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October 20, 2010 5:39:50 AM

I was wondering is the 1055T or the 1090T BE better or worse then the i7 range?

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October 20, 2010 5:55:39 AM

crazyman01 said:
I was wondering is the 1055T or the 1090T BE better or worse then the i7 range?


Well, that depends. Usage would be my number one question. The 6 core CPU's are quite good at multitasking but the i7's are faster at many tasks, including gaming. The AMD X6 CPU's are good for photo/video editing and other highly threaded tasks.

Then there's the question of value, you can have a hexacore cpu for $200. What i7 CPU are you looking at? Some are a good value for performance, while some may be overpriced.

Also what platform are you currently running? Is this for a new build? Because then you have to take into consideration the cost of the other components..
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October 20, 2010 6:00:42 AM

im looking at the 1090T but if the i7 870 or the i7 950 are better i would pay the extra money, im mainly gonna be doing schooling and hardcore gaming
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October 20, 2010 7:51:26 AM

i7 1366 procs, i7 950 for example, have 4 real cores and 4 virtual cores in total 8.
i7 1366 procs are definitely faster and better than the X6 if you can afford them.
X6 1055T is less powerfull than i7 1366 but it is cheaper and has way better price/performance value.
1090T is in my opinion overpriced, you can get a 1090T by slightly OCing the 1055T.
i7 1366 870 or better the 950 is worth the money of you can effort them.
For me, those are a bit too expensive.


As for games, I prefer to get a X4 965 or i5 750 instead of X6 or i7 (price reason).
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October 20, 2010 8:00:51 AM

For the Money id go with the x6 i7 is probably a ripoff nowing Intel
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October 20, 2010 8:01:50 AM

i would be overclocking on air, but i would like to have it somewhat futureproofed so i will probably get the 1055T and overclock it as much as possible
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October 20, 2010 8:27:35 AM

If it is for a choice between the i7 950 and the X6 1055T, i'll recommend going for the i7.. Its a good amount faster and the X58 platform has loads of advantages/features to be insured for a long run.. For a gaming heavy rig however, i agree with GUANYU's assessment.. It should either be the X4 965 or the i5 760..
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October 20, 2010 9:14:54 AM

Yup! i7 1366, as I mentioned before, is definitely better than X6 and X4.
No doubt about that.
But the slogan : "You get what you paid!"
is also valid.
If you wanna get the best system which will last longer without any upgrades and if you can afford it, getting a i7 950 is also a good option.

For budget built, X4 965 or i5 750 is your best solution.
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October 20, 2010 9:51:53 AM

Agreed for school and gaming the i7 will be better. The reason I would get an x6 is if I was into video/photo editing and multitasking, but you're not into that stuff so it doesn't matter. The question now becomes what GPU are you going to pair with it and what resolution will you be gaming at? Gaming is much more GPU dependent in most cases so sometimes getting a slightly worse processor and getting a better graphics card can yield a better experience.
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October 20, 2010 11:34:21 AM

Performance wise...even the i5 750 slaps the X6 in gaming...ive been an AMD fan for a long time and still support the ATi side of things but the i7 in either the 8 or 9 series would be gaming wise a better choice. And with the prices of tri channel memory id kinda lean to the i7 930, that being said if you have a 5850/5870/5890 little bugga you wouldnt really notice the diffrence between an i5 750 & i7 860/930. The x6 and 750 are priced kinda simmilar over here and id still take the 750.

Have two 750's and a 860 at home and if id buy again id have 3 750's...like anonymousdude said, gaming is GPU dependant...Excel and Word would work just fine with a Pentium 3.
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October 20, 2010 12:14:13 PM

That is also the reason for choosing X4 965 or i5 750 over X6.
X6 can handle multitasking better but for games, i5 750 and X4 965 perform better.
Beside, GPU plays the bigger role for most games.

As about not choosing the i7 950 or 860, it is only about my price/performance principal, why pay more for something you would probably don't even need.

Just choose X4 965 or i5 750 and add the price difference for a better GPU!


