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WITHOUT OVERCLOCKING which is better? AMD X6 1090 or Intel i7 930?

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December 4, 2010 2:17:32 PM

I have been looking everywhere but most answered seem to be very biased and fanboyish. I would like to know which is better just straight stock? I won't be overclocking at anytime because if depletes the life of the CPU quicker and I'm not a money bank. So can someone please tell me which is the better choice?

I'll be using the computer to play games (High end games), maybe some photo and video editing, movies of course (All 1080p).

This is the rest of my set up:

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA1366/ Intel X58/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX
or
Asus Crosshair IV Formula Socket AM3/ AMD 890FX/ CrossFireX/ SATA3.0&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX
(Depending on the processor)

Sapphire Radeon HD5870 2GB DDR5
NEW 8GB 2 X 4GB DDR3 1333MHz PC3 10600 DESKTOP RAM
NEW Thermaltake RS101 Black Soprano Gamer Computer Case
DVDRL – LG GH24NS50 SATA 24X Internal Dual Layer DVDRW / Burner (I might go Bluray)
iMicro IM-1000B 1000W ATX Power Supply w/ 120mm Fan
CoolerMaster CPU VGA Liquid Water Cooler Cooling Kit
December 4, 2010 2:44:43 PM

My friend, intel core i7 is the clear winner but now u can get corei7 950 with the same price of amd phenom iix6 1090t so buy 950 instead of 930.u can get more performance with hyper threading technology which make intel clear winner but if u want to buy amd processor then please don't buy 890fx because it's for only overclockers and if u not doing overclocking then it gives the same performance as 890gx so it saves your some bucks. Choose wisely live well.
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December 4, 2010 4:32:57 PM

Intel Core i7-950 HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cooling - Swiftech H20-220/320 EDGE kit, all you need to do is add water blocks for all the heat producing parts and your good to go!

since we're at it get another PSU, - here

get this EVGA same price but kick ass

and if your stuck with either of the two mobo's in your list - get the GA-X58

BTW , where dya live? Just to make sure I've posted with the right sites.
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December 4, 2010 5:09:09 PM

For your needs, 950. The 1090T is a good deal now at $230, but it only performs on par with the 950 in some very highly threaded tasks.

Not sure about that PSU though, since you want to use the system for a long while, Id say invest in a better PSU.
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December 4, 2010 10:33:01 PM

But what about when programs or games or anything starts to use more than 4 cores?
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December 4, 2010 11:47:00 PM

The i7 wins by a mile you are not even comparing two processors in the same class. However if you are comparing value for money then the winner is the AMD processor. Why not compromise if money is tight and get an i5 760 instead which would be my recommendation for your requirements.
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December 5, 2010 12:25:45 AM

Wait for Intel Sandy Bridge!
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December 5, 2010 12:26:16 AM

Water cooling and saying you don't want to overclock because it shortens the lifespan of cpu do not belong in the same post.
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December 5, 2010 4:24:25 AM

ThatMan19 said:
But what about when programs or games or anything starts to use more than 4 cores?



A test on Tom's showed that you wouldn't need more than 3 cores to run todays apps and games...in the future, they'll need more cores ofcourse, thats IF developers choose to use more than 3~4 cores.

part 1 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...
part 2 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...

Here's a question : ask any pal of yours who does rendering on 3DSmax - who also happens to have an i7-920/950...it just decimates anything under it and the render times are :o 
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December 5, 2010 4:41:06 AM

Games will have to use 5 or 6 cores HARD before the 1090 outperforms the 9XX. If you "future proof" yourself with the 1090, you'll be running slower for the next 3-5 years, and that assumes games will eventually use that many cores.

Waste of time and money.
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December 5, 2010 1:15:18 PM

and overclocking components only reduces their lifespan if you push stupid amounts of voltage through them and don't dissipate the heat properly.

Most CPUs can get a good overclock without even changing stock voltage, and more often than not actually reducing stock voltage.

Clock-for-clock, the Intel chips beat AMD but you pay more for it. There's nothing wrong with the Phenom II X6, but you'll probably have 2 cores going to waste which leaves you with a quad core that's inferior to the Intel.

i7 950 all the way (or i5 760 and a good P55 motherboard if you want to save some cash)
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