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Old May 19, 2010, 06:49 PM
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In the next two to three month's I'm planning on building a new gaming pc. My first dream of building a 2500 dream pc has been thrown out since i will basically only be able to use it for a year and a half, since in 2012 I'm going off to University in Hungary for a year. I have basically shortened down my budget to max 1200(maybe100 dollars leniency), but am having troubles deciding if I'm going to go Intel or AMD. The only brand preference I really have is Mushkin ram.

Things that would be the same in both Intel and AMD
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus-22.99
Silverstone Strider 750 Plus-115.17
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM -99.99
Samsung SH-S223C-26.99
Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition-139.90*
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB-59.79

Cost= 424.73

AMD Rig
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz-210.99
Crosshair IV Formula-229.99
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600-135.99
Total Cost=1001.70

Intel Rig
ASUS P6X58D-E-241.80
Intel Core I7 930-298.49
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Frostbyte 6GB 3X2GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24-179.99

Cost=1145.01

*All items are price matched with NCIX, except the case which i'll buy locally to avoid high shipping costs.

I still need to add a video card to the deal. With the AMD rig I have max around 300 dollars wiggle room while with the Intel I barely have 150 dollars left. I was thinking of adding a 5850 to the amd rig and that would bring my price out close to budget. I play on a 1680*1050 monitor and sometimes a 26" 720p tv. Which rig would give me better bang for buck. Thanks in Advance
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Old May 19, 2010, 06:53 PM
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For a gaming PC, I suggest i5 750 for Intel, LGA 1156 platform cost much less.
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Old May 19, 2010, 07:21 PM
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3rd Option
Maximus III Formula- 228.51
I5 750-207.79
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24-135.99

Total Cost= 997.02

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Old May 19, 2010, 07:34 PM
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hmm

starting off with a 5870 and a corsair 750, trickle down your mushkin ram in an amd solution(200 plus is wayy too much for a mobo if you dont need to crossfire/sli/etc)

you can do better than 1200$
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Technically I would chose AMD. Especially if you game!

Will be cheaper, and a quad core will be far than enough for your need.
Put that will a hd 5850, and your good to go for a wile.
Like someone have said above, you don't need to spend your money on that asus motherboard unless you plan to do crossfire.



and... but this is a GUESS!

and AMD platform will sell easier over time, because of the good upgradability.
We don't know yet if the 2011 amd processor will be AM3 compatible...
The LGA 1156 is already dying, and a new platform will be out for intel at than time.
Choosing a 6 core over a 4 core will be better for resale and long-term too.
If you choose a amd based platform, try yo go for the sata3 and usb3 will cost more but will resale way better.

My two cents!
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Old May 19, 2010, 10:01 PM
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i hear not on the next gen cpus..good to have six cores on a few years old mobos already..take that intel!


1156 is going to be 1155, so whatever you got, except ram, bye bye
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Old May 20, 2010, 11:38 AM
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What we know about AMD’s next-generation processors Icrontic Tech

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The first enthusiast CPU to employ the Bulldozer design is currently codenamed Zambezi, and it will contain four of these dual core modules for a total of eight cores. We also know for a fact that Zambezi will use socket AM3, meaning anyone with a DDR3 Phenom II motherboard will be ready to rock with a BIOS upgrade.
It seem that now we know it!
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8 physical cores on am3? hmmmmmmmmmm

so no more am2+ compatibility(ddr2/3 controller?)
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What about this set up:
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5- 189.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965-185.49
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Frostbyte PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24-114.99

Total-915.20

This setup puts me within the limit of being able to add a 5870 and not going that much over budget.
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What about this set up:
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5- 189.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965-185.49
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Frostbyte PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24-114.99

Total-915.20

This setup puts me within the limit of being able to add a 5870 and not going that much over budget.
I would get a 1055T, cost a bit more but 2 more core and they overclock the same.
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