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I was wondering what everybody thought would be the best build. I just pland on surfing the net and major gaming and would like the best performance and graphic settings.

Intel build

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

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LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3

Windows 7 Home Premium


AMD build

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+

MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

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LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3

Windows 7 Home Premium
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post #2 of 17
The 2500k will definitely be the best. But more expensive.
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The Intel one would be better. At stock speeds, the 2500k would beat it in most every category. OC'd it would blow the 1090T out of the water altogether.
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Right now, the Sandy Bridge build for sure.

However, it's possible that Bulldozer will either be as good as or better than Sandy Bridge.

(by the way, the HX850 is major overkill for this either build)
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by himynamesnoah View Post
The 2500k will definitely be the best. But more expensive.
QFT.

Definitely the route you should go. $50 more or however much it is, is a small price to pay for how insanely powerful the 2500K is and how easy they are to overclock. Easy overclock to ~4.5ghz on them apparently. I think you would be more "future proofed" as well with the 2500k over the 1090T.

Looking at your AMD build, are you planning on going the BD route when they are released? Bulldozer should be decent but I would either just build the 2500K now or wait a couple months and build around the new AMD processors, rather than having to go through the trouble to replace the 1090T down the road.
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Right now, the Sandy Bridge build for sure.

However, it's possible that Bulldozer will either be as good as or better than Sandy Bridge.

(by the way, the HX850 is major overkill for this either build)
That's the second time I heard that about the hx850 but I want to make sure I don't need to change anything for when I may add more video cards or other accessories later. If it is still overkill what would you recommend?

Plus thanks to everybody else's opinion about which build. I might build the sandy bridge but it will be a few months so my wait and see what bulldozer will do. Thanks for all the quick feedback

Also have never ever over clocked a computer before so don't know if I will start but it does sound like something fun to do. Just don't want to mess up my computer lol. Sandy bridge is still the best build if keeping everything stock and not over clock anything?
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post #7 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by stonecoldvenom View Post
That's the second time I heard that about the hx850 but I want to make sure I don't need to change anything for when I may add more video cards or other accessories later. If it is still overkill what would you recommend?
The HX850 has a large enough capacity to power either build with two overclocked 6970s in it. I want to say 3, but I think some people might tell me that overclocking the 6900 series makes them consume a lot more power than I think. So I'll just say two 6970s and not 3.

If you were to stay with a single 6970 but add other components, then a quality 550-650W power supply is enough (if overclocking the 6970). If don't overclock the 6970 but instead you only overclock the CPU, then a quality 550W power supply is plenty.

So with a maximum PSU budget of the price of the HX850, here are my recommendations (modular PSUs only, of course):


I was on a roll, so I just kept going right on into the ~750W units.


Quote:
Originally Posted by stonecoldvenom View Post
Plus thanks to everybody else's opinion about which build. I might build the sandy bridge but it will be a few months so my wait and see what bulldozer will do. Thanks for all the quick feedback

Also have never ever over clocked a computer before so don't know if I will start but it does sound like something fun to do. Just don't want to mess up my computer lol. Sandy bridge is still the best build if keeping everything stock and not over clock anything?
Overclocking Sandy Bridge is extremely easy. Some enthusiasts are even complaining about how easy it is. I guess they're complaining because Sandy Bridge makes overclocking accessible to more people, so now we're a little less elite.

So, you won't mess it up. In fact, you'd have to put a great deal of effort into messing your computer up in order to successfully mess it up. You'd have to concentrate on messing it up for a few days before you finally succeeded in messing it up. Although, it's kind of hard to mess it up, so you wouldn't succeed (plus, we wouldn't let you mess it up).
Edited by TwoCables - 7/31/11 at 11:53pm
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The Sandy Bridge is the best for price / performance ratio. It is well worth it to invest in the SB
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
The HX850 has a large enough capacity to power either build with two overclocked 6970s in it. I want to say 3, but I think some people might tell me that overclocking the 6900 series makes them consume a lot more power than I think. So I'll just say two 6970s and not 3.

If you were to stay with a single 6970 but add other components, then a quality 550-650W power supply is enough (if overclocking the 6970). If don't overclock the 6970 but instead you only overclock the CPU, then a quality 550W power supply is plenty.

So with a maximum PSU budget of the price of the HX850, here are my recommendations (modular PSUs only, of course):


I was on a roll, so I just kept going right on into the ~750W units.



Overclocking Sandy Bridge is extremely easy. Some enthusiasts are even complaining about how easy it is. I guess they're complaining because Sandy Bridge makes overclocking accessible to more people, so now we're a little less elite.

So, you won't mess it up. In fact, you'd have to put a great deal of effort into messing your computer up in order to successfully mess it up. You'd have to concentrate on messing it up for a few days before you finally succeeded in messing it up. Although, it's kind of hard to mess it up, so you wouldn't succeed (plus, we wouldn't let you mess it up).


WOW thanks for all the help I may just downgrade the psu to either the corsair 650 or 750 watt since you say that will be enough. Even if adding water cooling at some point?
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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by stonecoldvenom View Post
WOW thanks for all the help I may just downgrade the psu to either the corsair 650 or 750 watt since you say that will be enough. Even if adding water cooling at some point?
Absolutely! It would be just a small addition, like approximately 25W or maybe slightly more.

Although if you were to get a 2nd 6970, then what are the chances you'd overclock both cards?
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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