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16 Oct 2011   #1
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 
Rate this upgradepack!

It's a pretty cheap upgradepack I'm probably going to buy. But I want you to rate it before!
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Socket-AM3, Six Core, 3,2GHZ/3,6GHz Turbo, 9MB, 125W, Boxed
  • MSI 990FXA-GD80, Socket-AM3+ ATX, 990FX+SB950, DDR3, 4xPCIe(2.0)x16, CFX&SLI, SATA 6Gb/s,FW,USB 3.0,THX, UEFI
  • 2st Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3 1333MHz 4GB CL9 Kit w/2x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, for Intel i5/i7 and AMD Phenom

This is eventually the first time i'm buying AMD and MSi. So how good are they for real? I mean the CPU is quite insane, six cores- that's what's keeps me motivated to buy this.

I'm going to play Star Wars: The Old Republic on it. That's pretty much it, I want something that works.

Oh, and if you compare this to my current setup, will it be able to run 750W PSU?

Thanks,
Frede.


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16 Oct 2011   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

AMD of course is not the best option but I still think that it will outperform your current CPU. Personally I would go for a Sandy Bridge pack or wait for Ivy Bridge but if you really want to go with AMD, you should consider buying the new 8-core Bulldozer which is only around $250.

The motherboard looks decent though I've never used an MSI board. I do have an MSI graphics card and I think it's brilliant. It has never let me down yet.

And a Corsair 750W should be plenty, don't worry.

One last thing. The worth of this upgrade pack also depends on the price. If you wouldn't mind posting it, how much is it?
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16 Oct 2011   #3
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
AMD of course is not the best option but I still think that it will outperform your current CPU. Personally I would go for a Sandy Bridge pack or wait for Ivy Bridge but if you really want to go with AMD, you should consider buying the new 8-core Bulldozer which is only around $250.

The motherboard looks decent though I've never used an MSI board. I do have an MSI graphics card and I think it's brilliant. It has never let me down yet.

And a Corsair 750W should be plenty, don't worry.

One last thing. The worth of this upgrade pack also depends on the price. If you wouldn't mind posting it, how much is it?
Thanks for your post!

Don't you agree?

Dollars: $607
Pounds: £386

It's not bad, it really isn't.

The webside i'm buying this add, removed their i7 Upgradepack, which sucks quite a lot. But I think this pack looks quite good for my use also.
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16 Oct 2011   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I doubt that the 1090T will be much of an upgrade over the Q9550, at least for gaming. (It'd be superior for multithreaded productivity applications.)

AnandTech - Bench - CPU

(Note that some of the tests are for time to complete, so shorter bars are better for those.)

I'd suggest an I5-2500k and a Z68 motherboard for gaming. The 1090T may still outperform it for some applications, but not in most games. I know nothing about "Star Wars: The Old Republic".

AnandTech - Bench - CPU

The I7-2600k (with hyperthreading) would tend to be the clear winner in most categories, at a higher price. How much higher in Denmark, I have no idea. In the US, the 1090T kit that you list can be bought for less than $400 (www.newegg.com), without any package discounts.
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16 Oct 2011   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I doubt that the 1090T will be much of an upgrade over the Q9550, at least for gaming. (It'd be superior for multithreaded productivity applications.)
Agree completely and that is exactly what I was going to say. I have a Q9550 myself and when playing the BF3 beta, the only thing that got a workout was my video card.....my CPU didn't even notice I was playing a game.

