Intel i5 760 vs AMD x6 1090t vs AMD x4 965 for gaming

Hi all

Looking into making a new build primarily for high end gaming. I would like to be able to CrossFireX at 16x dual, but at a later stage. My budget is a maximum of $1000 AUD.
As the title suggests, I've hit a wall in deciding which CPU would best suit my build requirements.
As I have been doing some heavy research, I noticed that most Intel 1156 motherboards like the P55 don't actually support 16x dual but 8x dual instead, which pushed me more towards the AMD route as there are more motherboards that allow 16x dual. What is the actual difference in performance between two graphics cards running through 16 lanes each and two running at 8 lanes each?

Anyway to the build:
For either the AMD phenom II x6 1090t or phenom II x4 965, I will use a ASUS M4A89TD-Pro-USB3 890GX DDR3 Motherboard

For the Intel i5 760 I haven't been able to find a sufficient Motherboard but the ASUS P7P55D-E-PRO P55 is the best I can find.

As for the other parts in the build:

Case: Antec 300
PSU: Unsure about brand but most probably a 700w
Ram: 1600 Patriot signature 4gb
HDD: Seagate 1t
Disc drive: not needed
Graphics card: HIS radeon 6850

Overclocking would be the next step for me but as being a prominent mac user I have no experience in it. Will the case require more fans if I wish to overclock?
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  1. I would personally reccomend the i5 760 - it ourperforms the other two clock for clock, and the x6 is overkill anyway (most games don't use more than three cores).

    As far as the x8/x8 vs. x16/x16 thing, you'll notice next to no difference (less than a frame, if any) on your card. You MIGHT notice a slight drp (one or two frames) on really high end cards, like the GTX 580.

    As to a motherboard, if you're in australia, may I reccomend this:

    eVGA P55(132-LF-E655-KR)ATX P55 1156 DDR3 SLI GLAN 1394a ATX $120
    http://umart.com.au/

    Apologies for the lack of a direct link, but the site won't allow it.


    It has everything you need, and at a very low price. A friend of mine just bought one of these and he is very happy with it.
  2. Azhrei said:
    I would personally reccomend the i5 760 - it ourperforms the other two clock for clock, and the x6 is overkill anyway (most games don't use more than three cores).

    As far as the x8/x8 vs. x16/x16 thing, you'll notice next to no difference (less than a frame, if any) on your card. You MIGHT notice a slight drp (one or two frames) on really high end cards, like the GTX 580.

    As to a motherboard, if you're in australia, may I reccomend this:

    eVGA P55(132-LF-E655-KR)ATX P55 1156 DDR3 SLI GLAN 1394a ATX $120
    http://umart.com.au/

    Apologies for the lack of a direct link, but the site won't allow it.


    It has everything you need, and at a very low price. A friend of mine just bought one of these and he is very happy with it.


    This. 6 cores for gaming is absurd.
  3. If you can get a better video card (like the HD 6870) with the Phenom II X4 go for that. Good CF mobos

    ASRock 870 EXTREME3
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28010690-ASRock_870_Extreme3_Motherboard_-_ATX_-_AMD_Socket_AM3_Processor_-_AMD_880G_amp_
    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H,
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28010622-Gigabyte_GA-890GPA-UD3H_Socket_AM3_Dual_DDR3-1866_AMD_890GX+SB850_HT_3_0_Onboard
    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28010635-ASUS_M4A89GTD_PRO_USB3_Socket_AM3_Dual_DDR3-2000_AMD_890GX+SB850_HT_3_0_Onboard_

    Also the AMD black edition CPUs like the Phenom II x4 965 are much easyer to overclock.

    RAM
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140443-G_Skill_4GB_%282x_2GB%29_Dual_Channel_Kit_PC3_10666_%281333MHz%29_DDR3_240_pin_DIMM_Unbu

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140442-G_Skill_4GB_%282x_2GB%29_Dual_Channel_Kit_PC3_10666_%281333MHz%29_DDR3_240_pin_DIMM_Unbu

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040155-Samsung_SpinPoint_F3_Desktop_Class_Hard_drive_1_TB_internal_3_5%22_SATA_300_7

    For overclocking it's best to have an aftermarket cooler:
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020515-Cooler_Master_Hyper_212_Plus_Fan_Cooler_120mm_Compatible_with_Intel_amp_AMD_%28RR-

    LE:

    PSU - good for two HD 6850:
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040232-Corsair_TX_650_650W_ATX_Power_Supply_120mm_Fan_Dual_PCI_E_Graphics_Card_Connecto

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040442-Antec_650W_TruePower_ATX_Power_Supply_120mm_Fan_Dual_PCI_E_Graphics_Card_Connect

    For two HD 6870:

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040443-Antec_750W_TruePower_ATX_Power_Supply_120mm_Fan_Dual_PCI_E_Graphics_Card_Connect

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040233-Corsair_TX_750_750W_ATX_Power_Supply_140mm_Fan_Dual_PCI_E_Graphics_Card_Connecto
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