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I am trying to choose between getting an AMD 1090T with a GTX570Ti or getting an Intel i5-2500k with a GTX560Ti. My budget will only allow one of the options. I will be overclocking either processor and also the video card (I'm getting the twin frozr version of either card).

Which one would you recommend?

EDIT: I'm using the computer for gaming and video editing. The reason why the 1090T would be such a difference is because I'm getting a cheaper motherboard. A P67 with the features of the AMD motherboard I want would be about 40-50 dollars more. I do need the processing power, and I would be OC'ing the i5 to around 4.5ghz with an aftermarket heatsink. This computer is not ONLY for gaming, so getting a 955 would not be in my interests.
Edited by XHolyPuffX - 5/27/11 at 9:44am
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I would lean towards the 1090t having owned one before there realy easy to hit 4ghz on but so are the 2500ks I think you would have a great system either way but youll have more power in gaming with the 1090t and 570 combo vs the 2500k 560 set up IMHO.

the 2500k will best the 1090t in almost everything but I think the 1090 and 570 would be the way to go

If you go the 1090t route make sure you get a new chipset on your motherboard so that youll be able to support the new buldozer processors when they come out. Someone correct me if im wrong but i believe the 890-fx will be supported.

*edit* where are you looking at buying from the 2500k can be had for only $40 more than the 1090t if you can afford the extra $40 do the 2500k and 570 route tongue.gif
Edited by racer86 - 5/27/11 at 9:32am
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I am confused as to how the $35 price difference in CPU allows you to buy a $100 more expensive graphics card. Nonetheless if you will be using this rig for gaming then the one 1090t and the gtx 570 should be the better option(unless you are playing sc2 which seems to really like the SB architecture).
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For gaming, a higher clocked quad-core and a 560 Ti will be significantly better than a 3.2ghz AMD 1090T and a 570. No games will use the extra 2 cores on the 1090T, so there's nothing to warrant getting it. And, the higher 560 Ti's almost reach 570 performance/speed.

This is assuming the Sandy-Bridge QC would be clocked higher than 3.2ghz.

Also, all of this is factoring in you'll be using stock speeds on the procs.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 5/27/11 at 9:30am
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Go with the i5/560 combo.

In gaming benchmarks, the i5 usually destroys Phenom II's by a good 15-30fps per game anyway. You won't make up that difference between a 560 and a 570.
Edited by hyujmn - 5/27/11 at 9:31am
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I'd go for a GTX 570 over a 560Ti if those were your only options. A 1090T will be totally adequate for gaming (really don't even need the 6 core)....
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2500K and 560ti easy. Not even a second thought to the other.
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I am confused as to how the $35 price difference in CPU allows you to buy a $100 more expensive graphics card. Nonetheless if you will be using this rig for gaming then the one 1090t and the gtx 570 should be the better option(unless you are playing sc2 which seems to really like the SB architecture).

Um, the 2500k will be better in any game, and SC2 just prefers any of the ix processors because they are faster. It's not really a mystery.

You should be able to get the 560 overclocked to perform at 570(stock) levels. Unless you are running a crazy resolution, have ridiculous expectations, or need super high AA in everything, a 6870/560 ti will be good enough for most at 1080p and down.
     
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IMO... Get a Phenom 955 and a really good GPU...

People overrate CPU's SOOOO Much for gaming.

I went from a i7 920/HD4890 at 4Ghz to a Phenom 955/HD5850 at 4Ghz and I got a pretty big increase in performance in games. Obviously the Intel offerings stomp AMD when it comes to rendering but if you're not rendering put more money into a better videocard.

Maybe if you get a 955 You could even get a 580? It'd yield much better results than the i5/560 and would NOT be a bottlneck (people toss that word around way too much)You can find 955's for $109 on NCIX... It's really crazy how good the price/performance is.

ALSO. 6-cores for gaming are pointless in my opinion... The 1050T/1090T are essentially just 955's with 2 cores tacked on (more cache because each core has it's own cache).. Sure you can say "Well I'll futureproof myself!1!!", but honestly by the time 6-cores become relevant in coming/applications, there will be much better processors.

For the CPU's its really like this... you get 115FPS in games instead of 120... but if you put the money you save from getting a slightly worse CPU and invest in a GPU.. it's more beneficial overall.

I'm right. listen to me.

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Edited by ZainyAntics - 5/27/11 at 9:41am
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I edited the original post to give you guys more info about why I'm having a hard time making the decision.
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