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post #1 of 19
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Well I recently created 2 builds. One Intel, the other AMD. Which would you prefer and why. The AMD totals out at $1,700 and the Intel at $2,000. Which seems like the better option, performance wise?


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post #2 of 19
I like that you could do a xfire 5870 setup with the AMD build for ~$100 more than the Intel rig.:

EDIT: You could actually save some money with less expensive RAM and maybe a cheaper CPU cooler. Then you could get a xfire 5870/AMD setup for less than $2000.
Edited by Frosty88 - 3/21/10 at 9:33am
post #3 of 19
Just strictly performance wise, the Intel will outperform the AMD. Benches will support this. What do you want to do with your rig?
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I plan on going for high quality gaming. How exactly does the Intel beat the AMD. Wouldn't the 8 GB ram overtake the 6 GB ram. And does triple channel really have that much prowess?
post #5 of 19
What do you use your computer for?

If it's mostly gaming, then the AMD build is no doubt a better price/performance choice. 8gb vs 6gb ram, no brainer.

If you use your computer for any type of work that can make use of HyperThreading - then the Intel build might be a better value for you.
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post #6 of 19
AMD build would be a better choice for gaming. If you plan on doing more cpu intensive things get the Intel.

I would go AMD though, spend the difference on another 5870 to xfire if you really want the best gaming experience.
    
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post #7 of 19
If you did crossfire in the AMD machine and you're running 1080p or better, it will be the better gaming rig. Otherwise, it's all intel all day long.

What res are you gaming at?
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post #8 of 19
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Im gaming at 1900x1200. So HD is where im at. So in theory, if I'm mainly going to game i'd go with the AMD, but if I need to work on other things, such as Photoshop, I would use the Intel? Does crossfire really deliver? Or would i just go with a 5970? And for the AMD should I go with (4x2) or (2x4)?
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Psychedelic View Post
And for the AMD should I go with (4x2) or (2x4)?
I always see the same advice- less memory sticks is less stressful on the memory controller and more likely to give you a higher overclock.

Of course with the Black Edition processor, you get more flexibility- you can change the cpu multiplier and not push the memory as hard.
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post #10 of 19
dude your so over paying there for both rigs you could get the price down to about $1200 if you really wanted to so you could get some better componets like a second gpu
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