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January 1, 2012 8:24:26 PM

Build 1 (AMD)
CPU: AMD A6-3650 ($119.99)
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 101A ($14.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A75M-S2V ($79.99)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB ($39.99)
Case: NZXT Gamma ($45.99)
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ($49.99)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 ($169.99)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($99.99)
DVD: Samsung SH-222AB ($19.98)
OS: WIN7 HP 64BIT ($104.99)
Total: $765.79

Build 2 (Intel)
CPU: Intel Core i5 2300 ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 101I ($14.99)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LX ($69.99)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB ($39.99)
Case: NZXT Gamma ($45.99)
PSU: Cooler Master Elite Power Plus 460W ($39.99)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6770 ($124.99)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($99.99)
DVD: Samsung SH-222AB ($19.98)
OS: WIN7 HP 64BIT ($104.99)
Total: $780.88

All parts from canada computers
http://www.canadacomputers.com/

The price difference is about $20 but I dont know which is better for gaming, video editing, multi tasking or which would last longer or be future proof?

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January 1, 2012 8:37:36 PM

Amd one has a better gpu, but the i5 one has a better cpu. To balance it out i say get i3 2100 and hd 6870. It will perform better than both in gaming. However it's dual core so you will probably need to exchange it for a quad core in a year, maybe a little more. And i have no idea how it would perform in multitasking and vid-editing compared to these 2... But, if you had to chose between these 2, i say get the AMD one.
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January 1, 2012 8:44:54 PM

I'd say get an
FX 4100
Asrock 970 gen3 mb
2x2 gig of 1600 MHz ram at 1.5 volts
and the 6870/6850
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January 1, 2012 8:49:35 PM

i5 will be a better processor with CPU tasks, AMD has a better GPU. I could change the GPU on the AMD for a 6670 however and get 6770 level graphics in crossfire enabled games for cheaper. I would also go with the a8 3670k in that build and OC since you have a CPU cooler if it's available. If you could budget higher in the i5 build for an i5-2500k and an overclocking chipset it would be definitely better. i5 might be upgradeable in the future, AMD FM1 probably will not.
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January 1, 2012 8:54:57 PM

kinggraves said:
i5 will be a better processor with CPU tasks, AMD has a better GPU. I could change the GPU on the AMD for a 6670 however and get 6770 level graphics in crossfire enabled games for cheaper. I would also go with the a8 3670k in that build and OC since you have a CPU cooler if it's available. If you could budget higher in the i5 build for an i5-2500k and an overclocking chipset it would be definitely better. i5 might be upgradeable in the future, AMD FM1 probably will not.


The H61 intel board will not be upgradeable

The AMD FM1 also looks like a dead end as AMD trasiton to bulldozer cores in their fusion APU's

But an AM3+ board/FX 4100 will be for at least another generation of processors
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January 1, 2012 10:08:07 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The H61 intel board will not be upgradeable

The AMD FM1 also looks like a dead end as AMD trasiton to bulldozer cores in their fusion APU's

But an AM3+ board/FX 4100 will be for at least another generation of processors


His board will upgrade to Ivy Bridge, it's a matter of BIOS.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?2756...

All features of Ivy Bridge aren't guaranteed. I wouldn't call a low end board futureproof though, SATA3/USB3/PCIe3 features would probably be a longer term board.

Since there's no guarantee either AM3+ or 1155 sockets will be around for 2013, I wouldn't say either are that long term.
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January 1, 2012 10:16:42 PM

kinggraves said:
His board will upgrade to Ivy Bridge, it's a matter of BIOS.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?2756...

All features of Ivy Bridge aren't guaranteed. I wouldn't call a low end board futureproof though, SATA3/USB3/PCIe3 features would probably be a longer term board.

Since there's no guarantee either AM3+ or 1155 sockets will be around for 2013, I wouldn't say either are that long term.


Thanks for the information .

I guess no technology solution is guaranteed for more than a year or two .
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