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post #31 of 66
Real life applications are also not relevant to this conversation.

To put this thread to bed.

AMD does not offer anything to trade blows with 4 and 6 core i7s. They only offer a less expensive and usable alternative. It is up to you to make your own financial decisions.

1155 is a dead socket, however Piledriver and Steamroller will be AM3+. Unless Microcenter has a combo deal with a 890FX or better chipset, don't buy one. I personally wouldn't buy anything lower than a 970A.

I also always say, do not buy a Bulldozer if you do not plan on overclocking to it's max. Zambezi @ 4.8Ghz is just shy of the single-threaded performance of an i3-2100.
Edited by S.M. - 9/27/12 at 8:59pm
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Get her a 3930K and she will forever love you!
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Well the Microcenter in overland park has this motherboard for $17 dollars!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795


FOR $17 on a clearance cart..so if your in Kansas City that should convince you..LOL. I picked one up. If your building something for someone who's not tech savvy - don't break the bank!


I built a Quad Core A6-3650 system for my brothers father for $300 and he said it's faster than anything he's ever used and he actually paid me $125 after I built it for him. Benchmarks don't matter for the average joe/jane - REAL LIFE PERFORMANCE DOES. Less money on components means more money for peripherals.
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 9/27/12 at 9:21pm
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Okay though, so what would AMD offer that would compete against the potential 2700k. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What's the best bundle value here?
If i'm going to spend 200+ on a CPU, I don't want it to just be comparable to an i5. I got myself an i5 2550k in January for 160 bucks from microcenter, not planning on paying more for less.
So what is the best CPU AMD has for 3dsMax? How does that compare to an Intel offering? Do either of these CPU companies handle large amounts of ram better than the other?

1 or more of these bad boys tongue.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113040
Edited by Ironman517 - 9/27/12 at 9:15pm
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post #35 of 66
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Get her a 3930K and she will forever love you!

haha if it was that easy

Thanks a lot guys for the input. I just don't wanna make a purchase then come back to the forums and realize that I overlooked something.
I appreciate all the help smile.gif

I feel like the i7 is the solid choice here (unfortunately they don't have the 2600k in stock so I have to buy the 2700k instead)

but at least I'll be getting her an AMD 7950 smile.gif (shappire for sure)
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post #36 of 66
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haha if it was that easy
Thanks a lot guys for the input. I just don't wanna make a purchase then come back to the forums and realize that I overlooked something.
I appreciate all the help smile.gif
I feel like the i7 is the solid choice here (unfortunately they don't have the 2600k in stock so I have to buy the 2700k instead)
but at least I'll be getting her an AMD 7950 smile.gif (shappire for sure)

Do you still get the discount off of the mobo with the 2700k? if not you should grab her a 3770k + mobo so you can get he $50 off
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Do you still get the discount off of the mobo with the 2700k? if not you should grab her a 3770k + mobo so you can get he $50 off

that will be something I'll have to find out in person. I thought it was any sandybridge or something. we'll see tongue.gif
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Everyone keeps shouting about how horrible the socket changes are, but I feel like more than half the value of each generation is in the chipset and improvements to the motherboards. Current processors are very fast, but data exchange is the bottleneck. Everyone says SSD's make night and day difference, well that is working on the data exchange problem. Each generation makes massive improvements to the chipset features and performance and I will gladly upgrade my motherboard every time to get the most performance from the fastest data exchange. Z77 is worlds better than P67 and has significant improvements over Z68 in overall performance.

Processors are not the biggest bottleneck in modern workstations. I don't want to be stuck on AM3+, using a board with 3 year old tech that is holding back the latest greatest processor cause it can't hand it data fast enough.
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Everyone keeps shouting about how horrible the socket changes are, but I feel like more than half the value of each generation is in the chipset and improvements to the motherboards. Current processors are very fast, but data exchange is the bottleneck. Everyone says SSD's make night and day difference, well that is working on the data exchange problem. Each generation makes massive improvements to the chipset features and performance and I will gladly upgrade my motherboard every time to get the most performance from the fastest data exchange. Z77 is worlds better than P67 and has significant improvements over Z68 in overall performance.
Processors are not the biggest bottleneck in modern workstations. I don't want to be stuck on AM3+, using a board with 3 year old tech that is holding back the latest greatest processor cause it can't hand it data fast enough.

I disagree completely. My last board was a DDR2 GA-MA790X-​UD4P. DDR2 memory, 790 chipset, Dead technology.

But it ran my x6 thuban just fine thumb.gif Never had a problem with it holding back my processor.
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People buy AMD because it can do everything an i7 can do at seemingly similar speeds, and do so at a fraction of the cost. If you have money to burn, get the i7. I didn't see any mention of your girlfriend wanting to bench her computer, so the only real world differences between the two will be the price. I once bought into the hype that the differences between the two platforms were night and day, and I was thoroughly disappointed to find that, like others have mentioned, I couldn't tell the difference.

I personally would only buy an i7 if I was going to run 2 or more high end GPU's, but at the moment, my 8120 does everything I need it to do at no noticeable differences than my neighbors 2600k. THAT, and I simply don't have the kind of budget you do, nor does my sugar-momma wink.gif
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