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AMD X6 1090T Vs i5-2500k plus motherboard suggestions. Gaming PC

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August 2, 2011 1:54:55 PM

Hi guys

I'm looking to upgrade my current rig

AMD 3800+
4GB DDR2 800mhz geil black dragon
Cheapest AM2 motherboard I could find on www.cclonline.com

to either the AMD X6 1090T ( I see no real reason to go for the 1100T) or the i5-2500k

I dont have a preference to Intel or AMD.

I have found both the processors for the same price new for £140 on ebay, so price isnt an issue on the CPU.

I'm looking for suggestions on which one will get the best OC for gaming, and also looking for suggestions on the best motherboard for OC.

I live in the UK and would prefer to buy from UK retailers or UK Ebay.

I have been looking at: http://www.ebuyer.com/259593-gigabyte-ga-p67a-ud3-b3-ip...

and:
http://www.ebuyer.com/270698-asus-m5a99x-evo-990fx-sock...

I am looking for DDR3 1600Mhz at least for the mobo. And also SLi/Crossfire x16 x16 would be nice, but x8 x8 at the least. If I go the AMD route I would really like one of the motherboards that will take the AM3+ chips. I know some of the current Asus ones can do this with a Bios upgrade.

I also need to include RAM, this seems pretty awesome. The timings are lowest i've seen
http://www.ebuyer.com/180490-g-skill-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3-160...

These are the only 3 components I need right now and I will be getting a gfx card next month for which I will make a new post in the correct forum.
I'm looking to spend £300 on these three components, so taking into account
£140 CPU
£42 for the RAM

I got about £120 for the mobo, but if I can get it cheaper that would be awesome.

I would prefer to buy from either:
www.cclonline.com
www.ebuyer.com
www.scan.co.uk
www.ebay.co.uk

but I would consider other retailers.

Thanks in advance
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August 2, 2011 2:03:38 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=288
^ Intel wins, no argument
Also there is no use for a 6 core gaming rig...most games don't use more than 2 cores, so you still have 2 cores left of awesomeness on the Intel while you have 4 left on the AMD, plus the AMD is weaker in whole compared to Intel
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August 2, 2011 2:11:13 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=288
^ Intel wins, no argument
Also there is no use for a 6 core gaming rig...most games don't use more than 2 cores, so you still have 2 cores left of awesomeness on the Intel while you have 4 left on the AMD, plus the AMD is weaker in whole compared to Intel


Actually games are starting to utilise more cores now, and as I hope this rig will last around 4-5 years then more cores is a big consideration.

As we go on games are going to use more and more cores, Crisis 2 can use 8 cores right now. I see the trend continueing.
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August 2, 2011 2:39:36 PM

Going AMD at this point seems very foolish to me, Bulldozer is a month away and the price cuts for this gen's equipment should go down pretty fast. With that said:

For a Motherboard i'd get:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/...

Will be ready for bulldozer and gives you a good number of PCIe lanes. £89

Also go down the Phenom II X4 955 BE rather than the X6 series: £87

For RAM:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D...

8GB of good RAM, yes slower and higher latency but double the size and cheaper. And you're unlikely to notice any difference.

Total of around £210 as oppose to £300



For Intel:

i5 2500k £140 (v. good price will have to look on ebay as well)
Same RAM as above tbh £40

Although you could go with these: £48
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D...

Slight boost in speed. and 8GB.

You could get this as a good board:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/...

Get the board and RAM from aria with your CPU and it's a little over £290.
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August 2, 2011 3:14:41 PM

genghiskron said:
http://www.techspot.com/review/379-crysis-2-performance...

^i5-2500k at stock speeds slaughtering the 1100T in a game that can apparently use 8 cores.


Nice article, i'd like to see this confirmed on a couple more sites and I will take a look around myself.

Any more suggestions on mobos?

I really want one that will allow a good OC. I will be investing in a good fan also but this is seperate to the £300 for these parts.
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August 2, 2011 7:03:46 PM

Luv that M5A99X.

If you go with AMD snag a PhII 955BE before they are all gone and put any cash saved to better use --- either to a better video card or an SSD for your OS/apps.

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August 2, 2011 7:57:23 PM

een54 I see that you have done quite a bit of homework. Either of the systems you are looking at will serve you well and for most of everyday use including gaming no one could tell much of a difference between the Intel or AMD systems. The AMD will be a bit cheaper. The Intel will be a bit faster benchmark wise. I do agree that you should wait until the bulldozer cpus drop as the pricing might/will change. I have a 1090 and a 955 AMD and liked them both. If you are considering a 955 I would consider a 965. The price is nearly the same but the 965 benefits from a higher stepping and more refinements.

The Techspot article was published in March and tested earlier than that right after the 69xx were released with very early drivers, 6970 = 570.
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