If it were me, I would not upgrade from a Q9550 to a 1090T unless I had a very specific multithreaded application which was going to run a ton.
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16 Oct 2011   #6
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

There's also a pack looking like this:
  • Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-760 Quad Core, 2.80Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
  • ASUS P7P55D-E LX, Socket-1156 ATX, P55, DDR3, 1xPCIe(2.0)x16, GbLAN, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0
  • Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT, CL9, Kit w/two matched DDR3 2GB, 240pin

USD: 461
Pounds: 293

Looking better maybe?
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16 Oct 2011   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
There's also a pack looking like this:
  • Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-760 Quad Core, 2.80Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
  • ASUS P7P55D-E LX, Socket-1156 ATX, P55, DDR3, 1xPCIe(2.0)x16, GbLAN, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0
  • Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT, CL9, Kit w/two matched DDR3 2GB, 240pin
USD: 461
Pounds: 293

Looking better maybe?
In the US, the I5-2500k and the I5-760 are almost the same price. The 2500k is superior to the 760 at their default clocks, and the 2500k has an unlocked multiplier, so it's easy to overclock. The release dates for the I5-760 and the I5-2500k were separated by less than 6 months, but the 2500k is from a different generation.

I wish that I knew more about European vendors. I doubt that the bundles you're looking at are the best ones in existence.
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16 Oct 2011   #8
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
There's also a pack looking like this:
  • Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-760 Quad Core, 2.80Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
  • ASUS P7P55D-E LX, Socket-1156 ATX, P55, DDR3, 1xPCIe(2.0)x16, GbLAN, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0
  • Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT, CL9, Kit w/two matched DDR3 2GB, 240pin
USD: 461
Pounds: 293

Looking better maybe?
In the US, the I5-2500k and the I5-760 are almost the same price. The 2500k is superior to the 760 at their default clocks, and the 2500k has an unlocked multiplier, so it's easy to overclock. The release dates for the I5-760 and the I5-2500k were separated by less than 6 months, but the 2500k is from a different generation.

I wish that I knew more about European vendors. I doubt that the bundles you're looking at are the best ones in existence.
Cool!

You talked a bit about the i5-2500k, well, here is a pack also from the same website.
  • Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor, Socket-LGA1155, Quad Core, 3.3Ghz, 6MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
  • ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, Socket-1155, ATX, Z68, DDR3, 3xPCIe(2.0)x16, CFX&SLI, SATA 6Gb/s,USB3.0,FW, VGA,DVI,HDMI, EFI
  • Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 8GB, Kit w/2X HyperX 4GB DDR3, CL9-9-9-27, 240pin

Dollars: 553
Pounds: 351

I really do trust ASUS mobo's.

How's that?
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16 Oct 2011   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

That's looking pretty good.

Look around for anything else that uses the 1155 socket.

The 2500K is an excellent choice. The 2500 would be fine if you have no intention of overclocking.

If you need to save a few dollars you could step down to the 2400 or lower. But try to stay with socket 1155.

You don't necessarily need a Z68 motherboard either, depending on your overclocking intentions.

4 GB of memory rather than 8 is another way you can shave a few dollars off the price. Most people do very well with only 4 GB.
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16 Oct 2011   #10
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

[QUOTE=FredeGail;1619037]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Cool!

You talked a bit about the i5-2500k, well, here is a pack also from the same website.
  • Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor, Socket-LGA1155, Quad Core, 3.3Ghz, 6MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
  • ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, Socket-1155, ATX, Z68, DDR3, 3xPCIe(2.0)x16, CFX&SLI, SATA 6Gb/s,USB3.0,FW, VGA,DVI,HDMI, EFI
  • Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 8GB, Kit w/2X HyperX 4GB DDR3, CL9-9-9-27, 240pin
Dollars: 553
Pounds: 351

I really do trust ASUS mobo's.

How's that?
As you can see from my specs, I have a P8Z68-V Pro. I've been pleased with it. There are less expensive Z68 boards that would probably serve as well. P67 would be OK as well. One example:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P8Z68-V LX

It doesn't have all of the features of the P8Z68-V Pro, and I believe that it doesn't fully support SLI or Crossfire. (The second PCI-E X16 slot is limited to X4.) On the other hand, it is supposed to support PCI-E 3.0 with an Ivy Bridge CPU. The current version of the Pro will not (you'd need the Gen 3 version), although it will support the Ivy Bridge CPU. If you could live with the limitations of microATX, this board is cheaper than the P8Z68-V Pro:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z

but still aimed at gamers.
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