AMD vs Intel Build Help First Time Build

I have the following two builds but I can't decide which one to go with! I do not need a DVD drive or hard drive. I have 1920x1080 monitor.

Intel Build:

i5-2400 with ASUS P8H67-M LX Mother Board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638743

Galaxy GTX 560 Ti(No SLI):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162074&cm_re=gtx_560_ti-_-14-162-074-_-Product

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=g_skill_ripjaw-_-20-231-277-_-Product

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K59:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112319

Total: $655 with promo codes and combo discounts before $60 MIR.

AMD Build:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 with GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 Motherboard.(I will get a CPU cooler to overclock it.):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644857

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850(Will get another to crossfire):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W75ATI/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1EQHB1EQ7494Q0JW6PPN&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=g_skill_ripjaw-_-20-231-277-_-Product

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=corsair_650-_-17-139-005-_-Product

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K59:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112319

Total: $574 with promo codes and combo discount before $15 MIR.
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  1. The first one.
  2. I'd stick with the Intel base, but swap the 560Ti with an AMD HD6950 1GB. You'll get better performance at 1920x1080 and above.

    For a case that plain, I'd take a look at other options like the Cooler Master HAF 912 and 922. They're pretty large, and in that price range.
  3. boiler1990 said:
    I'd stick with the Intel base, but swap the 560Ti with an AMD HD6950 1GB. You'll get better performance at 1920x1080 and above.

    For a case that plain, I'd take a look at other options like the Cooler Master HAF 912 and 922. They're pretty large, and in that price range.


    I was about to get the HAF 912 but 2 people said I should get this over it and the 6950 is out of my budget.
  4. The Lian Li is sold out. :(
    Now it's between the HAF 912 and the antec 300 illusion.
  5. I'd take the HAF 912. The 300 is a little small (I doubt a card as long as the 6950 would fit very well.

    The 6950 1GB is only $250, as is the 560Ti...
  6. boiler1990 said:
    I'd take the HAF 912. The 300 is a little small (I doubt a card as long as the 6950 would fit very well.

    The 6950 1GB is only $250, as is the 560Ti...

    The 560 Ti is $190 with rebate. The CHEAPEST 6950 1gb is $232 with rebate.
  7. You still have to pay essentially the same up front though, regardless of rebates.
  8. I wouldn't contemplate an AMD build until the new chips come out
  9. boiler1990 said:
    You still have to pay essentially the same up front though, regardless of rebates.


    The GTX 560 Ti is only $230 upfront while the 6950 is $260 upfront.
  10. I heard the GTX 560 Ti was a great graphics card, at least as good as, if not better than the 6950? Have I been misinformed? :)

    As for your build, good luck with whatever you choose - I hope it works out for you :)
  11. Quote:
    The GTX 560 Ti is only $230 upfront while the 6950 is $260 upfront.


    First off, Galaxy wouldn't be my brand of choice; there are a lot of poor reviews for their products across the board.

    Secondly, a 6950 can be had for a similar price:
    $242.99 - 20 MIR -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&cm_re=6950_1gb-_-14-102-921-_-Product
    $236.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125372&cm_re=6950_1gb-_-14-125-372-_-Product


    Quote:
    I heard the GTX 560 Ti was a great graphics card, at least as good as, if not better than the 6950? Have I been misinformed? :)


    The 6950 outperforms the 560Ti at 1920x1080 and up, which is the only range for which these two GPUs really matter. Anything lower and you should be considering a lower card.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-game-performance-radeon-hd-6670,2935-4.html
  12. boiler1990 said:
    Quote:
    The GTX 560 Ti is only $230 upfront while the 6950 is $260 upfront.


    First off, Galaxy wouldn't be my brand of choice; there are a lot of poor reviews for their products across the board.

    Secondly, a 6950 can be had for a similar price:
    $242.99 - 20 MIR -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&cm_re=6950_1gb-_-14-102-921-_-Product
    $236.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125372&cm_re=6950_1gb-_-14-125-372-_-Product


    Quote:
    I heard the GTX 560 Ti was a great graphics card, at least as good as, if not better than the 6950? Have I been misinformed? :)


    The 6950 outperforms the 560Ti at 1920x1080 and up, which is the only range for which these two GPUs really matter. Anything lower and you should be considering a lower card.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-game-performance-radeon-hd-6670,2935-4.html

    Ok I will go with the 6950 but now I will need your help to cut the price of some other parts like $40 instead of $50 ram.
  13. MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB3: $130 after rebate (and free shipping)

    (not to mention Bulldozer support)

    With the PhII 955BE it's only $5 more (after rebate) than your combo because of your shipping. It's a great motherboard, too.
  14. Nvm I thought about it and I am just going to go with the galaxy (unless you can recommend a better brand).

    Is this better?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&cm_re=560_ti-_-14-130-604-_-Product
  15. I've had 5 EVGA cards and not a single one had a problem, though every manufacturer still has its bad eggs. I will always recommend a mainstream EVGA GPU :D
  16. The first build is the best. I think that you should switch out the 560ti for 2 AMD 5850’s in crossfire if you can afford it. Or just buy one and another down the road, and put those in crossfire. Either way the build looks good.
  17. TheTech214 said:
    The first build is the best. I think that you should switch out the 560ti for 2 AMD 5850’s in crossfire if you can afford it. Or just buy one and another down the road, and put those in crossfire. Either way the build looks good.


    The motherboard I am getting doesn't support crossfire or sli but I plan on upgrading a couple of months.
  18. If you can find a motherboard with 2 PCI-E slots running at x16/x4, you can run Crossfire on it. Those are much cheaper than the x16/x8 and x16/x16 boards.
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