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Advice on my Intel & AMD Builds

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August 18, 2010 7:37:23 AM

Howdy All,

I'm currently putting together a system purely for gaming. I couldn't decided on these two sets of hardware, I'm concerned about performance, overclockabilty and future upgradeability (I do intend to upgrade the CPU and a duplicate card for Crossfire down the road). Any advice would be appreciated :) 

Please note that I'm purchasing the parts from: www.msy.com.au because their prices are comparatively good in Australia and there just up the road from me so I don't have to pay shipping.

AMD Solution
Power Supply AeroCool Ultimate Gaming V12 1000w $245 au
Mother Board Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 $228 au
CPU AM3 x4 965 $205 au
RAM 4GB Kit 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws $125 au
Graphics Card Gigabyte 2GB 5970 $790 au
TOTAL $1593 au

Intel Solution
Power Supply AeroCool Ultimate Gaming V12 800w $205 au
Mother Board G-B X58A-UD5 $355 au
CPU Core i7-930 $349 au
RAM 6G Kit 1600 G.Skill NQ $179 au
Graphics Card Gigabyte 1GB 5870 $482 au
TOTAL $1570 au
August 18, 2010 1:00:47 PM

Hmmm....
If you are more for gaming, I would recommend the AMD solution, since it has better GPU.
The only thing I would like to change is the PSU, get better brands with the same power rating : Corsair, Antec, Enermax, Seasonic, Tagan, SIlverstone, or PPC.
Get an SSD (OCZ VErtex 2 or Crucial C300) if you still have the room in your budget.

Note : Have you look at the new socket 1155 from Intel (sh*t another new socket type)? Upgrade is more likely not possible.
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August 18, 2010 1:05:31 PM

I would go with the AMD build considering in gaming the GPU is the component that counts the most (CPUs don't mater that much in gaming). I agree with the reply over me: change that PSU (brand looks crap). Also AM3 will live on while Intel seems undecided about the future of it's sockets.
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August 18, 2010 10:19:47 PM

Awesome! I do appreciate it :D 

I will go for the AMD solution with a better PSU. I will also consider an SSD.
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August 18, 2010 10:21:27 PM

See how much you can save with a 955, it's like 96% of the performance and is like 10+% cheaper in the US.

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August 18, 2010 10:44:32 PM

Good point, its %10 difference in price here as well. I guess I will go with the 955 and just make up the difference in MHz via over clocking.
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August 18, 2010 11:28:01 PM

I you're gonna overclock don't forget a cheap yet effective HSF (CPU cooler) like the Hyper 212+ or Hyper TX3.
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