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June 3, 2011 4:24:50 PM

Ok i got two builds to choose from, they're both at the same price. And i live in Finland so heres a little bit higher prices. Oh and i really want the cool case ;) 

Build number one: AMD build.

GRAPHIC CARD POWERCOLOR HD6850 1GB GDDR5 + SHOGUN2: TOTAL WAR (I like the game :love:  )

PROCESSOR AMD Phenom II x4 955 BLACK EDITION

RAM Kingston HYPERX Blu 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3

OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

MAXCUBE AMORIS 6010 ATX

POWER Chieftec PSU 500w 14cm ATX12V2.3

HARDDRIVE Samsung F3 1TB SATAII 32mb 7200rpm

MOTHERBOARD ASUS AM3 AMD870 DDR3 SATA6 USB3.0 ATX

CD-DRIVE Sony Opti 16x DVDROM BLACK SATA

= 650e



Build number two: Intel core i3 build.


GRAPHIC CARD POWERCOLOR HD6850 1GB GDDR5 + SHOGUN2: TOTAL WAR (I like the game :love:  )

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I3-2100 3.1G 3M LGA1155 BOX

RAM Kingston G.Skill NS Value - DDR3 1333 Mhz - 2 x 2GB

OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CASE MAXCUBE AMORIS 6010 ATX

POWER Chieftec PSU 500w 14cm ATX12V2.3

HARDDRIVE Samsung F3 1TB SATAII 32mb 7200rpm

MOTHERBOARD MB BOXDH67BL/uATX 1155 DDR3-1333 - B3

CD-DRIVE Sony Opti 16x DVDROM BLACK SATA


= 659e



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June 3, 2011 4:36:07 PM

definetely the second Intel build, except replace the PSU with something more reliable (branded) and with good reviews.
June 3, 2011 4:37:38 PM

What is the purpose of the rig?
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June 3, 2011 4:41:40 PM

Oh yea forgot to mention.
Mainly for gaming, like total war games and shooter like COD. And some video editing to.
June 4, 2011 8:10:17 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
definetely the second Intel build, except replace the PSU with something more reliable (branded) and with good reviews.



Some have actually given the Chietec a pretty decent review.
June 4, 2011 9:05:20 AM

build no. 2 but some modifications are required
1. if possible get a i5-750 or i5-2300 because your i3-2100 is a dual core where as my mentioned ones are quad core, and you graphics will be bottle-necked with the i3
2. i5-750 is 1st gen and require p55 or a h55 chipset mobo, and i5-2300 is 2nd gen requires p67 or a h67 chipset
3. ati 5850 performs better than 6850 and mostly costs less or at most the same...go for 5850 instead
4. and last modification required is the psu. if you dont plan for overclock, CF, or more than 2 HDD then the min psu sholud be 550 watt
remember the a good quality psu is very important and all the components should receive power appropriately or else you will face many different problems
June 4, 2011 2:23:39 PM

Well can't get the i5 becouse of my budget... And in Finland it costs about 170 euros, and i really don't want to break 700 euro line.
And at the store I'm buying at the 5850 is more expensive, becouse the 6850 is on a rabated price.
Well everyone seems to suggest a 500w PSU and not a 550w...
June 4, 2011 2:41:08 PM

spirituals said:
Well can't get the i5 becouse of my budget... And in Finland it costs about 170 euros, and i really don't want to break 700 euro line.
And at the store I'm buying at the 5850 is more expensive, becouse the 6850 is on a rabated price.
Well everyone seems to suggest a 500w PSU and not a 550w...


both setups would do fine for your uses and wouldnt cause any bottlenecking, from your uses (gaming) i would choose the AMD setup. i chose the intel option earlier, but if your want gaming performance then the AMD would fare you well, especially since you could crossfire in the future for even better gaming performance.
June 4, 2011 2:47:14 PM

If you want to upgrade your CPU in the future the i3 2100 is the better choice -- currently.

If you are going AMD make sure it is an AMD3+ mobo so you are not blocked from going to Bulldozer.

The thing about PSUs ia that it is hard to tell quality by brand name. Some brands have excelleng product at 350W and stink at 500W. The best current guide is here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...

June 5, 2011 7:38:31 AM

Thanks for all your great answers! I'm going to go with the AMD build, and checking the guide out right now, the problem is that I can only find really expensive good 500w PSU's, or then they have the wrong PCI-E cables. But thanks for all your great answers.
June 5, 2011 7:58:45 AM

The phenom is the better build in most situations .

When you factor in the H67 mb not being able to OC the intel then thats even more true .

BUT with AMD releasing new processors later this year Id only buy a motherboard that can run an AM3+ processor so you can easily upgrade later . I might even be tempted to use a lower spec cheaper cpu now knowing that I'd likely replace it in less than a year
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