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#1 lawlcatz

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:20 PM

I am currently working on a new computer for next year that i should hope would last me for about a year, uses include for the most part photoshop and in my free time gaming, mostly fps's.

- I was looking at buying one of the new core i5 chips, but my roomate suggested building an AMD computer for comparable prices.
- I have already purchased for myself a copy of Vista 64 bit with the windows 7 upgrade and currently have it locked in my dorm safe

Intel:
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131410
GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814129113
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115215
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231277
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136283
- : $764.94

AMD:
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813157161
GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814129113
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103674
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820148150
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136283
- : $712.95

I tended to lean towards intel as my choice, but figured i would ask around and see what some people though. From some benchmarks i saw it looked like the Intel outperformed the AMD, but frankly this is my first build from scratch, so i dunno.

Any advice would be appreciated much :huh:

Also would a medium sized case work as i am and will continue to be a single graphics card guy until costs are lowered some, as i am a student for at least 3 more years :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:48 PM

I would avoid synthetic benchmarks and look at real-world gaming situations comparing the Phenom II and the i5 before choosing which one to get. From some of the reviews I've seen, depending on the resolution and GPU, there is about a 3 to 5 FPS difference between the Phenom II and the i5. In other words, they are similar but there are differences, but performance does vary based on the game. From what I can tell, the i5 goes in between the Core 2's and the i7's, an area where the Phenom II performs well. Looking over the list, everything looks good, but I would suggest getting a GPU that has 1GB of VRAM in it since some games are taking advantage of higher amounts. The XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB will work. Remember, you will need to get Windows so factor that into the price as well. Mid sized cases may work for a single card, but be prepared to move things around. Also, a Crossfire setup should be avoided in such a case. I can understand using a Mid ATX tower, it makes moving into a dorm easier. Last year, I carted a full ATX tower into my dorm and box could barely fit through the door so I had to unpack the thing in the hall.

Edited by DJBPace07, 19 September 2009 - 05:51 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:01 AM

The I5 is more powerful but from what I've seen, AMD processors are more reliable and/or stable. I would recommend you go AMD unless you need all that power.
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:47 AM

Agreed, the i5 is more powerful, but the added cost of that slight power increase over the AMD lineup may make it unappealing given the cost of the CPU and motherboard.

Here's some reviews, I do suggest focusing on the real-world benchmarks as in game performance since that is what you will be doing.

TechSpot - Intel Core i5 750 Processor Review
bit-tech.net - Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Lynnfield review
neoseeker - Intel Core i5 750 & i7 870 Review

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 07:14 PM

Im thinking i will go with the AMD set as it is cheaper, and offers similar performance.

- Unfortunately, the motherboard i had listed in the AMD set has been sold out for the time being on newegg, and i was hoping to order within the next two weeks. Are there any other motherboards with the same specs and similar price range. I was unable to find one :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:59 PM

The ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX would act as a substitute even though it is about $5 more. As I suggested earlier, you should replace the GPU with one that has 1GB of VRAM to have maximum performance. Aside from that, everything else is great.

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for the mobo, and i did take your suggestion and move up to the 1GB card. Not much more expensive than the 512 card. Would an antec 900 in your opinion suit this well?

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:25 PM

For a single card setup, yes, an Antec 900 would work. However, if you want to use Crossfire you should use a full-ATX case and not a mid-tower like the 900. For a full ATX, the CHIEFTEC Dragon DA-01BD-U-OP works and is about the same price as the 900. My personal favorite case is the COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP, but that is much more expensive. When it comes to cases, any that have a side window or fan are often louder. Steel or aluminum cases, particularly aluminum, are often better made with plastic cases being the cheapest.

Edited by DJBPace07, 21 September 2009 - 09:26 PM.

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