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October 13, 2011 7:43:49 AM

so here's the deal: i've been waiting for the FX-8150 for a long time hoping it will be the thing i need for the next 5-6 years.Now i am not so sure about purchasing it so it comes to these 2 builds(form ground 0 as i do not have any of these parts):

FX-8120 ( i think FX 8150 is too expensive for what it has to offer)
asus crosshair V formula
radeon hd 6870
2 * 4gb corsair dominator CL7 1600 mhz
ocz vertax 3 maxiops SSD
2 * Wester digital caviar black 500 gb
PC Power & Cooling Mk II 950 W PSU - 80 PLUS SILVER

OR

Intel core i7 2600K
MSI Z68A-GD80 (has PCI gen 3,although i know it will not work because of the processor but i think for the future)
radeon hd 6870
2 * 4gb g.skill ripjaws x series CL7 1600 mhz
ocz vertax 3 maxiops SSD
2 * Western Digital caviar black 500 gb
Cooler Master Silent Pro 800W PSU - 80 PLUS GOLD

My budget is 1100 $ (preferably less) so feel free to give advice for another build.Remember i want to keep this configuration for about 5-6 years and not change a thing so i am looking for reliability.

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October 13, 2011 8:09:40 AM

Is it for gaming or what? Look at the stick on the top of the newbuild forum to see what you need to tell us so we can help you out better
October 13, 2011 8:30:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: 1100 before rebates


System Usage :surfing internet;watching movies on a HD TV with home cinema sound system;i want this parts to be usable over 5-6 years as i don't plan to upgrade anytime soon.I wish i would be able to play games over 5 years on the same build too.


Parts Not Required:keyboard,mouse,case,monitor,speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com


Country of Origin:USA


Parts Preferences:ATX mobo, and reliable parts,i would have choosen nvidia for the intel build but the xfx gives me lifetime warranty


Overclocking: Yes;in the future


SLI or Crossfire:maybe in the future


Monitor Resolution:1920x1080


Additional Comments:i am looking for reliability for the future

AMD build:
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz 8MB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard
XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


Intel build:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)





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October 13, 2011 9:22:51 AM

Hello :) 

The Intel build is much better. If your on a budget go to the 2500K - it is a seriously fast CPU. I own the 2600K and if can afford it is simply the best buy out there if you want hyperthreading and so forth. However the 2500K is nearly equal to it and is a $100 cheaper.

I personally like the Corsair HX 850 much better than the Cooler Master PSU. It is probably the best PSU for the money if you are going to run crossfire or SLI. The TX 850 is also good.

Right now the Kingston Hyper X or the Corsair Force 3 GT (emphasize the GT) outperform the Vertex 3 Max IOPS (although it may be faster in some benchmarks and it has superior NAND) in the 120 GB size. The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe is the baddest 120 GB SSD on the market right now but it is about $50 more than the two I just mentioned. To give you an idea of the speed, the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe kicks the Vertex 3 240GB's butt in most benchmarks and it is a 120GB SSD. That is amazing performance. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS is good also, but the Mushkin is faster.

The Samsung F3 Spinpoint (1TB) is the fastest HDD for the buck on the market except for the Seagate Barracuda V.12 1 TB - get the cheapest. The F3 regularly goes on sale on Newegg for $50.

I think the ATI 6950 would save you some money or maybe look at the GTX 560Ti. The 6970 seems overpriced in general. A crossfire system with two 6950s would be much faster and not cost much more. A 6950 is a potent card by itself as is the 560Ti.

A word of advice - no computer system will stay current for 5 years. However, you probably will be able to use the Intel build for five years if you dont have to have the latest and greatest. Look at how many people still have XP systems

You may want to also look at the AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 board. I own it and it is a very good board.

Good luck with your build

October 13, 2011 11:16:38 AM

flong said:
Hello :) 

The Intel build is much better. If your on a budget go to the 2500K - it is a seriously fast CPU. I own the 2600K and if can afford it is simply the best buy out there if you want hyperthreading and so forth. However the 2500K is nearly equal to it and is a $100 cheaper.

I personally like the Corsair HX 850 much better than the Cooler Master PSU. It is probably the best PSU for the money if you are going to run crossfire or SLI. The TX 850 is also good.

Right now the Kingston Hyper X or the Corsair Force 3 GT (emphasize the GT) outperform the Vertex 3 Max IOPS (although it may be faster in some benchmarks and it has superior NAND) in the 120 GB size. The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe is the baddest 120 GB SSD on the market right now but it is about $50 more than the two I just mentioned. To give you an idea of the speed, the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe kicks the Vertex 3 240GB's butt in most benchmarks and it is a 120GB SSD. That is amazing performance. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS is good also, but the Mushkin is faster.

The Samsung F3 Spinpoint (1TB) is the fastest HDD for the buck on the market except for the Seagate Barracuda V.12 1 TB - get the cheapest. The F3 regularly goes on sale on Newegg for $50.

I think the ATI 6950 would save you some money or maybe look at the GTX 560Ti. The 6970 seems overpriced in general. A crossfire system with two 6950s would be much faster and not cost much more. A 6950 is a potent card by itself as is the 560Ti.

A word of advice - no computer system will stay current for 5 years. However, you probably will be able to use the Intel build for five years if you dont have to have the latest and greatest. Look at how many people still have XP systems

You may want to also look at the AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 board. I own it and it is a very good board.

Good luck with your build



thx a lot;you really helped me and i actually fit in the budget ; and i dont want my system to stay current for 5 years;i want to be usable after 5 years at a decent rate.Thank you again .
October 14, 2011 7:50:17 AM

You are welcome. I apologize, when I first looked at your Intel build I thought you had listed the 6970 - but you have the 6870. The 6870 is a quality card.

Depending on how serious you are about gaming either the 6870 or the 6950 or the GTX 560Ti would be a good choice. I bought the 6950 for my build because when I shopped around the 6870 was not really that much cheaper than the 6950 and the 6950 is a lot faster. The 560Ti is also a great card for the money and it is roughly equal to the 6950.

Motherboards that are compatible with Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0 are coming out now. Since you are concerned about longevity, I would recommend that you get one of these boards. This will allow you to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU without changing your motherboard should you choose to do so in the future. These motherboards do not cost a lot more than the older Z68 boards.

Above I recommended the AsRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 board. I own it and I have found it to be quality board. It is around $180 and it has several features only found on more expensive boards. It is also compatible with Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0.

With a next generation motherboard (Gen 3 compatible with PCI-E) and the 2600K, I am willing to bet that you will be able to use this computer 5 years from now. The 2600K is one of the best CPUs that Intel has ever put out and it will have a long shelf life.

If you have time to wait for Ivy Bridge to come out, you may want to take a look at those CPUs as they are supposedly better versions of the 2600K with more cores. However, you cannot go wrong with the 2600K, it is just a brilliant CPU. I own it myself.
October 14, 2011 2:26:00 PM

no harm done.ill go with gtx 560ti.cant wait anylonger
October 15, 2011 8:39:26 AM

stery2123 said:
no harm done.ill go with gtx 560ti.cant wait anylonger


The 560Ti and the 6950 are both dynamic cards, you can't go wrong with either one. I hope that you are very happy with your build.

I know that you are kind of in a hurry but if you can keep an eye on Newegg and Amazon you can pick up some really good buys and Black Friday is coming.
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