I5 vs AMD build (around $1k), any suggestions welcome

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Hi, this is my first post and also first time attempting to build my own PC.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a week to a month

BUDGET RANGE: 800 to 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Gaming (mostly WoW), Web-browsing and College work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES:

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am a casual gamer so I'm not looking for the build for best gaming performance (but if possible, I would like the system to still be able to play future games even in medicore quality)... I would like the system to be ablle to handle multi-tasking. Also, I wouldnt mind spending extra $100 for a decent looking case =)


So far.. this is what I have come with. Please, feel free to let me know what you guys think.
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I5 build - need suggestion on case and PSU


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130239

Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

SAPPHIRE 100286L Radeon HD 4860 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102866

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
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AMD build - case and PSU suggestion

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227320

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

MSI 24X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DH-24AAS-17 R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827100058

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+1 on the intel build. but with the fallowing setup:

CPU & Mobo: 1. Intel BX80605I5750: $199.99
2. ASUS P7P55D PRO: $169.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $349.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350115

Heat-sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
$34.99
$7.56 Std. Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$114.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231278

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770
Original Price: $179.99
You Save: $20.00
$159.99
($149.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Case & PSU: 1. Antec Three Hundred Illusi: $69.99
2. Antec EA650: $74.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $124.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345228

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
$19.99
$1.99 Std. Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

Grand Total: $913.93
 
^ That is a good build...but IMO going with the AMD is also not a bad choice...You can save even more with the AMD build...
890GX - SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 + X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.353112

Free HDD Dock with that Samsung
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345592

Graphics card - XFX if you want good warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.320995

RAM options...Dont get that OCZ...it operates at 1.7V - Greater than 1.65V maximum allowed for Intel CPUs...though they wont matter much for the AMD CPUs...These are better...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145263
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

Other favourites for the case...
HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Lian-Lis...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112238
 

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I just built an i5 750 rig with ati5770 and i'm very happy with it.
Runs Bioshock1&2, Dragon age, Mass effect2, COD:MW2 and WoW maxed with no problem
 

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Thanks snakej and gkay09 for your help... I decided to go for I5 set up a may purchase this tonight.... what do you guys think?

I added up the following and it came out to 754... am i missing something here??? besides an audio-card,
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SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

$19.99

select item 2 quantity of item 2


Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB - Retail
Item #: N82E16820816001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820816001

-$5.00 Instant


$24.99
$19.99

select item 3 quantity of item 3


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231278



$114.99

select item 4 quantity of item 4


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065


$34.99

select item 5 quantity of item 5

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345228

-$25.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo


$169.98
$124.98


select item 6 quantity of item 6

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345592

-$36.99 Combo


$126.98
$89.99

select item 7 quantity of item 7

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350115


$369.98
$349.98

Subtotal: $754.91
 

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Thanks... how did I miss that lol.

So i guess including that, the total comes out to $914.90...
 

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Yeah. I was planning in getting that too, looks alot much nicer and with the side view. Haven't purchased mines yet but wondering if the case would be easier to install the parts in, being that its my first time doing it.
 

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With the games you are playing the i5-750 does not look bad. However if you play anymore stressful games and have a resolution greater then 19xx then the 5770 is not going to cut it.

for 1K you could probably get a 5870 if you went amd...
 

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Do you have any suggestions on an alternate GPU for the intel build? I don't mind spending more to overcome the resolution issue if thats the case.
 

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why would he do that,if he has the budget why not, why build a cripple pc now, with an ok cpu and a super GPU, when he can get i5 and 5770 which is plenty for what he needs, and then down the road drop a 5970 when cheaper..
 

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lmao, its not about been a fan boy, facts are fact , and thats a fact, its not what i like or you think its cool, its what the op needs, he wants to do do casual gaming 5770, for anything else he does on the pc he is gonna see more of a benefit with an i5750 period.
 

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It is quite amazing how many times i came across such topics .... AMD vs Intel. Personally I own a AMD PII 965 BE. I checked the benchmarks for weeks before buying it and I'd rather have the highest end mobo+CPU at 380 bucks than a mid range at 500. Which is what would happened if you get the i5-750. As for the benefit, he's not gonna see squat with intel. I have two PC, one in France and one in Hong Kong (i am an expat). The one in France has got a i7-920 with an ASUS mobo, the one in Hong Kong is in my sig. I often play DIRT 2 and Mass effect 2 at max settings on both rigs and I don't notice any difference .... Sure, I get 61FPS on the intel rig instead of 59FPS on the AMD rig .... Holy c**p AMD IS BAD, GET INTEL, HUGE BENEFITS .... what a load of bull.

Anyway, I would suggest that you go with AMD. It is cheaper and holds its own against ANY other CPU out there. But let's be fair, INTEL definitely kicks butts with their i7 but it seems way too expensive for what it is.

But that's just me. I am not looking at benchmarks so thoroughly any more. All I want is a rig that can play any games at max setting smoothly and you would definitely get this kind of PC with both solutions. But you wouldn't notice any differences whatsoever, except by using advanced benchmarks tools. But who cares really??

I would opt for another graphic card though. The 5770 just won't cut it.

 

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dude thanks for your opinion. BUT READ!


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Gaming (mostly WoW), Web-browsing and College work

he doesnt want gaming as prime factor, he wants something that muiltitask better then most.

and it happens to be that the i5 does this things better than AMD 945, 955, 965.

we're not fan boys discussing who's or what's better, we know this things, its not about, what I, you or anyone else think, its what the OP needs.

He is settle please stop commenting and trying to confuse someone who is done.

Casual gaming, as matter fact proly only wow
 

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its ok, just more attention next time, because the op is in the learning process and what might make total sense to us, to him is juts blahaha, and can confuse him.
 
Well going Intel or AMD is OP's personal preference...
Going with either is not going to hurt...Though the AMD at a lower price point is better...but for his usage, that i5 will last him easy 2+ years...and that too with a graphics upgrade, am sure even more...

@nimbuz stick with that build...it is powerful enough for what you want to do...
And what is your monitor's resolution ?
 

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My monitor is 23 inches with resolution of 1920 x 1080...

Sorry guys, didnt mean to bring up Intel vs AMD discussion... But this has been a learning experience and I see your points. I will keep the I5 build since it fits more what I need. I will crossfire later, when its necessary.

Also, I updated the PSU with combo shaw24 mentioned.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345273&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

Again, thanks for all the help. I appreciate it.
 
That combo is good...
But I like these cases better as the HDD cage faces sidewards, which make the HDD access very easy...And also because of this, there is more space between the graphic cards and the HDD cage...
These are very high quality ones with very good airflow...
HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
Lian-Li K62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

And as for the PSU, you can still stick with that PSU in the combo and also it has $20 discount if bought before 10th...
$20 off w/ promo code EMCYPYR26, ends 3/10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025
 

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Lian-Li K62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

I actually like this one alot... design and it seems easy to set up... too bad its plastic and not aluminum. =/
 
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