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Is the Phenom II x6 1090t for me?

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February 6, 2011 7:19:03 AM

Hey I am no computer expert but I try to read and understand what I can. I was planning on building (rather someone else building) a new system this coming week. I planned on going with the 1090t BE, but after reading some reviews.. I found it a little lack luster.

I will use my computer mostly for gaming and other basic computer use, microsoft office apps, music, web.

After finding out that the 1090t doesn't excel in the gaming department has me a little hesitant in ordering it. I'd wait for Bulldozer but I kind of want this now and I probably wouldn't have the budget anyway - and if Bulldozer turns out to be extremely awesome, I'll probably get one after the prices go down. And also, from the reviews I read - the turbo core technology Thuban uses didn't look all that great.

So with that all being said, would I be better off going with something like the x4 965 BE until I can afford Bulldozer? Or would it be worth an extra 50 bucks for 2 more cores?



I think I kind of answered my question on my own, but I would like some feedback.

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February 6, 2011 1:00:11 PM
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With gaming and office programs as the main use the 965BE is going to serve just as well or better because of the higher clock speed.
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February 6, 2011 1:07:01 PM

Scrap the AMD build and pick up a cheap 2nd hand X58, i7 920/950 setup.

Otherwise I'd say get the 1090T, runs cool and OC's well.
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February 6, 2011 2:01:39 PM

IMO if you plan to use your PC for games mainly, you should get an i5 760 or i5 2500k. (having in mind an i7 build would cost too much $) Here is a benchmark of i5 760 vs 1090t http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=146 , the 2500k totally owns them both :) 
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February 6, 2011 2:05:11 PM

oc_mania said:
IMO if you plan to use your PC for games mainly, you should get an i5 760 or i5 2500k. (having in mind an i7 build would cost too much $) Here is a benchmark of i5 760 vs 1090t http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=146 , the 2500k totally owns them both :) 

I would have recommended the I5 2500K as well but can not until the fixed motherboards come on the market in supposedly April!
February 6, 2011 4:21:09 PM

Ehh - I'd rather stick with amd and hope bulldozer turns out to be amazing. Intel is too expensive for me.
February 6, 2011 4:34:04 PM

i5 2500k + mobo would be around $400

965 BE + mobo is about $300

I'm not a person who needs new and fast - and I would have much more opportunity to upgrade with amd seeing I won't have to buy a new mobo every time >.>

Thanks for the advice though.
February 6, 2011 4:35:04 PM

Well, the 1100T is available now for $229 and Turbos up to 3.7GHz. It's just unfortunate that AM3+ isn't out yet. I think they should drop it before Zambezi for people who want to pull the trigger and can get the Zambezi later.

February 6, 2011 4:35:16 PM

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February 6, 2011 4:35:54 PM

I agree with others above. In gaming, Intel will be better. 1090T and 965BE are only as good as I7 920 at stock clock, and 920 can overclock well, but it is on a soon-to-be dead platform (although so is the 1090T and 965BE). 1090T and 965BE should be able to transfer over to am3+ (BD socket) in the future though. What specs are you currently using for your gaming computer?
Regardless, if gaming is really the only stressor for the PC, then quad core is about max benefit at this time, and even then not supported by a decent amount of games. Hell, triple core is probably the best fit for your scenario, and should be decent for at least a couple more years.
February 6, 2011 4:41:04 PM

Here are my specs



CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Mobo: MSI 890FXA-GD65
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
Disc Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Well.. I thought Bulldozer was going to be on am3 socket and I was going to pick one up after prices went down.... fml - what to do now?
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February 6, 2011 5:12:00 PM

zakel2 said:
Ehh - I'd rather stick with amd and hope bulldozer turns out to be amazing. Intel is too expensive for me.


Thats why I said get a 2nd hand setup, still be under warranty, its a no brainer.

I just picked up an X58 i7 920 setup for less than a new AMD setup.
February 6, 2011 5:22:09 PM

965BE is good enough. Video card is new. I have a hard to believing you're hurting in any games right now. Got money burning a hole in your pocket? How about buying a new set of tires for your car?
February 6, 2011 5:32:09 PM

joefriday said:
965BE is good enough. Video card is new. I have a hard to believing you're hurting in any games right now. Got money burning a hole in your pocket? How about buying a new set of tires for your car?



Lawl no - I should've said that's what my specs will be - going to get it all this week if I decide I'm too impatient to wait for am3+

And I'm starting to think that the am3 setup will be more than enough for me right now and I'll just upgrade whenever I feel the need to.
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