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post #1 of 95
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Hi all,

I'm currently planning on a new gaming rig. I really wanted to build one around the ROG Crosshair V Formula board, I love the way it looks, and ROg boards are just WIN I think.

I was all set to get this board and a 965 BE as a place holder for BD, but then people said I should go Sandy Bridge. Now I can't deny that in bench marks, Sandy Bridge gives the current AMD chips a hiding, but some things still make me a little uncomfortable.

Forstly, the ROG board is only R400.00 more than a basic P67/Z67 board, and of course it has way more to offer. For that kind of pricing the ROG makes sense being an ebthusiast board at a similar price to an Intel mainstream board.

As for performance, I know an X4 965 loses to Sandy Bridge, but will my gaming really be bad if I pair it with a Radeon 6970? Bare in mind this would be a place holder for bulldozerwich of course we hope will be at least equal to sandy bridge.

The thing that makes my choice hard is that components cost a lot of money here, and so I really don't want to waste money, but I also can't ignore how expensive an intel platform is when you look at the features an intel board and AMD noard of the same price come with.

Will the gaming experience really differ dramatically, to the point where it's very noticable if I go with an X4 965 over an i5 2500, and will Bulldozer be worth waiting for?
post #2 of 95
Firstly, I wouldn't say it's a waste.
It's good for someone that is on a budget.
But you can't deny that SB is on top right now.

And TBH. Nothing is really known about BD to give a definitive answer.
post #3 of 95
with just one 6970 it is not really a bad match up...once you start to get in to multi gpu setups the phenom II is going to have a bit harder time keeping up

most games i don't think you would notice a difference
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Bulldozer comes out this September.
No one here knows how well it performs (except the people under NDA).

It's up to you if you want to wait.
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A waste? Doubtfully... it'll keep up just fine. Honestly you won't notice THAT much of a difference. But SB is definitely on top, but for the price.. for me atleast it just wasn't worth it. My 1090T keeps me more than happy.

If I were you I'd wait for BD, for all we know it will be the next amazing thing. Or a flop (hope not :/ )
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Get AMD, at least you can use all of the overclocking features and have as much RAM voltage as you want
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I think for either camp getting a high end board like that (unless you need something you can't get with a lower end board *dunno what that would be*) while getting only a single gpu makes no sense at all.
    
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Right now I really can't afford a Crossfire 6970 setup, in fact the 6970 is right at my budget limit, but I'm happy that it'll deliver what I pay for so that's at least a bonus.

I know BD is an unknown, I just was wondering what others in my position would do. My main concern is price, something that costs the American guys $200 can end up costing me nearly R3000.00 depending onw what the R/$ dollar does!
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There's nothing wrong with AMD chips.

They are not as far behind as reviews make them out to be when over clocked.

Most sites that show over clocked results do not over clock the north bridge at all which is wrong as over clocking the north bridge makes more a difference then overclocking the CPU itself does.

Sandy Bridge is very nice but I personally refuse to buy a brand new platform in the year 2011 that can't offer SLI/CF at x16/x16. I know it's because Intel moved the PCIEX lanes onto the CPU die but's it's still unacceptable.
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared View Post
I think for either camp getting a high end board like that (unless you need something you can't get with a lower end board *dunno what that would be*) while getting only a single gpu makes no sense at all.
I'm going to have to agree
If there are no plans to go multi GPU, grab a lower end 970 chipset board - save your cash.

I have no plans to grab a second GPU, but I got my 990XA board because it was on sale.
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