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AMD/Intel: Expert opinions needed!

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    Last week my old Area 51 Alienware computer finally took its last breath. I need a new hard drive but I'm just going to splurge on a whole new rig.

    Here's my question to the experts. I have 2 options in processors and im leaning heavily on getting the rig with the AMD.

    Which processor would you buy and why.

    Option A: AMD Phenom II X6

    Option B: Intel Core 2 Quad

    AMD is at 3.3GHZ while the Intel is 2.5GHZ

    Both will be sporting 4 gigs of RAM with pretty good video cards


    AMD w/ ATI Radeon HD 4290 and the Intel w/ EVGA Nvidia nForce 730i


    I'm not an expert on the matter and will purchase the "best" of the 2.

    No fanboy opinion's though. Just the facts Jack.

    Its all in your hands now : )



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    AMD makes good stuff. Clock-for-clock it can't keep up but price-per-MHz is much, much lower. Net result is if you're not looking at spending $1,000 for the flipping CPU you can get a better chip for the price you're willing to pay.

    Intel is the performance champion at the moment (though I'm looking forward to the Bulldozer core to see what it does when they integrate the GPU into the CPU), but that performance comes at a cost. If you're not doing massively-threaded, high-intensity graphics, audio, or video work all the time you shouldn't spend the extra bucks.
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    I guess what I'm saying is in that case I'd jump on the AMD chip and not look back, grinning all the way to the bank. :D
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    Fur I'm heading out to get it tonight and that's what I'm leaning towards. That's. Another vote for AmD.

    Ill be checking this thread all the way until 8pm Pacific. This will turn into a DF's choice thread lol.

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    Personally I'd buy all the intel chip I could afford and 8 gigs of RAM.
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    between those two current setups which one would you buy?

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    I just recently build my computer with the 3.4Ghz BE AMD CPU and LOVE it. Had it Overclocked to 4Ghz same day I built it. I'm also only on 4 gigs of ram and have a ATI Radeon HD 5770.

    And since you asked for facts, the 3.4 BE CPU has been overclocked to 7Ghz (Videos on Youtube). Granted, that was cooled with liquid Hydrogen or liquid Helium. :D
    Granted you've probably bought your CPU already, still thought I'd throw in that bit of info. :)
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    I'll go for option A. I love AMD and even though they are the underdog in the battle with Intel they're still the best. Most gaming platform makes use of AMD processors.
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    Yeah I went with the AMD...

    It's an excellent machine. I'm really digging the set-up.

    Next up is a graphics card. I'm looking for one in the $130.00 range

    Suggestions always appreciated
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    Depending on what you plan on using it for, any Radeon HD with Crossfire support will be great. I recommend Sapphire, I've had nothing but good experiences with them. You can get a Radeon 5750 for $130 from newegg.

    Actually, before I start recommending specific hardware, what else are you running? I'd feel like an ass if I accidentally recommended something that won't work with your other hardware. :p
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    Wait two months, if you can. LOL

    Seriously, though, the way the video card prices flux a price today doesn't mean a price tomorrow. I'm assuming you want this for gaming?
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    Yeah...for gaming : )
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    Best PCIe Card: $100 To $150 : Best Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2010

    That will tell you all you need to know, I think, as to the current state of affairs in gaming. The $140 - $150 bracket seems to hit the nail on the head for price/performance, as far as I'm concerned. :)

    Means digging a bit more into the wallet, but I think, honestly, that it'd be worth it for the extra oomph and month or two before you HAVE to replace it.
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    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. The mail-in rebate and free shipping ever covers the tax (sort of). I'm officially jealous of your rig (not that I wasn't already). :)

    P4 3.4GHz HT with 2GB DDR2 RAM and a sad half-high 128MB X330 Radeon with DVI out.

    Don't even ask about the laptop!:icon_ cry:
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    @ ret

    You're pretty happy with the Radeon?

    Here's my set-up:

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz /3.3GHz TURBO BOOST AM3 Six-Core, MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Motherboard, Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3 1333.

    ATI Radeon HD 4290 HDMI GRAPHICS, LG DVD Burner, Western Digital Green 800GB Hard Drive, Ark 500w PSU FRONT PANEL USB & Audio Ark Black Case /190mm side fan

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    LOVE the video card, two DVI outs and an HDMI (and the display port I doubt I'll ever use). The only problem I've had is that the software that came with my ASUS Mobo doesn't recognize the card, which isn't really an issue because it comes with it's own software for overclocking, and you can manually configure graphics settings on older games. I haven't used it for any newer games yet - just TES4:Oblivion, but it keeps up with that in Ultra High quality with a ton of mods. :D

    You actually got the same video card as I'm using right now. I've also used the Corsair memory on my old desktop - it was DDR2 though and I loved it.

    Let me know how you like the MSI Mobo. Oh, and take pics I wanna see the build. :D