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I've been an Intel user for my entire overclocking time, and I've been happy with their performance. While I'm not upgrading anytime soon, I've been thinking of making the I7 jump, and then I thought about AMD. I know their Bulldozer is coming soon, but just for fun with what's out right now, I wanted opinions on the choices I made:

I realize I need to upgrade motherboard, CPU, and RAM, so i looked at both AMD and Intel and came up with:

The RAM would be the same for both, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145312(Unless there is some compatibility issues)

And then for AMD I chose:

Motherboard

CPU

Intel:

Motherboard

CPU

So pretending Bulldozer isn't coming soon, are these pretty similar systems? Where can I cut corners/spend more? I was just thinking about upgrading, and thought I'd get some opinions...
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post #2 of 24
go Intel, bull dozer will be outdated when IB comes.
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post #3 of 24
I'm going to assume you're going to be overclocking, so you're gonna want a 2600K instead of the standard 2600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070.

You can't raise the multiplier past stock on standard 2600, and on Sandy Bridge raising the base clock by nearly nothing makes it unstable. (Think 108ish max).

Also, the 2600K would be better than the 1090T. If you really want AMD, waiting for bulldozer would be the best choice right now.
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post #4 of 24
If you're going Intel, you'll want the 2600K not the regular 2600 since it has a locked multiplier and doesn't overclock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5070&Tpk=2600k

Also, pick a better mobo like the P8P67 Pro I recommend to stay away from MSI boards.

And to give you an idea of the 2 processors you are looking at:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=203

The RAM that is required for 1155 is 1.5v, and the RAM you're considering is 1.6v plus it's only 1333 MHZ. You should be looking at 1600 at bare minimum. Since you like Corsair, this is the RAM you should be looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-143-_-Product

TBH though, 16 GB is way overkill. 8GB should be plenty, check out these choices.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...v+1600&x=0&y=0

When it's back in stock, this is the kit I recommend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-428-_-Product

For lots of Sandy Bridge info check out my sig.
Edited by 2010rig - 3/19/11 at 12:50am
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post #5 of 24
If you wanted to upgrade now and are in that price range, intel is the clear winner at this time. The 1100T can't even tough an i5-2500K, let alone the i7-2600K. Once the overclocking begins, the sandy's pull ahead even further with the ability to do 4.5-5GHZ range.

Waiting for bulldozer would be a very good idea if you can hold out and are curious about trying an AMD build! We are all excited to see what bulldozer brings.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your stance), at this time, the sandy bridges are crushing AMD, even at the same price points.

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post #6 of 24
why don't you wait till BD comes out instead of getting a bunch of speculations on what no one knows? wait for reviews or maybe some benches.
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I would say stay intel( after reading as much as possible about intel) new cpus are coming this year near the end in fall winter time most likely......

but if your willing to test out something new and different and truely feel the difference go with some amd products deffinitly worth it for the experience i feel....Im not an AMD nor INTEL junkie i just like both because each has its amazing differences PRICE bahahahah
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post #8 of 24
If you want to switch, then now is not a good time. Wait for Bulldozer, probably this summer. At that point, prices for the current tech will drop.
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Yeah, I'll probably be waiting a bit anyways, but I was bored at work and wanted to see what my options were if I were to upgrade now. I wasn't even paying attention to the RAM voltage and whatnot...just bored and wanted to get opinions...thanks!

Also the board choices are understanding that I have a PCI sound card, and a PCIe x1 tuner card that I'd like to be able to place towards the bottom of the board so as not to interfere with the airflow for my GPU(s).
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post #10 of 24
If you want to play around with AMD. Focus your build on one of those mobos that they're claiming will support bulldozer with a bios update.
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