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December 10, 2010 5:37:00 PM

I want to build a new system that will be used for both gaming and video encoding (handbrake/Ripbot). I'm looking at these two configs but trying to figure out if the Intel config is worth the extra $100.

ASUS P7P55D-E /w Intel Core i7-870 $430
ASUS M4A87TD /w AMD Phenom II X6 1090T $329

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December 10, 2010 6:40:42 PM

Wat other component will u use with them?

For video encoding X6 is definitely way to go as its almost on same performance level (video encoding performance) and is a lot cheaper then 870 price. For gaming both are more then enough.

Combo Deal:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(333$)

Better mobo in above combo deal.

Benchmarks:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
December 10, 2010 7:03:26 PM

# EVGA 01G-P3-1465-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
# CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


I generally buy the same brands especially Asus, as I've never had any issues with them in all the years I've been building machines. I also have a 750GB WD Caviar Black from my existing machine that I'll be using.
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December 10, 2010 7:26:17 PM

hmmm well u better off be with the X6 combo deal as that mobo is 890 chipset and option for adding another GPU later on.
December 13, 2010 4:22:03 PM

The two processors are very close but I think I'm going to go with the Core i7-870, it's a little more expensive but mostly beats out the AMD in gaming scores while staying almost equal in video rendering. The Intel chip also consumes less power.
December 13, 2010 4:48:33 PM

So u r gona spend 100$ more on a CPU/MOBO which is just about 5% better in few of the application/games and cant have SLI in future? Dont be offended but that would be pretty stupid.

Also if your arent in a hurry to buy the CPU/MOBO, i suggest strongly to wait for new CPU's releasing on 9th Jan, 2011. They will give u about 15% better performance then current line of i5/i7 as they r gona replace them. So see if u can wait, u will get a lot better performance for ur budget and also will ensure system for longer run.
December 15, 2010 12:45:51 AM

I found a store that has the AMD and i7-870 for the same price, so now if they're the same would you still go AMD?
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December 15, 2010 7:30:57 AM

if you want to go with intel
Pls Dont Go for the i7 8xxx series which is going to be replaced in few weeks
Go For The i7 9xxx
December 21, 2010 2:05:29 PM

I changed up my build a little. Had to change the motherboard since I read a few reviews that said if you use USB3 and SATA6 at the same time it drops the PCI-E slot to x8.

Probably going with the ASUS X58 board now.

Thanks for the tip on the 9XX series, the i7-950 at Microcenter is the same price as the i7-870 so I'll be getting the 950.

Also Newegg has Kingston HyperX 6GB PC1600 on sale for $69.99, should I go with that instead of spending more for 8GB?
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