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Originally Posted by XanderDylan View Post
I personally would say go for an X6. You're getting two more cores for only a couple bucks more. Sure, 6 cores right now is a little over kill at times or isnt used but you'll be future-proofing your investment a bit I think. I love my 1055T as I got to OC it almost 1GHz so far, (2.8GHz-3.5GHz) on stock voltages and it stays pretty cool for the most part. I love AMD's price-performance they have going. I dont think I'll ever switch.

As for the ATI/AMD cards, I couldnt help you much there since I've never owned an ATI GPU (old laptop but that dont count). I hear they have driver issues which is a big turn-off for me but if I were you, I would go for maybe one of their single-chip cards instead of a dual chip just in case there are problems. Like I said,I dont have much knowledge on their GPUs

Hope this helps!
... 2 more cores, and it's still inferior to the very similarly priced 2500k.

The only reasonable advice here is the 955. At it's price, it's a damn good little CPU. The x6? Yeah, right. It can't keep up with the 2500k in _any_ category.

I repeat: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=288

Let's see:

Same price.
Superior performance, from encoding to rendering to gaming.
Less power consumption.

I see zero justification for the hexcore. Please, show me what I'm missing.
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Your config don't even go close to 400w, it doubt it even go over 300w.

Even with the sandy bridge out, the phenom II build are still pretty good and have a beautiful price.
You're right, 340W. My bad.
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... 2 more cores, and it's still inferior to the very similarly priced 2500k.

The only reasonable advice here is the 955. At it's price, it's a damn good little CPU. The x6? Yeah, right. It can't keep up with the 2500k in _any_ category.

I repeat: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=288

Let's see:

Same price.
Superior performance, from encoding to rendering to gaming.
Less power consumption.

I see zero justification for the hexcore. Please, show me what I'm missing.
So? He's going AMD either way. Get over it
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Stick with Intel. AMD doesn't win at price ans performance when you throw in a 4ghz 1156 quad.
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When you go AMD, you honestly get great value (performance per dollar). Welcome to the AMD club!

CPU: Phenom II X4 will suit you very well. It's reliable, overclocks well, and is inexpensive. The upcoming Bulldozer CPU series has a lot of potential, so I don't see much reason to splurge for a top-tier AMD CPU (even if your upgrade cycle is a few years).

GPU: 6870 is fantastic and is considerably cheaper recently. Newegg's selling the Sapphire 1GB 6870 for $178AR at the moment.

PSU: Your PSU is really feathering on being too weak for everything at full blast. I'd honestly get your build started first, see if your PSU will handle it all, and then consider your options if it's not working out.

SSD: SSDs are getting cheaper and more reliable. I would suggest waiting until the next wave of SSDs are released and then picking up one of the current generation SSDs at clearance price. If you search and ask around, you'll get great insight on how to configure your SSD as a boot drive and how to properly organize your programs/data between your SSD and regualar HDDs.

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I just made the jump over to AMD myself from a C2Q

Personally, I'd recommend you get 4GBs of RAM instead. I moved from 4GB to 8GB, and I haven't noticed any impact on my gaming. My photo editing, definitely, but not gaming. I also monitor my RAM usage on my second monitor, and with gaming it rarely pops up above 4GB. At most, it peaks around 5.

With your CPU, I'd grab an x4 955 BE for some nice OCing, stick with the 6870 you have planned for your monitors, and grab 4GB of RAM. With the money left over, you can invest in an SSD or a nice dual 22" setup!


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Stick with Intel. AMD doesn't win at price ans performance when you throw in a 4ghz 1156 quad.
Yes it does. I got my hexacore for $140, which is still less than an used i5/i7. Intel motherboards are also more expensive than AMD motherboards, and you're looking at better performance/price on AMD.
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PSU: Your PSU is really feathering on being too weak for everything at full blast. I'd honestly get your build started first, see if your PSU will handle it all, and then consider your options if it's not working out.
Wrong.
He doesnt draw more than 400 Watts right now.
With the upgrade and a heavy overclock he wont be over 500 watts.
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Awesome.. this is why I love OCN.. it's like instant feedback.

So, get the cheaper Phenom X4 that is at 3.2? It better be able to hit 4.0GHz.
Just about all 955s will hit 3.8 Ghz, and most will hit 4Ghz, but getting them stable can be difficult, and due to the 62C threshold for temperatures (and how much they like the cold), cooling them can be a problem.

As for how it'd stack up against your current processor, as far as I'm aware, it'll run about as fast as your current processor per clock, so it'll be like overclocking it to 3.8 - 4 Ghz (for the 955). I'm not sure how high the other processors will go.

Your power supply will be perfectly fine. Don't worry about that. I'm guessing you're running DDR3 memory?

The motherboard's a good one, and will let you crossfire later if you need/want to.



As for GPU, the 6870 performs about 5-15% worse than the 6870 in games, but when crossfired, 2x6870 is approximately equal to 2x5870s (often better, sometimes worse).

Ultimately, go for whichever is cheapest, but as I understand it, there isn't much overclocking headroom in a 6870, and so you might prefer to get a 5870 if you can find one cheaply.

Of course, there are always the Nvidia alternatives. The 470 or 560 are still selling well for comparable prices now.

Rather than sticking to a brand, I suggest picking up whatever GPU is cheapest with the right performance for you.
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