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    ok which system and why - scan built

    Ok which One

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    Guys i have narrowed it down to these 2 set ups - my budget is £1900, using mostly for gaming, which one and why?
    3XS AMD Vision Black (New AMD 6 Core!) - New May 2010
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    120mm Akasa Apache Black Ultra Silent Fan HDB bearing PWM fan *OEM Fan Only Acronis True Image Home 2010 - System Back Up Software

    Antec P183 Advanced Super Mid Tower Case (£96.97)

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, AM3, 3.2GHz, 9MB Cache, 125W (£205.90) 1

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    Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C - 6x HeatPipes on 48 Alium Fins (£29.97) 1

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    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Dominator DDR3 PC312800(1600), CAS 8, DHX, BEMP (£94.12) 12

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    2GB XFX HD 5970 Black, 725Mhz GPU, 3200 SPs, 4000MHz GDDR5 (£459.59) 1

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    650W Corsair CMPSU-650TX (Single Graphics Card) (£66.65) 1

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    3XS Intel X58 Core i7 - Custom Series - Updated May
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    120mm Akasa Apache Black Ultra Silent Fan HDB bearing PWM fan *OEM Fan Only Akasa 8 Pin Extension cable
    Thermalright Chill Factor 2 Acronis True Image Home 2010 - System Back Up Software

    Antec P193 Advanced Super Mid Tower Case, Black, Door, w/o PSU (£106.97)

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    Asus P6X58D-E, Intel X58, S1366, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1333/1600/2000, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, ATX (£145.17) 1

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    Intel i7 930, 2.8Ghz, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB Cache (£198.17) 1

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    6GB (3x2Gb) Corsair XMS3 DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 9 (£121.12) 1

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    1536Mb Asus GTX 480, 700Mhz GPU 480 Cores, 3696Mhz GDDR5 (£370.48) 1

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    650 Corsair HX Series Modular PSU (Single Graphics Card) (£79.50) 1

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    Sony AD-7240S-0B - 24x DVDRW (£13.59) 12
    Optical Drive 2 - DVD/Blu Ray Compare

    Sony AD-7240S-0B - 24x DVDRW (£13.59) 12
    Floppy Drive / Flash Card Readers & Writers Compare
    Akasa AK-ICR-07S 3.5" Internal Multi Mem. Card Reader Incl. M2, Micro SD & USB port (£4.79) 1

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    Asus Xonar D2X Ultra Fidelity 7.1 - PCI-E (£79.79) 1

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32/64bit - Retail (£79.07) 1

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    Re: ok which system and why - scan built

    Maybe better posted over in scans forum, you will get some responses off scan mods their.

    As for my opinion i would personally go for the AMD build.

    Reason :

    The 5970 beats out the GTX 480 in most games.
    Since the GTX is not a Zotac AMP or under watercooling i wouldn't touch it.
    Like the idea of having a hex core chip.

    Reviews of the GTX 480 Zotac AMP : http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=24925&page=4

    AMD Hex Core: http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=24332&page=9

    Possibly opt for a corsair H50 in either build?

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    Re: ok which system and why - scan built

    OK, first question: what monitor is this going to be driving? Anything less than a 30" WUXGA and both systems would be immense overkill, so unless you're into e-peen waving I'd personally get something a little more moderate that would still be a more than sufficient gaming machine.

    If it has to be one of those two, then the AMD build wins out for me purely because it's a 5970 vs a GTX480 - read the reviews of reference GTX480s and you'll see they are very hot and very noisy.

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    Re: ok which system and why - scan built

    Agreed with jim tbh, hex is overkill for gaming. get a high clocked quad and put the money into a graphics card, but it all depends on resolution.

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    Re: ok which system and why - scan built

    CPU wise, a 4GHz 930 will still beat a 4.0GHz AMD hex, so that puts the second build on +1

    GPU wise, as many above have pointed out the 480 will be a pain to live with, so +1 to the first

    The second build also gives you an extra 2GB of RAM which may or may not be of use, but is nice to have, so another +1 to the second build.

    Scan are usually pretty flexible with specs so get the 5970 in the X58 build.

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