August 3rd, 2006, 12:44 PM
AMD vs Intel
Computer Use: 3D Rendering, software development/scientific research, and heavy gaming.
Budget: $5,000 MAX (Under 2,000 desired)
Expected Life-Time with $800 upgrade limit: 4-6 Years.
I'm trying to design myself a computer keeping the above in mind. (I want to be the guy that gets accused of hacking because he got all the kills, simply because my system was better and didnt lag out.)
I'm trying to determine which processor and mobo to purchase to get the most out of the system, with economical parts. I.E. Not pay 2,000 dollars more for product X because it will produce results of 2.5 seconds faster than product B. ...etc
Any advice is much appreciated.
Currently I have looked at the AMD 64FX (AM2 & 939) Which socket set is better..(Big Price Diff.) Also are there cheaper intel processors that can match the results of an AMD? How does the 64 X2 (939) compare…
August 3rd, 2006, 02:07 PM
oh do i wish i had that much to spend
2 5150 Xeons (they are Core 2 Duos so just as fast, but you can put 2 in one computer for 4 cores) -- ~$1500
Nvidia 7950 GTX video card (its already SLIed so you don't need an SLI board) $550
4GB of DDR667 $675
case (if you want a different one, make sure it fits that size board, its huge) $85
4x 36.7GB 15K SAS Drives $800
2x 10K 74GB Raptors for some extra storage $250
sound card $65
1KW Power Supply $480
should come out to just about $5K
that will beat just about everything i can think of, if it was for me though i would get a 7800 vid card and do more SAS drives instead giving you faster and more stable data storage with less graphics power, but you say you do lots of games so go with the 7950GTX, its the fastest card (its really 2 7900s SLIed on one card), its too hard to find a dual-socket modo that can do SLI
that system would also upgradable to 8-core with 32GB RAM and any PCIe 16x vid card so i don't think you would have a problem there, and that board does Quad-channel RAM too, something i don't think i've ever seen before
Last edited by edman007; August 3rd, 2006 at 03:27 PM.
Reason: swapped SCSI for SAS
August 5th, 2006, 08:19 PM
You want to know something funny, those xeon's are just as good as the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 Presler but are $300 cheaper.
August 5th, 2006, 09:10 PM
actually they are faster, they are the same speed as the FX62 or a little faster, only thing faster is the high end Core 2 Duos, and then 3Ghz Woodcrest Xeon for $1000 is even faster then the fastest of those due to the extra 300Mhz on the FSB with almost the same core speed
Originally Posted by non-issue