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October 21, 2010 3:29:42 AM

well i was gonna get th 5870, but i was informed about the 6000 series coming out soon so i will probably be getting one of those
so i was thinking the best cpu to fit that, but i was thinking about the 1055T because its only $209 where i am, but the 965 is only $169
p.s i do plan to overclock
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October 21, 2010 4:25:58 AM

crazyman01 said:
well i was gonna get th 5870, but i was informed about the 6000 series coming out soon so i will probably be getting one of those
so i was thinking the best cpu to fit that, but i was thinking about the 1055T because its only $209 where i am, but the 965 is only $169
p.s i do plan to overclock


Then get the 965, or 955. They'll OC about the same and are a better value for a gamer than the X6. Plus the unlocked multiplier will make overclocking easier for a novice, or anyone really.
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October 21, 2010 6:06:42 AM


CoolerMaster HAF X Case $239.00
Intel Core i5 760 $229.00
ASUS P7P55-LX Motherboard $125.00
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ $69.00
PowerColor Radeon HD5870 PCS+ 1GB $399.00
Corsair CMP4GX3M2A1600C8 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 $135.00
Samsung SH-B123A 12X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive $69.00
CoolerMaster GX 750W PSU $139.00

Sub-Total:$1404.00
I got the i7 760 build, i will be changing the gpu to the 6000 series and it is actually cheaper then the 1055t build so if i need to change anything please advise

thanks
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October 21, 2010 6:43:59 AM

Basically your built is good enough, I just wanna add several things :

1. The Case is a bit expensive, but if you like it why not. For references, try to consider CM HAF 922, 690II, and Antec 900 II.

2. I prefer to have one of the following PSU brands : Corsair, Seasonic, Enermax, Antec, Silverstone, PPC and Tagan.

3. I have always bad experiences with Powercolor brand, please consider also : MSI, XFX, Gigabyte, Shappire, HIS, and ASUS.



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October 21, 2010 6:48:54 AM

Yes, that is a pricey case but if it suits you thats cool.
If I was spending that much on a PSU, I would get a corsair or ANtec. I prefer Antec because of modular cables.

Have fun.
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October 21, 2010 7:00:17 AM

I had the case because of the great air flow, its large if i ever want to upgrade and if i ever want to liquid cool it will fit an inside mounted rad
i had the antec cp-1000W PSU but thought because i was getting a CM case get a CM PSU
As for the graphics card it was just there to see a rough price, even though the 6000 series will probably be more expensive
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October 21, 2010 7:08:27 AM

crazyman01 said:
I had the case because of the great air flow, its large if i ever want to upgrade and if i ever want to liquid cool it will fit an inside mounted rad
i had the antec cp-1000W PSU but thought because i was getting a CM case get a CM PSU
As for the graphics card it was just there to see a rough price, even though the 6000 series will probably be more expensive


Power supply tiers:
http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/667515-referenc...

A bit outdated but check Johnny guru for the latest.
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October 21, 2010 7:17:18 AM

Theres a OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular Power Supply for $109, not a 100% sure if all my parts, including fans would run on 700W?
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October 21, 2010 7:55:04 AM

okay, did the calculator roughly around 600W, so 750W will do fine if i want to upgrade later
okay, third attempt, Corsair TX-750 Power Supply $148
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October 21, 2010 8:03:33 AM

That one is good and 750W should be enough even for a second HD5870.
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October 21, 2010 9:19:40 AM

alright i finally have my build, well that is until the 6000 series come out, then i'll be back to get your opinions
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October 23, 2010 1:27:41 AM

I saw the benchmark for the 6850, and 6870 and i was thinking how much power will the 69xx series have and at what price? will it be advisable to upgrade or just wait for the 5870 to get a price cut?
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October 23, 2010 11:50:40 AM

Well...let wait and see how much the price cut for HD5870 will be and how much is the starting price for HD69xx.
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November 4, 2010 5:28:37 AM

okay so before i looked at the haf x, i was looking at the antec 1200 and i want a full tower case and i want to OC so is the haf x worth the extra $125?
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November 4, 2010 6:10:08 AM

crazyman01 said:
okay so before i looked at the haf x, i was looking at the antec 1200 and i want a full tower case and i want to OC so is the haf x worth the extra $125?


No its not.. 125$ price difference is a huge amount.. The only problem with the 1200 is that it may be a tight fit for long video cards out there.. Otherwise it is pretty much on par with the HAF-X and IMO, looks better also..
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November 4, 2010 6:15:31 AM

well im looking at getting the 6870 or the one of the 6900 series and i cant see them being longer then the 5970 and that was long! but if the 6900 series is longer i guess the haf x is the real winner

but i do like the look of both but like you said 125 is a large difference
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November 4, 2010 6:19:30 AM

my bad compete typing fail, its $25 difference *facepalm*
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