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Upgrade Time - Hexacore or Quad Core?

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August 1, 2010 1:35:44 PM

Hi guys! Its approaching upgrade time for me and while my current rig has stood the test of time for what I need, seeing the latest technology dropping in price has me thinking of making sweeping changes. My current specs are:

Core 2 Quad 8200 @2.8GHz
Gigabyte EP45T-UD3LR
8GB Kingston DDR3
Radeon HD4650
2 TB storage

I typically do a lot of Photoshop work with some 3D (Daz, Poser, Sketchup, Bryce etc.) mixed in as well. Currently my system handles these apps well but I'd prefer a system that would scoff at these apps. I started looking into hexacore processors and whether they would fit the bill and since AMD's is the only one within budget range, the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T & 1090T looked like the clear winners. But then I saw some reports of those procs getting handled in most app's by Intels i7 -920 & 930. So now my question is, based upon my needs should I even bother with hexacore for now or just stick with Quad? If I did go either route, heres what I had planned:

Intel:
Core i7-930
ASUS Rampage III Gene
additional 4GB DDR3
additional Radeon HD4650 in Crossfire

AMD:
Phenom II X6
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO
no memory upgrade since theres only 4 slots
additional Radeon HD4650 in Crossfire

a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2010 4:12:37 PM

go for the hexacore 1090T, and dont buy another 4650, you can buy another single graphics card that will be so much better and you wont have all the issues and hassles that come with putting graphics cards in crossfire, and are you going 2 OC your PC?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2010 4:14:12 PM

and i think 12 gigs of ram is overkill if you go with the intel build
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August 1, 2010 5:16:55 PM

gordon_81 said:
go for the hexacore 1090T, and dont buy another 4650, you can buy another single graphics card that will be so much better and you wont have all the issues and hassles that come with putting graphics cards in crossfire, and are you going 2 OC your PC?


I havent totally made up my mind about OC'ing but if theres a chance to push it that doesnt require massive or loud cooling options, I'd love to look into it. I have used AMD since the Athlon so I'd have to really look into it first. If I do go with the Intel option (which based on price makes the least sense) I'd still need as much ram as possible, I typically work with 300MB-1GB files and some renders just take too long with 8GB. And are there really that many issues with crossfire? Would it make more sense to go with SLI, or not at all? Thanks again for such a fast response!
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2010 6:33:42 PM

no problem, why not just go for a single new card like an hd 5770?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2010 6:45:41 PM

theres a combo deal on newegg with the 1090T and the R5770 hawk, which is probably the best 5770 on the market
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August 4, 2010 4:47:32 AM

gordon_81 said:
theres a combo deal on newegg with the 1090T and the R5770 hawk, which is probably the best 5770 on the market


hmmmm...that card's just a bit pricey considering I dont play PC games, and for a few bucks less I could pick up the SAPPHIRE 100294-2GL Radeon HD 5550, which curiously has no reviews but 2GB of ram & some fairly decent entry level workstation card specs
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 7, 2010 4:13:17 PM

well why not get a Leadtek® NVIDIA® Quadro NVS290 PCIe x16 Workstation GPU, 256MB 64-Bit DDR, Dual 400MHz RAMDAC / Dual DVI Connections or a Leadtek® NVIDIA® Quadro FX380 PCIe X16 Workstation GPU, 512MB 64-Bit DDR2, Dual 400MHz RAMDAC / NVIDIA nView Desktop Management

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 7, 2010 4:15:04 PM

or the Leadtek® NVIDIA® Quadro NVS295 PCIe x16 Workstation GPU, 256MB 128-Bit DDR, Dual 400MHz RAMDAC / Dual DisplayPort Connections
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