Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Need help choosing system

Last response: in Systems
Share
June 23, 2011 11:56:41 PM

*This is my first post ever, and would like to apologize in advance if I'm in the wrong section or poorly described.*

That said I would really appreciate all the help I can get. Ive been researching for days and came up with two similar "budget builds". They basically boil down to Nvidia vs Amd, but I'm looking for gaming performance differences. Both builds will have the same ddr3 8gbs of ram, 1tb hdd, and dvd burner all from my current system. And both builds are in the same price range, $8xx~. Same power supply and case will also be used.

CASE- Nzxt M59 Gaming mid tower (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)
PSU- Apevia Warlock 750w (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)

+BUILD A (Nvidia)
•2 Evga Gtx 460 Se video cards in sli (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)
•Core i5 760 processor (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)
•Evga P55 Sli Mobo (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)

+BUILD B (Amd)
•2 HIS HD 6850 video cards in crossfire (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)
•Phenom II 1090t Black edition processor (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...)
•MSI 890FXA-GD70 Mobo (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...)

So this is what I've come up with, any and all suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Looking forward to your reply's.

More about : choosing system

June 24, 2011 12:05:08 AM

Those 2 builds look pretty equal but presumably the Intel one is cheaper so i'd go for that. (You should look into the Intel Core i5 2400 or 2500k though.)
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 12:27:23 AM

jmsellars1 said:
Those 2 builds look pretty equal but presumably the Intel one is cheaper so i'd go for that. (You should look into the Intel Core i5 2400 or 2500k though.)


Thanks for the reply, and mentioning the 2500k. It looks to be a much better option and only $10 more. Do you know how it compares to the Phenom 1090t? I know 6 cores are't exactly used for gaming (yet)
m
0
l
Related resources
June 24, 2011 12:50:24 AM

it is much better than the 1090t since it can be oc'd 5ghz and up. it can hit 4.8ghz with the hyper 212 plus
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 2:04:17 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
it is much better than the 1090t since it can be oc'd 5ghz and up. it can hit 4.8ghz with the hyper 212 plus


Many thanks, I'll be sure to pick up the 212. I wasn't sure on which cooler to get.
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 12:28:29 PM

For games it is a lot better than the 1090t, i hear it's pretty much equal for everything else too. The obvious choice at the moment.

EDIT: Be sure to get a 1155 socket motherboard. A Z68 or P67 with x8/x8 SLI/Crossfire.
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 1:58:54 PM

ya p67 or z68 andx8/x8 will not bottleneck most gpu's except for the really high end cards (ex:580/590/6990)
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 4:40:20 PM

Taking all of your much welcomed advise into account, I've revised my build. Will be starting it next wednesday (june,29th) if everything seems sound. This is my first pc build so all of your input is again, much appreciated. I'm pretty happy with this one, let me know what u think:

•i5-2500k cpu
•Msi P67a-GD65 Mobo (it's x16/x8 but switches to x8/x8 in sli)
•2 Evga GTX 460 SE video cards in SLI (was debating between xfire 6850's, but figured nvidia+intel is better mix. plus physX)
•Nzxt M59 mid tower case
•Apevia Warlock 750w Psu
•Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus cpu cooler
•8gb ddr3 ram, 1tb hdd, and dvd burner

Any and all advice/edits are welcome, like I said, I wont be starting this for a week or so.
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 4:49:09 PM

Don't get the GTX 460 SE, its a crippled version of the card. I'd get a single GTX 570 or HD 6950 instead. (Or at least get the non-SE versions)
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 5:14:07 PM

^+1 and op the 6850's will give you way more performance. :D 
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 5:27:29 PM

so i should crossfire 2 6850's instead? I was looking at the HIS version, I really want to keep the dual card setup. I may be wrong, but I always thought Nvidia cards were better for intel. Is there really no difference?

EDIT: Thinking the gigabyte 6850 is a better option than the HIS
m
0
l
June 24, 2011 6:59:47 PM

The regular GTX 460 1GB performs about the same as the HD 6850 (unless the new fermi ones are better) so just get whichever is cheaper.
m
0
l
!