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AMD w/ x-fire or Intel i5-750 build?

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August 9, 2010 6:40:20 AM

I need help understanding how to balance computer components for a powerful gaming build on a budget.

I have a 5770 Vapor-X that I'm wanting to use in a new build.
Should I get an AMD system and a second 5770 or a single GPU Intel i5-750 system?
Or third choice I could get the i5 now and a second 5770 later once I have more money saved up.

For the i5-750
This mobo for $114 after rebate? ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 8x/8x crossfire
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=B...


Basically it comes down to i5 750 + mobo = $315
or second 5770 + other mobo + x4 955 = $380







Also, If I were to downsize the mobo/cpu and get the second 5770, what would a good PSU be?
Thanks for any advice! :) 
August 9, 2010 7:03:34 AM

promoth said:
I need help understanding how to balance computer components for a powerful gaming build on a budget.

I have a 5770 Vapor-X that I'm wanting to use in a new build.
Should I get an AMD system and a second 5770 or a single GPU Intel i5-750 system?
Or third choice I could get the i5 now and a second 5770 later once I have more money saved up.

For the i5-750
This mobo for $114 after rebate? ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 8x/8x crossfire
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=B...


Basically it comes down to i5 750 + mobo = $315
or second 5770 + other mobo + x4 955 = $380



http://i.imgur.com/jthxB.png

http://i.imgur.com/1IT13.png

Also, If I were to downsize the mobo/cpu and get the second 5770, what would a good PSU be?
Thanks for any advice! :) 


I would recommend going with the AMD build. It honestly won't be much of a downsize, a x4 955 and x2 5770's will easily outperform the i5 750 with only 1 5770, plus it will save you some money.


As far as a PSU the Corsair 650TX is a really nice PSU that will provide plenty of power for your plans of crossfiring.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good luck with your build.
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