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Old May 10, 2010, 02:06 PM
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So my S939 setup is aging now, and I'm looking into a new build.

I already have:

CM690 + fans
Noctua NH-U12 heatsink
8800GT
Seasonic SS650HT power supply
DVD-RW/HDDs/etc

I would like to keep my costs down, but definitely want the most for my money.

Option 1:

AMD 1055T
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H
G.Skill 2x2gb DDR3-1600

This squeaks in under $500

Option 2

i7 920 (on sale, $250)
EVGA X58 SLi mobo (on sale + rebate for $220)
G.Skill 3x2gb Tridents ($200 :(, ram was cheaper a year ago! ) ---or some used OCZ DDR3-1600 - $100

This goes for about $750 minus $30 rebate or $650 with the used ram

I would also like to grab an X25-V SSD. Thoughts?

Basically I'm asking if the second option at +50% of option 1's price will net me 50% more performance. Both options will be overclocked, too. Usage will consist of some gaming, day-to-day low power stuff, ripping/compressing media - the usual.

Thanks!
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Old May 10, 2010, 02:25 PM
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Since you're not doing high powered stuff, I'd suggest going with AMD's option. I own an i7 920 and I am quite happy with it. However, since it seems that both these processors are highly overclockable, I think the 1055T is way better for price/performance. Intel usually seems to be faster clock for clock, but for $250 less, I think AMD is the way to go right now. Not to mention that the i7 920 is 'outdated.'
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if you game, then id keep the 8800 for physix and get a 5850 for mains....
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:45 PM
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if you game, then id keep the 8800 for physix and get a 5850 for mains....
Vid card upgrade will have to wait, I refuse to spend over ~$200 on a card, and the 4870/5770 isn't a large enough upgrade over the 8800GT. I made that mistake once when I bought an X850XT PE for $500 (after the price dropped from $800!), it was worth $150 a year later. It was a lot faster than the 9800 Pro it replaced though haha.
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Old May 10, 2010, 03:56 PM
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To me, it looks like a case of bang for your buck vs. just bang. I'd be building the AMD option myself, and upgrading your GPU and/or adding a SSD.
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OF THOSE TWO OPTIONS the AMD setup is by far more bang per buck.
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Old May 10, 2010, 04:36 PM
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I can also source some used ram for $100. see edit up top.
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Old May 10, 2010, 05:20 PM
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A 5850 would help me game much better... a 5850 + AMD setup would be godly... and I can sell you my 5850 too! :D
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+1 for AMD setup.
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Old May 10, 2010, 06:01 PM
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To be honest, I expected more support for the i7 combo. LOL Thanks for your input.
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