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Hello all,

I am currently saving some money to build my first system. I have been doing a lot of research and have put together two possible builds: one AMD and one Intel. I believe that the Intel build would benchmark higher than the AMD build, but I'm not so sure that I will see any noticable real-world performance difference. I plan on using the computer as a gaming pc, but also for schoolwork. Here's the two builds I've cooked up so far:

Intel:
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 ($294.99)
MoBo: Asus P6X58D Premium ($269.99)
RAM: Corsair Dominator 12GB ($249.99)
SSD: Intel 120GB X25-M ($229.99)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB ($87.99)
Video Card: EVGA nVidia GeForce 470 ($249.99) *SLI upgrade eventually
Case: Raven RV02 ($159.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX1000 ($219.99)
Optical Drive: DVD Burner ($25)
TOTAL: ($1787.92)

AMD:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ($229.99)
MoBo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO ($98.99)
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB ($114.99)
SSD: Intel 120GB X25-M ($229.99)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB ($87.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 ($369.99)*Crossfire upgrade eventually
Case: Raven RV02 ($159.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX1000 ($219.99)
Optical Drive: DVD Burner ($25)
TOTAL: ($1536.92)

So I'd essentially be saving $200 with the AMD rig. I would like for this computer to last me 5 or 6 years without any major upgrades. Please let me know if you think the extra $200 is worth the performance I would get from the Intel machine. Also please let me know if there are areas where I'm wasting money on hardware that won't really give me much performance gain.

Some areas I've considered trimming a little fat:
Lower version of the i7 (like the i7-930)
Cheaper MoBo (I like the features of the P6X58D, but am not sure it's worth the money)
Less RAM (I know I don't need 8 or 12 GB, but I may need that much in the future. 1GB used to be huge and now 4GB is pretty standard. Might as well fork over the extra now and avoid the upgrade later. idk)
Smaller PSU.

Any advice would be much appreciated!!! Thank you!
    
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120GB Corsair SSD, 1TB WD Caviar Black Blu-Ray Burner, DVD Burner Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Edition 2x Asus 23.6" LCD Monitors 
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Originally Posted by Stellis_Aequus_Durando View Post
Hello all,

I am currently saving some money to build my first system. I have been doing a lot of research and have put together two possible builds: one AMD and one Intel. I believe that the Intel build would benchmark higher than the AMD build, but I'm not so sure that I will see any noticable real-world performance difference. I plan on using the computer as a gaming pc, but also for schoolwork. Here's the two builds I've cooked up so far:

Intel:
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 ($294.99)
MoBo: Asus P6X58D Premium ($269.99)
RAM: Corsair Dominator 12GB ($249.99)
SSD: Intel 120GB X25-M ($229.99)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB ($87.99)
Video Card: EVGA nVidia GeForce 470 ($249.99) *SLI upgrade eventually
Case: Raven RV02 ($159.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX1000 ($219.99)
Optical Drive: DVD Burner ($25)
TOTAL: ($1787.92)

AMD:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ($229.99)
MoBo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO ($98.99)
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB ($114.99)
SSD: Intel 120GB X25-M ($229.99)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB ($87.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 ($369.99)*Crossfire upgrade eventually
Case: Raven RV02 ($159.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX1000 ($219.99)
Optical Drive: DVD Burner ($25)
TOTAL: ($1536.92)

So I'd essentially be saving $200 with the AMD rig. I would like for this computer to last me 5 or 6 years without any major upgrades. Please let me know if you think the extra $200 is worth the performance I would get from the Intel machine. Also please let me know if there are areas where I'm wasting money on hardware that won't really give me much performance gain.

Some areas I've considered trimming a little fat:
Lower version of the i7 (like the i7-930)
Cheaper MoBo (I like the features of the P6X58D, but am not sure it's worth the money)
Less RAM (I know I don't need 8 or 12 GB, but I may need that much in the future. 1GB used to be huge and now 4GB is pretty standard. Might as well fork over the extra now and avoid the upgrade later. idk)
Smaller PSU.

Any advice would be much appreciated!!! Thank you!
1. You don't need 12GB of memory now. Get 6 now and it'll be cheaper to buy it in the future if you want more.
2. Sandy Bridge is 18 days away. There's no point in even thinking about 1366 anymore when its released.
3. You don't need an X6 or Hyperthreading if your just going to be gaming.


Here's a good setup for you...

Core I5 2500K - 229.99
Gigabyte P67 UD5 - 199.99
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 2000 - 79.99
SSD you want is fine - 229.99
WD Black is fine - 87.99
EVGA GTX 570 - 349.99
Case is meh but it's all up to you. I like the Antec 1200. Tried and True - 159.99
XFX 850W Black Silver - 149.99
DVD burner - 19.99

Total : 1497.91

Sandy Bridge will be released in 18 days and the rig i just put together for you will blow away an X6.
Edited by Jean-Luc - 12/22/10 at 12:21pm
    
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post #3 of 5
If you have the money, go with the Intel build.
The price on that X25 SSD is meh as well for only 120GB.
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I agree with Jean-luc, wait for sandy bridge
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Well between the 2 there really isnt going to be much of a difference at high res gaming. The gpu will be limited before the cpu will be (Most Cases, there are some exceptions). The only real issue I see with the AMD build is why go with a high end cpu and a lower end board? Why not just get the Crosshair IV (Formula or Extreme)? Its easily the best AMD board out.
 
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