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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by TissueBox, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. TissueBox

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    Hey everyone! It's that time of year again and I'm looking for opinions on my upgrade.

    My current specs are to the left and I'm upgrading for the sake of.. upgrading :rockout: oh, and gaming.

    My budget is around $450 before taxes but I can stretch it a little. With that said, I'm hell-bent on getting the Crosshair V so my options right now are either the Phenom II X6 1090T or the FX-8120 paired up with some Mushkin Blacklines.

    Crosshair V
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD7718&vpn=CROSSHAIR%20V%20FORMULA&manufacture=ASUS

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    Phenom II 1090T
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD9843&vpn=HDT90ZFBGRBOX&manufacture=AMD

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    FX-8120
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD5410&vpn=FD8120FRGUBOX&manufacture=AMD

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    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 C9-9-9-24
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54963&vpn=996776&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced

    I'm definitely planning to overclock with my Corsair A70. My question is, should I get the FX-8120 or the 1090T? I read quite a few people saying that they'd much rather get the 1090T over the FX-8120. I know that Bulldozer uses more power and performs worse clock-for-clock compared to Thuban, but I'm honestly just looking for the best framerates. The FX-8120 clocks much higher than Thuban, this would result in better framerates right? Or, would they still perform relatively the same when they're overclocked to their limit on air?

    Thanks for reading! And Merry Christmas!
     
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    From those two I'd get the 1090T. Bulldozer was a disappointment
     
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    Yeah I would go with the 6 core Phenom II.
     
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    If you are OC with air cooling stick with the 1090T.

    Regarding performance / price per frame, the 1090 it´s also the best option.
     
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    1090T no reason to waste money on what many consider an inferior product anyway.
     
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    I wasn't expecting that many votes for the 1090T :laugh: Alright, the 1090T it is! Hopefully I can get least 4.0GHz. Thanks everyone! Oh, and one final question, would the 1090T at 4.0GHz be a considerable upgrade from the Q8200 at 3.20GHz?

    I love the look of ASUS' UEFI bios, so I don't think I'll ever be buying Gigabyte, or any other manufacturer's motherboard. With that said, the minimum I was willing to look at was the Sabertooth P67 in the Intel route, which costs around $190. I asked myself, "why would I buy this when I could buy the Crosshair V for only $25 more." Of course, this comes at the cost of a weaker CPU, but I can't stop admiring the Crosshair V Formula and all of its features :banghead:
     
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    Are you dead set on buying AMD?
     
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    I wouldn't say dead set, but quite firm. I know that the 2500K would hold a significant advantage against the 1090T in general, but I'm a sucker for a good (looking and functional) bios and the looks of a premium motherboard. Red and black makes my computer go faster :laugh:
     
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    You should be able to find a motherboard that fits your "needs" that goes with a 2500K.

    EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SAT...

    ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HD... <- good uefi/bios, black and red. Good board!
     
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    Wish there was more availability and less of a price difference in Canada for the ASRock, it costs over $300 for one and only one place sells it - newegg.ca

    Hmm.. I would be willing to give the EVGA one a try, but would you personally recommend it? I've looked at it before several times but it costs quite a bit more than the P67 Sabertooth and Crosshair V. Its bios layout also looks really outdated compared to any other manufacturer.

    DirectCanada EVGA Z68 FTW
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD7249&vpn=160-SB-E689-KR&manufacture=EVGA

    Thanks again!
     
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    If you're going AMD, I said chose the 1090t.

    Personally, I just got a 2500K for $180 US for Micro Center and a ASUS Gene-Z matx mobo from NewEgg for $170 US.

    Hope you have access to similar deals if you decide to go that route.

    The Gene-Z is good looking and has an excellent BIOS. :D
     
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    I have no firsthand experience with the board, but from a hardware standpoint it looks good.

    Here's some reviews on it:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-z68-ftw-review/25
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1776/12/

    After reading the reviews myself, it's a board I'd love to use and try out.
     
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    Ah, more to think about - now I'm leaning more towards the 2500K and the EVGA Z68 FTW since I know the 2500K is a lot better. It is a bit more expensive but.. hmm, I'll post pictures and benches of whatever I decide to get :D

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    So, I got everything on boxing day and, well, I have no words to say other than "wow" coming from a Q8200 :D

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