roger999

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which is the fastest setup please
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ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory CL9(9-9-9-24) for i7 motherboards





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ASUS M4A79T Deluxe 790FX Socket AM3 DDR3 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 HyperX Memory CL9 1.9V Unbuffered Non-ECC
 

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In overclocking, the AMD will probably turn in a higher number. But with the actual amount of work done, the i7 will do more. So if you're mainly gaming, the AMD 955 BE would most likely be the better rig. If you plan of Folding at Home or some other business applications, the i7 920 will beat the AMD 955 hands down. Like Helloworld said, what are you intending to do with the computer?

A further note, as I've built both AMD and i7 machines, is that you can build the AMD for a lot less money. Don't know if that makes any difference to you. Be advised that the i7 runs a lot hotter as well, so a top quality heatsink is a must. I have a TRUE with two fans on my i7 and it still gets rather toasty. I'm thinking of replacing the TRUE with a Coolermaster V10 or possibly water cooling it if the summer heat proves too much for it.
 

fullmetall

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Either, which ever fits your budget the best IMO.

Your going to get a good performance either way. Most games rely on Graphics card, multi-tasking, i'd give it up to the i7 for photoshop/video/etc but, look to spend a good $1200 on the rig and $200+ on a good monitor.
 

Kill@dor

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AMD is cheaper and from the reviews i read, 3 cores are better than 4!!! LOL ^_^
The 955 edition is a sweet touch from AMD. The Core i7 boasts tons of new technologies...but most are useless because a lot of appolications don't even run 4 cores...

Either 1 is a winner, but you have to have a solid budget otherwise you will just buy things randomly...
 

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Unless you have a compelling reason for needing the additional number crunching grunt of the i7, save your money and go for the AMD. Then save even more money and buy an X3 720 BE, like I did.

Then spend the extra money on things you wouldn't have been able to afford if you'd spent it on more processing power than you would use to game with.
 

Gryphyn

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Yup yup. So roger, listen to your pals here (that's us), get the Phenom II X3 720. Then choose either a Radeon 4870 or two Radeon 4770s for a few bucks more. 4 Gigs of DDR3 memory can be had for very little money, or you can get DDR2 for half as much as DDR3 with only a 5% performance disadvantage. Spend a bit of the money you're saving on a good power supply (like the 750 watt PC Power and Cooling one on listed on Techbargains.com today) so you've got plenty of oomph to overclock your processor/video cards a bit, and a good motherboard.

In the end you'll have saved a fortune, which you can spend on better peripherals, or just save for the next upgrade. The only reasons to spend more money than this are if you need the processing muscle of a more expensive processor for actual "time is money" graphics/video work, or if you're planning to drive a monsterous multi-monitor setup. Otherwise, you'll never even feel the difference.
 


http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
 

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