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Intel i7 vs amd phenom ii six-core

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June 16, 2011 10:34:41 PM

i can build 1 of these 2 computers since i have a $1000 budget. one computer is a cheaper amd with lots of upgrades, and the other one is an intel i7 with normal components and slightly over budget.

1) AMD

Processor: AMD Phenom(TM) II X6 1065T six-core processor [2.9GHz, 3MB L2 + 6MB L3 shared, up to 4000MHz]
RAM: 12GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs]
Graphics card: 3GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]

2) INTEL

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 quad-core processor with Turbo-Boost [up to 3.8GHz, 8MB cache]
Ram: 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB
Graphics card: 1GB DDR3 Radeon HD 6570 [DVI, HDMI. VGA adapter]

on the computer i will be running Maxon Cinema 4D, sony Vegas pro, photoshop cs5, Boujou 5.0, Adobe After effects cs5, and Minecraft. haha. but i am currently running an i5 intel quad core. the programs run fine but not great. im keeping my i5 but getting a 2nd computer to split up the workload between the 2 computers. these computers i will be buying from hp's website.

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June 17, 2011 12:18:30 AM

Wait for the full on Bulldozer if you can. In the 2 you posted I think i7 wins. With threaded apps like photo shop I think th e6 core phenom might catch up a bit. But if you can wait mine as well wait it out the 3 months and see what the new AMD cpu's have to offer.
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June 17, 2011 2:28:37 AM

The 2500K is almost as good as the 2600K. Are very slight gains worth the extra $100 for you? On $1000, I'd think not.
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June 17, 2011 2:32:58 AM

The i7 2600 is greatly more powerful then the Phenom II. The i5 2500k which matches the Phenom II's cost will also handily beat it in most things except heavily threaded applications, where the hyper threaded i7 2600 would absolutely crush both of them.

Why are using 6gbs of ram on the Intel setup? You should have a matching set of 2. Right now you can get a 8gb kit, 2x4gb, for under $100 and I'd strongly suggest that.
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June 17, 2011 5:20:03 AM

i agree with the 8gb 2x4gb but hp wont allow me do do that configuration. its not right:/
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June 17, 2011 7:11:51 AM

The first point, DO IT YOURSELF. Don't feed free money to OEM's when needing a desktop. The returns are too minuscule. Plus, 1000$ while building it yourself can fetch you far better components compared to what any of those OEM's can provide. For example, check this out -

Intel Core i7 2600k
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507...

Asus P8Z68-V
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313172...

Corsair 8GB DDR3
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023314...

Corsair TX 650W V2
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681713902...

Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682214859...

Coolermaster 690 II Advanced
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681111921...

Grand total USD 886.92 (before rebates). I have not included a video card and a optical media. Since you are not into gaming, you can use the HD 3000 video chip available in the 2600k. You can further lowet the overall cost by opting for a H67 based chipset in case you do not require any advantages offered by the Z68 board.
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