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Core i7 vs Phenom II X4, The Showdown

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Between these two rigs, which one would be the best for gaming? I've narrowed it down tremendously; choosing the i7 860 from the last showdown and pitting it against and AMD rig. It was a pretty tedious process. I plan on purchasing the i7 860 from microcenter lowering the cost of the it by $80. And I plan on purchasing a Venomous X from SVC.com raising the cost of the AMD by $20.


Intel Core i7 860 Gaming Rig - $1259

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Gaming Rig - $1324
post #2 of 9
I would go with i7 860 build. It's cheaper, performs better clock for clock and if your getting a Megahalem with the i7 build there is no need for Venomous X because it barely cools any better.
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1366 or go home. 1156 is like buying a mustang with a V6. yea you look good, kinda pepey, but when a big dog rolls around, you still get your butt whooped.

With that said I say go 965BE
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I've been hearing that the i7 860 is near to performance to the i7 920, and beats it in a couple of benchmarks. How exactly is an 1366 rig better? The upcoming 6 core processors will cost around $1000, just for the processor. I don't really have that much money to spend. Even a regular i7 920 rig in total costs around $1500.
post #5 of 9
Why did you get 8gbs ram for the AMD and 4gbs for the intel? And why did you get an amd 790-fx board if you're not cfx'ing? That makes a good $200dollar difference that could be used on a video card upgrade, to a 5870 with a good cooler or a 480. I vote for the AMD for a gaming system, for gaming the cpu barely matters at all and clock for clock the phenom's and i7's will trade blows in most games. If you are into encoding or something similar go for the i7.
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Yea, why are you purchasing more ram on AMD build than on Intel build. Don't go to 1156 motherboards. 6-cores are on 1366 sockets just in case you wish to upgrade down the road. The only advantage AMD has over Intel is that it is cheaper than it and runs almost on par with it during gameplay, and since your Intel build is cheaper go for Intel.
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post #7 of 9
If you want to save money, get 4GB ram instead of 8GB ram on the AMD.
Edited by Riou - 3/29/10 at 1:43pm
post #8 of 9
On both setups you should select better motherboards, Also there are much better cases to get for under $100, Perhaps one from Coolermaster or Antec. 8GB of ram is a waste your better off with 4GB and using the money elsewhere.

Other then that the choices seem okay.

If you can afford it go with Intel, they are better performers. Be aware Intel motherboards cost a premium for the nice ones which usually cost $250-$400. The AMD equivalent is usually $150-$200.

Also Intel changes sockets, like you change your oil. AMD usually takes a few years before they change sockets.
post #9 of 9
I think you should go with the AMD build, maybe with a cheaper RAM kit and an upgrade to a 5870. AMD six cores for the AM3 socket are on the way and supposedly under $300.
    
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