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Old 02-17-2009, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have previously had Intel and loved their performance but I want to try out AMD as seeing that I have never experienced them. Just tell me if all the parts are compatible which I think they are, this is what I have so far

CPU:Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

MOBO:Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

RAM:Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

GPU:Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

PSU:Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

CASE:Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

It comes to $986.53 shipped.

For the OS I was just going to run Windows Server 2007 for the time being just until I get another $100 to get Vista Home.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have previously had Intel and loved their performance but I want to try out AMD as seeing that I have never experienced them.
Why would you want to go from the best, to the second best? That's like selling your Ferrari so you can drive a Pinto.


Core i7 Nehalem 920 cpu - $289
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

GIGABYTE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Corsair DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) (3x2GB) - $144
Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

XFX GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB/448-bit GDDR3 - $274.99 ($244.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

CORSAIR 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply ($79.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Antec 900 case - $110
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

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Grand Total: $1,147 shipped - - Before Rebates

Grand Total: $1,082 shipped - - After Rebates

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Why would you want to go from the best, to the second best? That's like selling your Ferrari so you can drive a Pinto.
Lol not quite. AMD is now a good choice. They are cheap and perform pretty well. Its maybe like going from a Ferrari to a Lotus Elise. The lotus is cheap but still performs great but the ferrari will outperform it for a higher price.

I don't know much about AMD so I can't advise you on that part but I have to say I like your choice of PSU and GPU.
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The Phenom II 940 is the most powerful AMD chip out there, as of this moment.

So trust me, he will get his moneys worth.
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Never been a fan boy i ran both AMD and Intel.
The Phenom 2 did get spanked by the core i7 this round according to all the reviews / benchmarks i have read, and with the price becomming very reasonable for a core i7 920. hence my choice.
But they both make quality components and if you like AMD better your still getting a good product.
I did check the furture of the socket LGA1366 and from what I have read


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Westmere will be using it.

its going to be around a long while.
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Inked, the build looks good man. You are missing a hdd and optical though. Unless you're using ones from a previous pc.
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look at it this way, the 920 rig costs like what? 20% more? depending on what you are doing, you may or may not see a 20% increase in performance. i dont think there are too many things that a 920 is a solid 20% faster at, but i could be wrong. if it boils down to cash, get the PII.
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But for playing games like Fallout 3, WoW, and source games, is it worth the extra 200 - 300 bucks?
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Not really, because those games are not that demanding. The X4 940 should easily handle those games. And you're getting a GTX 260 as well, which is more than enough for playing those games.
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the whole cpu i7 920 is 280 or so now. hows it 200-300 more, its like 50 bucks? it runs everything believe me.
I got it also because i was looking down the road at what i want as far as upgrade.
but as i said the AMD path looks fine also.
was just my peronal choice.
10%-20% faster i don't think thats much more expense considering the Westmere is going in the same socket.
Again I don't beleive in the AMD or INTEL bs.. lol i have a Athlon 64 running right next to this so its still a solid choice.
Maybe i am still angry about the whole socket 754 thing lol
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