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October 19, 2010 2:10:14 AM

Hey guys,

I'm new to the whole forum thing but I thought it would be useful to seek help from the community about which of these two sets of components I should buy and build. I have done all the research I can and I still have no idea which one to pick. The type of build i want is one that is ideal for gaming at a resolution of at least 1920x1080.This is a budget build of $1,100 (AUD). NOTE - All of the other components missing ; i.e PSU,HDD; are ready for both computer systems.

Intel build -
Intel Core i5-760 = $226 / OR / Intel Core i7-870 = $329
Gigabyte GTX 460 768Mb (2) = $378
Asus P7P55D-E Pro = $204
4G Kit DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHZ = $149
Antec 902 = $135
Cooler Master Universal Hyper TX3 = $25
G.Skill-Turbulence RAM Cooler = $12

TOTAL with i5 = $1,089 (AUD)
TOTAL with i7 = $1,192 (AUD)



AMD build -

AM3 x6 1055T = $199
Asus ROG Crosshair-IV Formula = $330
Asus HD 5770 1Gb (2) = $352
4G Kit DDR3 G.Skill-Ripjaws 1600MHZ = $109
Coolermaster SGC2000 Storm Scout = $118
Coolermaster Universal Hyper TX3 = $25
G.Skill-Turbulence RAM cooler = $12

TOTAL = $1,145

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October 19, 2010 2:33:06 AM

of the two i would go for the intel build w/ i5

just three small notes.

if you plan to OC then the i5-750 will work just as well as the 760, even at stock it will work just as well

you may be able to find the Cooler Master 212+ for a similar price as the TX3, its a better cooler

you did not post a PSU, get a good 650w unit from antec, corsair, seasonic.
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October 19, 2010 4:44:11 AM

I5 :)  but if your planning to upgrade. just wait for abit till q1 next year when the new intel line comes out, you might get a better prcesser for less. helps itbecome just that much better an investment :D 
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October 19, 2010 5:03:01 AM

oh also you're gonna need a psu that can support all that hardware :D  a 500 w psu isnt going to cut it
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October 19, 2010 2:35:00 PM

Just a couple of notes:

Swapping between the i5 and the i7 is not as simple as just the CPU.

- I5 requires a socket 1156 motherboard and utilizes dual channel memory which you have.
- I7 requires a socket 1136 motherboard and utilizes tripple channel memory, neither of which you have shown.

So it would actually require a lot more money than just the $103 difference you have shown between the two.

Depending on how much you were looking to spend (if you are already pushing your budget at ~$1000) I would stick with the I5. I have a similar I5 build with even just a single Radeon 5770 and it performs nearly every game on Ultra settings.
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October 20, 2010 1:53:58 AM

I would go with the ASUS P6X58D-E for $229.00 and the i7 920 for $310. This comes to $540. It's only $10 more but you get the advantage of 4 cores and 4 threads for the same money. You will need to get different memory but that's so you can take advantage of the triple channel memory instead of the poor old duel stuff. This way you can get 6GB's of memory for about $160.00 instead of 4 GB. You will also be able to upgrade in the future to 12 GB's if you buy the supported memory. The mobo has the sata and usb 3.0 that you were looking at so you won't loose anything there. You can use the video cards you got picked out. I think you'll like the extra kick. Of course some people will say you will never use all that but sooner or later with all the new games and stuff coning out you won't have to worry about your hardware. Why go with the lesser capable when you can get better for so close to the same price? And yes to the other posters - you will need at lease a 650watt PSU.
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