Computer Build looking for advice

Hey all,

I'm a first time builder and was about to order everything until i noticed AMD processors, best value for performance.

I was wondering a couple things:

1st option=

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA 6GB Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core I5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU 790MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Video Card
Case :
RAM: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR (X2)
HD: Seagate Momentus Xt 500GB Solid State Hybrid Sata Drive 2.5IN
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXStream 2 600W ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

2nd Option=

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 6 Core Processor 2.8GHZ Socket AM3 Retail Box
Video Card: SAME
Case : SAME
Power Supply : SAME

3rd option=

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E X58 Atx LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI Crossfire Sli USB3.0 Sata 6GB/S Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core I7 950 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 3.06GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTS 450 Fermi 1024MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card
Case: SAME
Power Supply: SAME

Basicly, Which is going to get me the more bang for my buck in these three, Ive been intel for a while and love it, have heard not great things from AMD, What is difference? 4 cores with hyperthreading vs 6 cores, how and what do I chose?! Any help is greatly appreciated :)

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  1. Out of those 3 i would go with the first option. What is your budget and where will you be ordering the parts from?
  2. budget 1000$ +/- 300 , Going to be picking and choosing from tigerdirect, newegg and DirectCanada. Why would you go with the first one :)
  3. Reason i would go with the first option is that i suspect this will be primarily for gaming. If that is so, you won't need anything more than the i5 760 as 6 cores will not get utilized by current games and most future games. Also, the i7 950 is overkill for the time being and in most games, the i5 760 keeps right up with it or even beats it...

    Mind if i make some suggestions in regards to some of the parts you have selected?
  4. By all means go for it :) I can get the 6cores for the same price as 4. Which is the only reason i brought it up.
  5. In the end though, for gaming, the 4-core i5 will outperform the 6-core Phenom.
  6. I fail to understand why :S I am also trying to make this computer be good enough for 5 years at least
  7. Also, Ram wise should I get two individual 4gig sticks like i have displayed, or should i get something else. Open to any suggestions :)
  8. It's just how the chips are designed, Intel variants are and have been better than AMD's offerings since Core 2 Duo arrived. They are also a little more expensive, etc... Price/performance-wise, AMD is king, but straight performance, Intel wins...

    Please read the benchmarks from the link below...
  9. As for RAM, again, it this is just for gaming, 4GB is fine, you don't want to waste money on more than that.
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