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Old August 23, 2009, 06:03 PM
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Hello people im going to be building a system soon and was wondering what would be better to go with either a core i7 or the amd. If i go with the amd setup i would be running the AMD phenom 2 x4 965 black edition cpu, a asus m4a78t-e mobo, corsair 4gb pc12800 ddr3 1600mhz ram, coolmax 950w psu, two cavalry 64gb pelican solid state drives, and two xfx radeon hd 4890xt gpu's. Inside a coolmaster haf 932 case, also will run a dvd burner for optic drive.
If i run the core i7 i would be running with the same components but the cpu will be a core i7 920, and the mobo will be the EVGA X58 SLI Classified board and the ram will be the corsair dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 1600mhz ram. I know one system is cheaper than the other but which one is faster or better to have as a killer gaming system to own.
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Old August 23, 2009, 06:15 PM
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Core i7 is THE KILLER SYSTEM
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Old August 23, 2009, 06:56 PM
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Both of those setups are extreme overkill for any application. The i7 will be a bit more costly, 100$ or so difference, but perform a little better. Not that you would notice much difference for a while to come.
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switch out the pelican drives and coolmax power supply. both arent so good

core i7 system would be faster
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Old August 23, 2009, 08:24 PM
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The core i7 is $377 more to have than the amd. I would switch out the psu for a corsair 1000w instead of the coolmax psu. I always liked amd better than intel but now a days i cant tell the difference between the two. You guys are hardcore into these machines can anyone help me decide with out being bias. Like performance differences, etc, pretty much overall speed and performance differences.
I know one thing for sure i going to be using crossfire and not sli.
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Old August 23, 2009, 08:52 PM
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If you do get a phenom why not just get the x4 955BE, it has unlocked multi.
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Old August 23, 2009, 09:04 PM
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If price really isn't an issue, just get the i7. But to be honest, the AMD build will give you noticeably the same performance, you just don't get the extra e-peen you would with an i7 ;)
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Old August 23, 2009, 09:31 PM
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Price is a factor but at the same time i want to know what you can get if the price factor wasnt in the equation, in deals of overall performance.
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Overall, I7 is the faster machine but if it used for gaming the AMD will do just fine. IMO I7 is overkill for gaming unless you do dual card set ups, I7 seems to be better for dual card set ups. ( far as i can tell )

I am building 2 AMD systems this friday i have read so many I7 Vs AMD i am getting a headache, my conclusion for a gaming build AMD 955 is far more than enough.

Even for basic 3d or photshop AMD is fine, i use to Photoshop & 3d work on my P4 1.2 ghz with radeon 9600 pro & even then it was not that horribly slow. so this new system will just take a crap on my old syetm as far as 3d work goes. ( basic 3d )

my 2 cents, whatever floats your boat.

I might add i am somewhat budgeted, well i can afford an I7 i just prefer to pay my sytem off in 1 month vs 1.5...so that is what helped me decide also.
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