New Rig. Need help

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NumberMuncher
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So i have decided to upgrade from my intel Core due conroe 2.66Ghz, 680Sli mobo, duel 9600Gt Alpha dog XXX edition video cards, 4 gigs of Balizticz ram, to something a little more new basically lol.

 

Problem is im having a hard time deciding where i want to go.

I recently picked up a Diamond Radeon HD 5870, now i need to build the PC around that. But do i go AMD or I7?

Ive narroed my processors down to:

Intel Core i7 920

or

AMD Phenome II X4 969 black

 

With that in mind, my goal is to build a systam that i can both Game with and eventually do some video editing. and i know both processores are great. I want to try my hands at overclocking as well so i know im going to have a lot to watch and monitor.

Motherboard wise i have been looking at:

Intel Dx58SO (i7)

XFX X58i (i7)

Gigabyte GA-790FXTA (AMD)

ASUS Crosshari III 790FX (AMD)

Just not sure withc one i shoudl go with, or maybe you might have another suggestion.

As for memory im not sure what i should do, normally i tend to match the FSB with the memory i get, and most ive ben thinking fo some 10666, but im not sure if i should go higher for OCing or not.

Again maybe you could suggest sometihng.

any help would be great. Im still trying to figurer out the rest of the build, such as case and such, i dont want a case that looks gaudy but something like a full size tower that looks nice and simple but makes great air flow.

Hilmar
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i7 920 will cost quite a bit of $$ more than the AMD. The i7 is a bit faster though... only you can make that decision, but both are great.

NumberMuncher
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not by much, but still i need help decided on Mobo

undeadkingpr
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For video work+encoding the i7 is 40% faster-not a small %-mainly due to hyper threading

I would decide based on my budget+how much video work you do. If you do a lot of AV then the i7 is definetly for you but it will cost more $

 

For ram you proly want better than 1066-that is the slowest ddr3 available. I personally think the sweet spot for value/performance is ddr3 1600-which I can get about 6 gigs of from OCZ for ~$115 on the egg.

For  a case any CM case over 80 or Antec 902 would be fine.

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NumberMuncher
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So i did a little research and decied to go a little different on the MOBO: But as of now this is my setup:

ASUS Crosshair III 790FX

AMD Phenom x4 II 965 Black  edition

Corsair H50 CPU cooler

Thermaltake Speedo VI90000

Corsiar XMS3 2x3(6gig) pc3-128000

undeadkingpr
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Well I guess you don't do that much video work then or have  a small budget?