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Hi!

I just need advice on a build to a friend of mine. He doesn't want to wait.

I am torn between these two setups:

Number 1:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912+ with Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm fan at top
Mobo: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
CPU cooler: Cooler Master V6GT
Graphics: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6850
RAM: 4 Gb. Kingston HyperX 1600 Mhz. CL9
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb. 7200rpm
Optical drive: He already owns one
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 700W
Monitor: ACER V243HAOBD 24IN WIDE TFT (24" FULL HD)
Extra: Cooler Master SickleFlow RED LED fan for side intake

Number 2:
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912+ with Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm fan at top
Mobo: ASUS M4N98TD EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
CPU cooler: Cooler Master V6GT
Graphics: 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 460
RAM: 4 Gb. Kingston HyperX 1600 Mhz. CL9
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb. 7200rpm
Optical drive: He already owns one
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 700W
Monitor: ACER V243HAOBD 24IN WIDE TFT (24" FULL HD)
Extra: Cooler Master SickleFlow RED LED fan for side intake


It's only advice on THESE two builds. I don't need anyone to tell me to change something in either of them, since that is not an option.

Don't tell me to go Sandy Bridge either

What say you? Which setup is best?


Thanks!
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 2/16/11 at 5:06am
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1st build but with diff mobo and 6850
here's a nice combo ASUS M4A79XTD EVO+ASUS EAH6850 214$ AR+promo code
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1st build but with diff mobo and 6850
here's a nice combo ASUS M4A79XTD EVO+ASUS EAH6850 214$ AR+promo code
Thanks for your input.

I might be able to change mobo in the 1st build, and still go CrossFire 6850.


I live in Denmark, so everything from newegg or amazon, or anything else from outside the country will not work. It's too expensive in shipping.


So again: Which of my two builds are the best?

And isn't the 890GX mobo better than the 790X?
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post #4 of 26
number 1 good sir.....6850 in cfx=better performance
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Thanks for your input.

I might be able to change mobo in the 1st build, and still go CrossFire 6850.


I live in Denmark, so everything from newegg or amazon, or anything else from outside the country will not work. It's too expensive in shipping.


So again: Which of my two builds are the best?

And isn't the 890GX mobo better than the 790X?
oh i see , regarding mobo depends how is sata 3 and usb 3 of use to you\\your friend other then that the 790X mobo has 8+2 power phase , CF x8x8 good heatsinks , fair price combined with a 6850 CF its more power efficient then GTX 460 SLI which leaves you plenty of room to overclock both cards and a tad faster in some games .
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post #7 of 26
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number 1 good sir.....6850 in cfx=better performance
So it'll be better performance over the SLI GTX 460?

Quote:
Originally Posted by IOSEFINI View Post
1st build
thanks for you input

Quote:
Originally Posted by RabbitGT View Post
oh i see , regarding mobo depends how is sata 3 and usb 3 of use to you\\your friend other then that the 790X mobo has 8+2 power phase , CF x8x8 good heatsinks , fair price combined with a 6850 CF its more power efficient then GTX 460 SLI which leaves you plenty of room to overclock both cards and a tad faster in some games .
I don't think he realizes there even is something out called USB3 and SATA3, but I would like to give him the best performance, so I don't look stupid

Well, the 790X is cheaper here than the 890GX, so which would be better?

So you really think I should go AMD Phenom II X4 955 and Radeon 6850 crossfire?

I'm an Intel/nVidia guy myself, so this will be my first AMD build
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post #8 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by WhitePrQjser View Post
So it'll be better performance over the SLI GTX 460?



thanks for you input



I don't think he realizes there even is something out called USB3 and SATA3, but I would like to give him the best performance, so I don't look stupid

Well, the 790X is cheaper here than the 890GX, so which would be better?

So you really think I should go AMD Phenom II X4 955 and Radeon 6850 crossfire?

I'm an Intel/nVidia guy myself, so this will be my first AMD build
yes the 6850 cfx will out perform the 460 sli. and i would recommend the 890 just for future proofing. also if your an intel guy why not an intel build?
post #9 of 26
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yes the 6850 cfx will out perform the 460 sli. and i would recommend the 890 just for future proofing. also if your an intel guy why not an intel build?
Whether I choose the 890 or the 790, it'll still be cheaper than the GTX 460 build.

Why not Intel? Well, I'm no fan boy

I mean, I wen't with price/performance, and in hindsight, I might have been better of choosing AMD myself, but I was stubborn.

I'm beginning to love AMD more and more, since their price/performance ratio is off the charts, and I want my buddy to feel that he's got a power house for a small price.

I myself have the i5 2500K and 2x GTX 460, but I'm slightly disappointed...


So AMD for my buddy
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post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by WhitePrQjser View Post
Whether I choose the 890 or the 790, it'll still be cheaper than the GTX 460 build.

Why not Intel? Well, I'm no fan boy

I mean, I wen't with price/performance, and in hindsight, I might have been better of choosing AMD myself, but I was stubborn.

I'm beginning to love AMD more and more, since their price/performance ratio is off the charts, and I want my buddy to feel that he's got a power house for a small price.

I myself have the i5 2500K and 2x GTX 460, but I'm slightly disappointed...


So AMD for my buddy
I'm a fan boy. Love the fact that I bought an x3 that's now an x4! Good luck with the build!
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