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March 12, 2012 12:23:40 PM

Alright so first I'll start off by saying I plan to use the "new build template" once I make a final decision on AMD vs Intel. However, before I make that decision, I'm still a little torn between which processor to go with. Keeping in mind of a budget around $800 (without monitor) and about 90% of the computer's usage going to gaming (Planetside 2, Diablo 3 most likely) here's my question:
I have two friends who just built systems, one with a Phenom II 960T and the other a Phenom II 975. Both seem to be extremely pleased with their systems, which were built at around $750. I'm trying to decide whether or not, for my needs, building something with similar hardware would be worthwhile, assuming an AM3+ mobo would suffice for an upgrade at some point down the line. Or should I just chalk up the extra money and go for an i5-2400, which would probably pull my end price up to around $850? ( I'm dead set on a quad core, unless I can be overwhelmingly convinced otherwise, so don't worry about suggesting an i3 :p  )

I plan to spend around $160-180 on my gpu, most likely GTX 560 or Radeon 6870.

Be as brutally honest as needed. Thanks :) 
March 12, 2012 12:52:56 PM

Sure. Wasn't sure if I should fill it out from the get go when I wasn't sure about processor, but I have 2 builds thus far. Here's the AMD one.

Approximate Purchase Date: ~2 weeks

Budget Range: $800, preferably before rebates, but if theres great deals with rebates I'm open to them :) 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work (quickbooks, office), random ish?

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, open to other suggestions.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None really, for the purpose of this build though I'm using AMD cpu

Overclocking: If using AMD, most likely

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Just looking for a gaming rig that can handle high settings with good fps. 500 gb is fine for HD size

BUILD

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
MOBO: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
DVD-RW: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
OS: Win 7

Total price: $791.90

Again, be brutally honest :)  Thanks!
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March 12, 2012 12:54:38 PM

hello op


a i3 2100 is faster than fx 4100 @ 4.5ghz in gaming and costs same

even a pentium g860 surpass the phenom x6 1090t :o 

i use that processor and its great but its more costly and gets very hot and eats a lot more power than i3 :pfff: 

i would suggest a15 - 30 % of ur money in gpu as it is a gaming build

are u gonna sli later

if not xfire

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX6870X2 2GBD5-2DHG Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB 2 X 256bit (256bit) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity :o 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


total (with rebates )= $ 785 :bounce: 



if u are gonna sli then

replace the mobo with this

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$119.99

and that would make the total to $836 :D 


it is better to go with that mobo



and the gpu is a beast 2x6870 :o 
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March 12, 2012 2:52:07 PM

serialkiller said:
hello op


a i3 2100 is faster than fx 4100 @ 4.5ghz in gaming and costs same

even a pentium g860 surpass the phenom x6 1090t :o 

i use that processor and its great but its more costly and gets very hot and eats a lot more power than i3 :pfff: 

i would suggest a15 - 30 % of ur money in gpu as it is a gaming build

are u gonna sli later

if not xfire

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX6870X2 2GBD5-2DHG Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB 2 X 256bit (256bit) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity :o 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


total (with rebates )= $ 785 :bounce: 



if u are gonna sli then

replace the mobo with this

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$119.99

and that would make the total to $836 :D 


it is better to go with that mobo



and the gpu is a beast 2x6870 :o 


This is very solid. I would Suggest going with a corsair still personally just because of personal experience with Corsair, also if you can spend more with that z68 go with an i5, but I know you are on a budget here.
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March 12, 2012 4:10:32 PM

So if I choose to go with the ASRock z68 mobo, its probably worthwhile to upgrade to the i5? And am I understanding correctly that I should not really consider the Phenom II cpus at this point?
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March 13, 2012 3:34:59 AM

dont consider the phenoms no amd processor except opterons can defeat a i3 even in overclocked state and costs less less power and is cool the only thing is that u cant oc a i3 but wont need :D 
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March 13, 2012 4:23:45 AM

It takes OC for an AMD CPU to even match the stock performance of the i3-2120.
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March 13, 2012 11:14:30 AM

Thanks for the help.
Serial with your build, adding in Win 7 and a Mobo puts me around 950 bucks. I need to trim like 100 off of that. If I downgraded my GPU a bit, does that still keep me with a pretty powerful system?
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March 13, 2012 5:00:07 PM

yes it will be powerfull

its just that this gpu is a beast and is very cheap where 2 6870 are very costly and outperformance a gtx 580 at 3/5 of cost :D 
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March 13, 2012 5:25:26 PM

Why not the upcoming 7870? It performs "almost" equal to a 580 alone and doesn't face multi gpu issues(heat, power, scaling, multi-stuttering). The 7870 is what I would get.

And I wouldn't recommend OCZ psu's, stick with corsair, seasonic or antec
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