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i5 vs 955be - 2 example builds... which should I choose? ~$1000 budget

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Here's a build I posted in the AMD logs forum along with one I put together using an i5. The computer will be used for gaming and pretty heavy computing with photoshop, dreamweaver, notepad++, and a bunch of firefox windows all going at the same time. This is my first build in around 4 years so please let me know what you think and what I should change!

INTEL BUILD:
i5 750
MSI P55-GD80
XFX 5770
Gskills Ripjaw 4GB
Corsair 750tx
WD Caviar 500GB
Antec 900

AMD BUILD:
955BE
ASUS M4A79T
XFX 5770
Corsair Dominator 4GB
Corsair 750tx
WD Caviar 500GB
Antec 900

Similar builds just different CPU, Mobo, and RAM. I'll be ordering one of these in the next day or so. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 8
theyre both the same really, but I'd go with the i5 build. it'll be worth it since you use photoshop... good luck
    
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post #3 of 8
If the price is the same go Intel no doubt about it.
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post #4 of 8
The i5 is what I'd choose.

I've recently changed from a 620HX to a 750TX myself and I just want to say I will never do without a modular PSU again. If you put a 750HX on the AMD I'd switch my choice.
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post #5 of 8
The difference between your builds is about $20
(Though you could save another $30 if you got this RAM for the AMD build instead of overpriced dominators)

Go i5 if you plan on sticking with your current build.
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post #6 of 8
I say i5/P55, you can go crossfire or SLI.
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post #7 of 8
for longevity i say AMD. reason being we don't know if there is an upgrade path for i5 yet, but it looks like Bulldozer chips can fit into AM3, and for sure, AMD's Thuban (6-core) chips will be able to.

for power consumption, though, you can't beat the i5, and it has turbo mode and does really well in games, too.

it comes down to preference really though. either way, you will do well.

i would go with an Antec 900 2 though. cable management holes, (more useful since you aren't going modular) and it's not much more.

also, look for combo deals on all items you will buy. i just found this deal that will save you $25 if you go AMD.

also, go with Sapphire on the gfx cards, and save $15 (better, but uglier cooler though).
Edited by -iceblade^ - 12/5/09 at 4:22pm
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post #8 of 8
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Okay I've taken what each of you has said into account and I think this is what I'll be going with...

AMD Phenom 955BE and ASUS mobo COMBO - saves $25
Since I'm going with the HX below...

Corsair 750HX and Sapphire 5770 COMBO - saves $35
Got the modular PSU and Sapphire and save $$...

And the GSkill RAM mentioned by slowend.

Thanks for your advice everyone!
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