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Wolfegang16

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I need some input on these two builds and the motherboard on the second one:

BFG Tech GS-550 550W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817702010
$36.50
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817702010

IMC IMC-black USB 2.0 Card Reader
Item #:N82E16820717001
Free

XFX GeForce GTX 260 GX260XADJF Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150361
$130.00
http://www.newegg.co...x... Video Card

Nvidia Gift Call of duty - World at war
Item #:N82E16800999088
Free

ASUS 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-22B1ST Bulk
Item #:N82E16827135196
$23.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136153

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820227297
$65.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227297

Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811129042
$58.95
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #:N82E16822136319
$69.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136218

GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-DS3R ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128348
$129.99
http://www.newegg.co.....l Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115041
$269.99
http://www.newegg.co...x...75 95W Quad

Grand Total: $823.38 (after MIR)

Then the second

XFX GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 GX260NADFF Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150329
$145.00
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150329

Nvidia Gift Call of duty - World at war
Item #:N82E16800999088
Free

BFG Tech GS-550 550W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817702010
$36.50
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817702010

IMC IMC-black USB 2.0 Card Reader
Item #:N82E16820717001
Free

Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811129042
$58.95
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129042

Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820220369
$97.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820220369

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$139.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128378

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819103674
$245.00
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103674

Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Item #:N82E16822136218
$69.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136218

ASUS 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-22B1ST Bulk
Item #:N82E16827135196
$23.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136153

Grand Total: $771.39 (after MIR)

I just wanted to see peoples inputs on these two builds which one is better and such.

Edited by Wolfegang16, 13 May 2009 - 09:12 PM.

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Hello and Welcome to the forums. :)

What are they going to be used for and are we picking like one or the other?

Also, if you have links for each product it makes it alot easier to help you out.

Edited by MoNsTeReNeRgY22, 13 May 2009 - 08:59 PM.

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Updated it with links, Basically im looking for overall performance. I am going to be running many 3D drafting applications and some heavy gaming like World of Warcraft. I want it to do these tasks with ease very little if any freezing or stalling. I basically wanted to know whether to pick the AMD build or the INTEL build and what opinions you have on the parts in the build if i should make any changes. I would like to keep it around the same price.
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Are you planning on using a 32 or 64 bit OS?

According to the specs on the GFX card, you are going to need a bigger PSU. 630W Minimum Power Supply I would recommend this one even though it is more expensive, you don't want to skimp on a PSU.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139006

Also, I would go with Intel any day over AMD. I will only recommend AMD for people on a tight budget. Now depending on your budget, I would recommend not going with a stock CP cooler, and maybe even upgrading to an i7 Intel.

Let me know what you think.
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i7 is a little out of my budget and ya i didnt see that i needed a bigger power supply thanks for pointing that out. im trying to stay around 800 ish give or take. im going to be using 64-bit OS. reason i made an AMD build is i heard the AMD Phenom II X4 955 was a little better than the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 even a little cheaper. But im not great with these kind of specs thats why i wanted someone elses opinions and suggestions.

-If you can think of a build with around these specs with an i7 feel free to post it

Edited by Wolfegang16, 13 May 2009 - 10:16 PM.

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Also is there much of a difference between the graphics cards in the two builds ?
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Building an i7 rig on an $800 budget is tough, but it can be done. On top of that, unless you are going to overclock there is no real point.

I forgot to ask, is it going to be Vista or XP, and what version?

Depending on what site you go on, some will show the 955 faster, while others will show the Q9550 faster. Since these processor's are such close competitors, I personally would always go with Intel. Again, that is just me and others might have another opinion.

For the GFX cards, specs wise they are exaclty the same. But in the title of the second one, it says you get two free games instead of just one. :)
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I was going to try out Windows 7 on it, but i have a Vista Ultimate 64 bit CD.

quick question: are there any PSU's that will handle the intel build that are cheaper ?
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Just wondering how much of a difference would i notice from a Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz to a i7 920
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Also if you have any recommendations about changing parts to try and get the price lower without sacrificing any performance, please feel free to give your input.
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Since you are going to have Vista Ultimate 64 bit, I would recommend at least 6 GB of RAM.

There are cheaper PSU's, but that is a great deal on a really good PSU. The last thing you want to do (I have learned this the hardway), is to put all this money into a rig and then add a cheap PSU. A few weeks later it crashes and your out for a new PSU.

Again, it depends on where and what you look at. Here are the two head to head against each other with various benchmarks.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 vs. Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550

You can also look at different benchmarks from that site from the dropdown arrow.

Edited by MoNsTeReNeRgY22, 13 May 2009 - 10:55 PM.

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115017

would that be better than the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz for the price ?
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Again, it depends on where and what you look at. Here are two examples from the same site but different tests.
i7 920 on top
Q9550 on top


Honestly im not familiar enough with computers to really understand the full concept of those tests lol
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If you really have the time, i would be more then gracious if you could make me a build

I am just looking for something with around the parts that i have displayed at the top: I run AUTO CAD suite i have the whole suite i run sometimes up to 4 of those programs at once, I use adobe Photoshop ultimate collection sometimes i have 4 of those programs open at a time, i use itunes all the time, normally mod my desktop to use object dock and yahoo widgets instead of start menu, i play World of Warcraft alot and i would like the fps to be high on that, cant really think of much more that would really affect ran or processing.

And im looking to spend really at max like 900$ before MIR
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The Q6600 is a step down from the Q9550. I updated my last post to include a head to head comparison. Basicaly, they are showing you benchmarks or test results from various programs that they tested it with. Depending on what test it is, either a higher or lower number is better. It will say which is better somewhere on the benchmark. Normally though, the only one that you will want to see a lower number in is when the answer is in seconds. Giving you a shorter time for something to be opened in or completed in.
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