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11-19-2009 01:27 AM  8 years agoPost 1
03fomoco

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Ok having issues here. Gonna get something to go with my 30 dollar copy of Win7Pro64 and need some advice.

I have been out of the latest and greatest computer craze for awhile now. I can't decide on doing an Intel i5 / i7 or an AMD X4???

Mainly the computer will serve the household and be used for RealFlight and MS Flight Sim. I am just going to go with a GT250 1 gb video card or maybe an ATI. I think this will be more than enough.

So basically it comes down to the AMD verses Intel issue and which mobo to support it with since bus speed has become so important with the faster CPU's.

Ok throw it out there??? Am I totally wasting my money going with the i5 or i7? Is the AMD Black 945 the way???

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11-19-2009 01:44 AM  8 years agoPost 2
AirWolfRC

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That's about 2 to 4 times the computer you need for what you're talking about.

3GHz dual core with 2GB ram will be more than you need.
Add a $100 video card and you're good. (ATI if AMD)

- - - don't need to be on the "bleeding edge".

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11-19-2009 02:03 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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Personal opinion only here (and worth exactly what it costs )!!

I've been using AMD for a LOOOONG time with very good results. My current rig uses the PhenomII X4 955BE on an Asus M4A79T Deluxe main board, 6 gb of Corsair DDR3 and and a Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards. Overkill you say?? AbsoFREAKINlutely and I wouldn't have it any other way but that for me personally. The system is totally solid, generates good numbers, and runs 24/7 on Win 7 64 bit.

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11-19-2009 05:01 AM  8 years agoPost 4
zaw

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AMD here too.. Used to be all about nVidia for video but AMD/ATI cards are much better performance the price then nVidia.

I"m on 5600 x2 @ 2.80Ghz with 2 gig of ram and ATI 4860 its about 3 years old, almost time to upgrade, I have to play todays games in reduced setting I was able to max them out last year.

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11-19-2009 11:52 AM  8 years agoPost 5
03fomoco

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...

I am starting to get a picture of the right path... Keep it coming!!!

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11-19-2009 02:23 PM  8 years agoPost 6
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i was an AMD guy for years, being an overclocker, the 2400+ Athlon laptop cpu was a beast..... since then my last 2 builds went Intel, and ive not looked back. they kick arese over the AMD offerings in the last years.

my e6600 was running at 3.6 ghz, and now my q6600 is at 3.9 ghz 24/7. the e6600 went tonto a media center PC, and even in there its running at 3.0 ghz, with cool temps.
so its Intel for me.

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11-19-2009 03:25 PM  8 years agoPost 7
AirWolfRC

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In the end it's a Ford or Chevy question. I've found Amd typically a better bang for the buck. (25 years in the business)

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11-20-2009 03:50 AM  8 years agoPost 8
HyperDave

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Intel is the only way to go. Much better the past few years and AMD has nothing competitive right now. Currently running QX9750.

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11-20-2009 04:15 AM  8 years agoPost 9
freakyreef

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For what you are wanting with that vid card, either one will be fine. Bang for the buck goes to AMD (not as close as it once was though). For all out performance Intel is the winner.

Put it this way, I am running an OC'd qx 6800 Intel lga 775 cpu at 3.4 ghz with an 8800 ultra vid. card. I can run RF3.5 maxed out with full AA and full AF and still get over 200 fps. (anything over 60 fps is really not noticable). Granted Realflight 5 is gonna require more than RF 3.5.
The QX6800 is old school Intel now. The newer processors are substantially faster.
Just my 2 cents.

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11-23-2009 12:38 AM  7 years agoPost 10
bopshi

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ram

Get plenty of ram as vista eats up almost 1 gig itself dave

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11-23-2009 12:48 AM  7 years agoPost 11
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Vista is a bad dream . . . . just like ME

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11-23-2009 01:34 AM  7 years agoPost 12
03fomoco

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Not even an option

Get plenty of ram as vista eats up almost 1 gig itself dave
I would not even consider Vista. Going from XP pro to 7 Pro. I got XP Pro years ago when I had a need for DNS addresses and thankfully I waited out the Vista years. Vista is the standard at work now and it is universally hated in an PKI certificate environment.

As for memory 4gb seems to be the standard right now and it is so cheap you just do it weather you really need it or not.

I am really leaning towards the i5 w/intel mobo combo from new egg with an Element T case and 630w PS and will probably fess up the money for the GT275 card and be done with it for a few years. I think I can have the entire thing to my door for a hair under 725.00. What do you guys think???

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11-23-2009 03:55 AM  7 years agoPost 13
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I recently upgraded with

Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P
X2-250-3GHz - dual core 65Watts
Radeon HD4670-512 - 80 fps in RF-G3
all for just over $200

Does everything I want and quickly
. . . especially after I added a WD3000HLFS . . . 10K rpm

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11-23-2009 01:55 PM  7 years agoPost 14
Havoc

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I went with the i7 and then the ATI 4870x2. You can blow dry your hair or take the wrinkles out of your monocote with the exhaust of that card. But it will play CRYSIS . Although my workstation computer will use an Nvidia. On graphics cards, it seems ATI gives you better specs for the buck but Nvidia comes out with drivers faster and is generally more user friendly. Plus Nvidia seems to snuggle up to a lot of software developers to ensure they take full advantage of their cards.

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