the AMD system. But the difference could be rounded out with a speedy HDD/s. The AMD system would be my choice, with the advent of new standards such as USB 3 and SATA 6 coming, the increased bandwith would probably increase your performance. A beefier PSU also provides more headroom for overclocking.