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June 2, 2011 4:58:31 PM

Hey guys,

I want to build a new system but cannot decide to go for AMD (again) or Intel. I have a budget of between £1000 and £1200 and have come up with the following two builds:

AMD/ATI:
CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 970 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.50GHz
Mobo:
Asus Crosshair IV Formula AMD 890FX (Socket AM3/AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard
RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-15000C9 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit
GFX:
XFX ATI Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
SSDs (x2):
Crucial RealSSD M4 64GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive
PSU:
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 High Performance 850W Modular Power Supply

Intel/Nvidia:
CPU:
Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Bloomfield)
Mobo:
Intel X58 Extreme BOXDX58SO(Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel Kit
GFX:
KFA2 GeForce GTX 560Ti EX OC Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
SSDs (x2):
Crucial RealSSD M4 64GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive
PSU:
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 High Performance 850W Modular Power Supply

The Intel PC is about £130 more but if it's better, I would happily spend the extra money. :) 

So which rig is better and why?

Thanks!
Vamp

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June 2, 2011 6:07:37 PM

Get Sandy Bridge i5-2500K, Asrock P67 Extreme4, 2x4 or 4x4GB Ram.
Its cheaper and more powerful.
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June 2, 2011 6:45:38 PM

I'll join my fellows and recommend the Sandybridge. The new architechture of the Intel CPU has killed even the old Bloomfield, not to mention the AMD. If you want to wait for the AMD Bulldozer you may, but it has yet to be seen if the Buldozer can topple the Sandybridge.
June 2, 2011 7:12:24 PM

Right now AMD is only for those on a tight budget and will sacrifice some power for a decent price. Intel is top dog for power in the market of CPU's.

I have to go with these guys, the 2500K is a total boss.
a b å Intel
June 2, 2011 7:21:57 PM

As others have stated right now the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2500K is about the best gaming processors on the market right now. If you are going to higher end work like video/audio or some other heavily multi-threaded application you are going to want to use the Intel Core i7-2600K. These processors are unlocked giving you the ability to reach even much higher speeds.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
June 2, 2011 7:22:45 PM

Hmmm... I was looking at the different motherboards and it appears that i5 doesn't use triple channel, is that true or is it just me? :p 
June 2, 2011 7:25:32 PM

nope just like most CPUs today, it doesnt use triple channel memory.
June 2, 2011 7:27:50 PM

That's good to know. No problem though, I can always get Corsair Dominator-GT Memory @ 2133Mhz I suppose
a b å Intel
June 2, 2011 8:01:28 PM

On the memory make sure that you are get the 1.5v or lower memory if use memory rated at 1.65 or higher you may damage the processor's memory controller.
June 2, 2011 8:37:00 PM

Corsair Vengeance 4GB PC3-16000 2000MHz it is then :(  Still, better than what I have now :) 
June 2, 2011 8:54:46 PM

Why not 2x4GB kit ? And you really don't need to go over 1600MHz on them.
June 2, 2011 9:03:46 PM

make sure you get a mobo that supports that 2000mhz ram.
June 2, 2011 9:15:42 PM

I think this RAM might be better actually: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-15000C9 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit
It says it's been tested at 1.5v and the timings are slightly better

And I thought I would go for this Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68
Seems decent enough, 2133Mhz (OC'd) but I'd only need 1866, supports SLi and CrossfireX

What do you think? :) 
a b å Intel
June 2, 2011 9:37:18 PM

You understand that overclocking of the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K isn’t based off from faster memory? On the Intel Core i5-2500K we have unlocked the multiplier on the processor allow you to overclock the processor without changing memory speed at all. Because of this change to overclocking of the Intel Core i5-2500K there is very little real value in memory over DDR3 1600.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
June 3, 2011 7:53:32 AM

I know but I like big numbers you see :p  plus I like to make my PCs last a good few years. The PC I'm on now has served me well for about 6 and to be honest, I could probably squeeze 2 more out of it but an upgrade would be better and is long overdue :D 

I went with:

Asus P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz possibly with a Coolermaster V8
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz 1.5v

With 2 crucial M4s in RAID 0, it should be reasonably quick and I was thinking of waiting until BF3 comes out before buying a new graphics card.
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