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post #11 of 22
definitely amd
i just dont know exactly which chip to recommend
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post #12 of 22
Phenom II 955 BE is what you want, cheap, but still runs like hell! I'm still using mine right now OC's to 4.2GHz

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Phenom II 955 BE is what you want, cheap, but still runs like hell! I'm still using mine right now OC's to 4.2GHz

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But, SND (Sandybridge) is faster and more efficient than the latest AMD offerings, right?

I'm looking at a budget system mostly for HTPC but I want it capable of virtualization and some occasional gaming and 3D applications. Photoshop/Blender capable, for e.g.

Also, isn't AMD having an ongoing issue with SATA AHCI controllers?

I was wondering if I should get a cheap sandybridge knowing that some ivybridge processors might be compatible or just go really cheap with latest AMD. But, with bulldozer coming up, I am not sure what to do.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 is 125W! Also, on the cpu list, it is just past the i3-2100? OTOH, it is $110-.

I'm wondering what is the pest price/performance but taking into consideration heat and power consumption.

Any comments?

Edit: If my reading sources are accurate, the current AM3 offerings will not be very compatible with AM3+ stuff.
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post #14 of 22
Depends on your budget really. In the very low price brackets, AMD wins. Higher up, Intel dominates.
post #15 of 22
You're getting a little mixed up there, it's the Sandy Bridge that had the SATA controller issue (and almost all new boards have it fixed).
Heat won't be an issue with the 955 unless you clock it up, and even then a decent cooler and the leaving on of the power saving settings will keep it quiet, cool and low power when full power isn't needed.
Sandy Bridge is still a touch too expensive for an HTPC unless you really want to use it a LOT with gaming on that big screen. AMD is the cheap option with plenty of power, Intel is more expensive but beats the AMD hands down in most things.
Your money is your money, spend it how you like.
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post #16 of 22
Well, the AMD AHCI controllers were a problem with some SSDs? TRIM wouldn't work right?

Anyway, I have to wait before being in the market for a SSD. I am mostly wondering about options. I think the AMD AM3 boards will be iffy for future upgrades and if the AM3+ processors will be compatible, it will be with conditions. One also needs a more expensive mobo, 880 or 9xx series?

Maybe I shouldn't be concerned with upgrades considering my requirements but it's always interesting to have more options.

I think it's almost a certainty that either P67 or Z68 motherboards will take an ivybridge processor but how they work together is still a mystery (to me, at least).

I am not sure I need more than 2 cores right now, too. I prefer a Quad Core since my current processor is a Q6600. I would like to go to 8GB but DDR2 is too expensive and I'd rather not invest in a generation that old. SND will be left behind soon so that is as far back that I want to go.

I have no loyalties or preferences regarding Intel or AMD but my experience was that AMD ran hotter. Although, it was based on a socket 939 mboard.

I will be using virtualization, too, so I don't know if there is any difference between AMD and Intel in that regard. I guess they both utilize virtualization in their own ways and equally good?
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post #17 of 22
Best price per performance goes to AMD hands down. Intel are faster but they're also more expensive. IRL performance you probably can't tell the difference b/w the two anyways. I recommend AMD if you're somewhat having financial problems or don't want to be in one.
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post #18 of 22
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In NZ the 955 is 180 and the 925 is 160. How much better is the performace to warrant the twenty bucks?
With reference to the above - even if the 925 and/or 955 are C2 or C3 the fact that the 955 is a BE means Black Edition - the CPU multi is unlocked so in future you can OC if you ever feel the need to!
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post #19 of 22
I know this much. Phenom II X6 1090T vs. Intel 2500K are about the same price to build a rig. Right now Intel Sandybridge is killing AMD Phenom II chips. Any and all AMD fanboys are waiting to see what bulldozer brings to the table and I think it will be release in june or july of this year.
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post #20 of 22
I just built the system in my sig HTPC/Gaming rig for under $500 on newegg.

My 955 is at 4ghz with only a slight voltage increase and on the stock cooler.
OC'd the 465 a little bit as well and I play SC2 , Rift, Metro, and other newer games on high/ultra settings with no issues what so ever.
 
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