I'm building a new desktop with a budget for the tower around 700-800. I'm loyal to intel and nvidia since i've used them without a problem. unfortunately, at least intel, comes at a higher price and since i'm on a budget and don't know AMD i was wondering if someone could post an AMD/ATI build that is of similar performance to the one i have now. Most likely the GPU would be a 6850, 5830 or 5850 if there any priced low enough as i can get a gtx 460 for $180. Here's the components that i have so far that are important to this thread.
Yeah you can get the HAF or Antec 300 cases, but I think they look real boxy and plain, I'm very picky and it'd be like getting a car thats look junky on the outside, but is super comfortable on the inside, it just doesn't do the trick for me, but it's up to you
You'll need a PSU, a 650W will suffice, here's a nice affordable PSU from a great great brand
With AMD, the most equivalent processor is going to be the Phenom II X4 955, 965, or 970. If you're going to overclock, the 955 is the best value. The 965 is $10 more, but still cheaper than the i5. For motherboards, you can spend less than an equivalent P55 mobo and get the same features, or you can spend a little more and get features equivalent to an X58 mobo (16x/16x PCI-E lanes, etc.). If you don't plan to CrossFire, you can get an excellent board for under/around $100.
CPU - Phenom II X4 955 - $156 - appears to be out of stock at the moment, was in stock yesterday
Mobo (P55 equivalent) - ASRock 880G Extreme3 - $110 - Crossfire-capable, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s.
Mobo (X58 equivalent) - ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 - $165 - 16x/16x PCI-E lanes, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s.
Mobo (no Crossfire) - Gigabyte 870A-UD3 - $95 - USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, no Crossfire.
X58 equiv. mobo - $346 + GPU (+$10 if upgrading to X4 965)
P55 equiv. mobo - $401 + GPU (+$10 if upgrading to X4 965)
no Crossfire - $331 + GPU (+$10 if upgrading to X4 965)
If you plan to Crossfire eventually, go with a 6850. Currently the least expensive is $200, but there are some that are currently out of stock going for $190 or so. If you never plan to SLI/Crossfire, just get the 1 GB GTX 460. There's very minmal difference between the two cards right now, so the decision should really be made based on price/warranty.
thanks for the responses guys, i think for the gpu i'll stick with the gtx 460. ati doesn't give better performance for less money really, i've read many reviews and comparisons and the gtx 460 is always ahead the 5830 and exchanges places with the 6850 for fps.
but as far as the CPU goes mobo goes, i doubt i'll mess with CPU OC'in, the cpu usually isn't the chokepoint of a gaming system anyways, especially a quad core. so a cpu that will take to OC'in well isn't a priority at all. i may consider a SLI in the future as an alternative to buying a new single card. I'd like RAM that runs at 1600.
Based on this, CPU oc'in not important, SLI possibility, and 1600mhz, what would be the best mobo, memory and cpu combo for me.
p.s.- all the other components are picked, just looking at what the AMD alternative would be.
p.s.s.- can amd based mobo's sli? intel mobo's always have sli/crossfire ready in the description while amd based mobos only talk about crossfire.
Most AMD mobos do not SLI, which is why AMD/ATI usually go together in AMD builds.
AMD mobos with an nVidia northbridge mobos can SLI, but they're not frequently recommended around here. I'm not particularly familiar with them. You'd be looking at something like this ASUS board for $140 if you want to get an AMD board that will SLI. None of these boards appear to have USB 3.0 or SATA 6.0 Gb/s, if that's important to you.