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post #21 of 33
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Honestly you could go either way but you'll get the best bang for your buck from an AMD build. AMD Phenom II X4 965's are going for about 135 bucks on the egg which is a damn good bargain. Pair that up with a reasonable AM3/AM3+ board and you're golden.

You could just as easily go the Intel route with a 2500 but that's another 70 bucks that could be invested elsewhere.
Yeah if this was a tweeker machine for me i would go 2600k and overclock the ish out of time but my dad don't know how to maintain a computer. I will have to be all over him to dust it and keep it clean. Thats why i'm building the parts for reliabilty and power within my budget. I've got a pretty solid build i think. I'm heavily leaning toward the x4 980 and my current board which is AM3/AM3+ and dual 16x PCI-e slots.
post #22 of 33
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Yeah i was going to go with 8gb or ram as it's only like 70 bucks and a 6950 and crossfiring them later.
there you go

I don't even have crossfire. Your father is a lucky man!
post #23 of 33
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Given his gaming habits though will he ever need 8GB? I don't come close to using my 6GB even when gaming and multitasking.
He will multitask like crazy but he won't need more then 6gb or ram but it's so cheap why not.
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Yeah i was going to go with 8gb or ram as it's only like 70 bucks and a 6950 and crossfiring them later.
I would stay away from crossfire unless you are ready to provide assistance when something doesn't work right. Crossfire and SLI are both more prone to issues than a single GPU.
    
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there you go

I don't even have crossfire. Your father is a lucky man!
I'm going to buy two for myself when i order his as well and replace my xfire 5830's.
post #26 of 33
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I would stay away from crossfire unless you are ready to provide assistance when something doesn't work right. Crossfire and SLI are both more prone to issues than a single GPU.
I haven't ever had a problem that wasn't just downloading a cap or disableing crossfire for a certain game. He can handle that. LOL but thanks.
post #27 of 33
A stock 2500k will wipe the floor with a x4 980, "in gaming"

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=362
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A stock 2500k will wipe the floor with a x4 980, "in gaming"

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=362
Ahh, there it is. I found the 2400 vs. 980 comparison, but couldn't find the 2500k one.
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post #29 of 33
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Ahh, there it is. I found the 2400 vs. 980 comparison, but couldn't find the 2500k one.
Yeah, it's a fact

Not that the 980 is bad IMO. It's just that SB is so good

When I tested my SB against my Q9650. I found it was 30% faster clock for clock!
And so, a 2500k at 3.7GHz is like a Q9650 at about 5GHz
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post #30 of 33
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Yeah, it's a fact

Not that the 980 is bad IMO. It's just that SB is so good

When I tested my SB against my Q9650. I found it was 30% faster clock for clock!
And so, a 2500k at 3.7GHz is like a Q9650 at about 5GHz
okay so SD beats it. Now I know we haven't seen anything on BD yet but do you think that BD will be worthy if not better then SD. Should I risk slightly less performance from that chip knowing i will upgrade in a year to something superior or equal.
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