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post #1 of 14
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First, here are the two builds I'm looking at:
1)
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
-AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX

2)
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
-GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


So first question, which build is better? The intel or AMD one?

Secondly, which card would best complement each build. I'm looking between a GTX 570, and a HD6950. If you could, when you state which card, can you include manufacture because I can't decide for either GPU either.

And if anything should be altered in the above builds to make them better, please let me know.
post #2 of 14
Another one? Oh well, I would personally go with build 2, try to squeeze in an SSD and the GTX 570, either an Asus DCUII or MSI TFII if you pick up a good case. The 6950 is a good card but will not compete with a 570 until you look at CF vs SLI as the 6950's scale better.
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The 570 is slightly better than the 6950 and that Intel chip is definitely better at stock.
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The second build is better unless you are doing super heavy duty multi threaded applications. i5 2500k is one of if not the best gaming CPU available.

I personally would get a GTX 570. Alternatively, you could get its AMD counterpart, the 6970.
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post #5 of 14
I'd go with the Intel build. Just make sure it is fully compatible with all of Intel's future chipsets coming out.

Might cost more up-front but from the looks of things it'll probably be a smarter choice upgrade wise...

I personally wish I got an i5 w/ a far cheaper board instead of one with a whole bunch of things i'll never be able to use(quad 8x pci for example...)

I'll leave specific GPU recommendations to people that actually have 'em.
Edited by Ryleh - 11/4/11 at 7:06pm
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Intel build, no questions asked.

At stock = Better.
Overclocked = Even better.
 
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Personally I'd go with build one as in my Personal experience the I5 and the X6 Thuban are about tied in performance with the Thuban coming in a tad cheaper. However if you don't care about budget go Intel.

Tips:
Change the motherboard, MSI doesn't exactly have a good track record when it comes to motherboard longevity, Go with a Asus or Gigabyte board (Id go with an Asus Sabertooth personally)

As for the GPU if you're on a budget it would be nice to know but my two choices are as follows:

Budget GPU: Either a GTX560Ti @$230 or GTX 570 @$325
(If you can grab a recertified GTX480 for $300 I'd get that as those are better than a GTX570 For around the same price range and "will" compete with a GTX580 quite well)

High Budget GPU: Grab a GTX580 MSI Lightning if you can or an ASUS ENGTX580
Edited by Fateful_Ikkou - 11/4/11 at 7:14pm
post #8 of 14
i would recommend the intel build which i would over clock and i would get the 570. evga has a great warranty and fans
post #9 of 14
I'd go with the i5 2500K build. It'll be faster at stock unless you are using heavily threaded apps, will clock higher and be faster in gaming.

I previously Had an AMD 1100T along with an Asus Crosshair V Formula OC'd to 4Ghz but recently switched it out and picked up an i7 2600K and an Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z OC'd to 4.6GHz.


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post #10 of 14
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Thanks for the replies all.

How are the the Zotac 570s? I ended up going with this build to see what it would come out to, which is about $1080 after MIBs.

-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARX 750GB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-ZOTAC ZT-50203-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (How is this board?)
-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Totaling $1,121.91 with shipping, and $1086.91 after the rebates.

Not going to lie, that's a lot of firepower for ~$1100. It's a tiny bit over my budget, but I have a feeling it's worth it. I'll have to wait on the SSD, Thailand getting flooded really shot up the prices of drives.
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