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Which gaming rig setup is best? 1 1920x1080 monitor

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October 3, 2011 6:17:49 AM

AMD vs Intel. Considering both.

Intel:
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$169.99

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$154.99

1x EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
$499.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ...
$199.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$314.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$51.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
$16.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$12.98

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
$56.99

Subtotal $1,558.89
Tax $0.00
Shipping $36.65
Rush Processing $2.99
Promo Code -$5.00
Order Total $1,593.53

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VERSUS AMD:
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AMD:

Everything is the same, except....

2x HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
$539.99

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$139.99

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
$189.99

Subtotal: $1,419.89
Shipping: $34.08
Grand Total: $1,439.97


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AMD Grand Total : $1,439.97
Intel Grand Total: $1,593.53

THE DIFFERENCE:

My AMD build features TWO 6950's in crossfire mode, which according to http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts...iast,2660.html
would blow my single 580 Intel setup's graphics out of the water.

However, the sandy bridge processor on my intel build is superior to the 1100T phenom processor for AMD.

Basically, is my $150 cheaper dual 6950 setup worth the processor performance hit? Keep in mind all I do is game.

Also to note: I only play on 1 monitor. Some people have said CF / SLi is pointless on 1 monitor, but I don't see how if it gives you a huge performance increase (even if you cant use 100% of it's FULL potential)

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October 3, 2011 6:24:10 AM

What resolution u play at.
Yes 2600k is above the point of reason. Get 2500k
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October 3, 2011 6:26:07 AM

I would be playing on my single monitor @ 1920x1080.

I've fooled around configuring a 2500k config on newegg and the AMD version of my 2 choices seems to be better than the 2500k for pure gaming. I could be wrong but that's how it seems to me.
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October 3, 2011 6:29:29 AM

it will give u essentially higher FPS but even single 6970 will pull all games at that resolution
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October 3, 2011 6:34:28 AM

For your AMD rig, wait the week or so until bulldozer is out. not worth getting the 1100T with BD so close round the corner.

then we will have propper benchmarks and prices to do a fair comparison.
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October 3, 2011 6:35:40 AM

If you want to but now I would say go for the Intel setup. If you are going to wait I would suggest wait for Bulldozer and see what the performance is like.
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October 3, 2011 6:36:25 AM

madchemist83 said:
it will give u essentially higher FPS but even single 6970 will pull all games at that resolution



Really?

If this is true....

We're talking like 60+ FPS with maxed settings throwing 4x-8x AA in there too?
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October 3, 2011 6:56:36 AM

60 fps .. probably not 45+ sure
or GTX 570
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October 3, 2011 6:57:40 AM

I guess I should update this post with.......


For running BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR, Starcraft 2, BC2, Diablo 3, etc at max settings, will either of these builds get me 60+ FPS?

Am I spending too much to get 60+ FPS with 1 monitor @ high/ultra settings? Can I get 60+FPS with graphics all the way up via spending less money?

The ONLY thing I want is 60+ FPS considering I'm running 1 monitor at 1920x1080. I don't have to have EVERY setting max, but would like at least 4x-8x AA
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October 3, 2011 7:06:58 AM

then go with 2 cards
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October 3, 2011 7:08:34 AM

unless u plan to throw another 580 down the road
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October 10, 2011 5:25:23 PM

I would go with the Intel setup but swap out the gtx 580 for the 2x6950's.
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