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September 30, 2009 2:53:52 PM

I am basically looking for a computer with specs that can play games like fallout 3, gta 4, bioshock and crysis type of games. So my confusion is what is the difference between i5 and i7, which is better for gaming and running programs smoothly and not crashing, what graphics cards that can work well with those cpus. Please also suggest complete specs for the pc. my budget is $800 to $1300.

Thank you in advance for answering.

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September 30, 2009 3:06:14 PM

any modern gpu will work. recommend ati 5870 for now
its good 4 monitors with 1600x1080 res or more
$400
heres a list of top cpus the amd is best bang for buck the p2 955 or 965 x4 it has lots of overclocking room
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html
$250
A 24" monitor will be the way to go . those are the 3 most important parts the rest according to what you can spend
$300 ish
something like...
500w+ psu $50-80
4 gigs ram $50
creative sound card . an x-fi one $100 about
keyboard $30-50
mouse $30-50

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September 30, 2009 3:18:28 PM

sybergeek said:
I am basically looking for a computer with specs that can play games like fallout 3, gta 4, bioshock and crysis type of games. So my confusion is what is the difference between i5 and i7, which is better for gaming and running programs smoothly and not crashing, what graphics cards that can work well with those cpus. Please also suggest complete specs for the pc. my budget is $800 to $1300.

Thank you in advance for answering.


Well to say my self some of the time of typing this out, i'll quote an pro's and con list i made from an old thread.


Keys= Ht: means hyperthreading. 2 thread in one core. Thoses threads make that 1 core act as 2.
x16: i meaning Pci-express 16x


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Well it depends on what you'll use it for. If it just going to be used for email and web surfing then i would say I5. If it going to be gaming that only going to use 1 graphic card the the get the I7 8xx's. If your going to need 2 graphic cards for a game and/or need max ram bandwidth for memory intensive programs then the I7 9xx's cpu's.

Here's some pros and cons to each CPU series.

I5:
Pros:
Cheap cpu.
Great turbo
Will get the job done for most to all programs.
Runs cooler than the I7 9xx's
Can run faster 1333 MHZ ram than the I7 9xx's.

Cons:
No HT
No triple channel memory
Doesn't have full dual 16x bandwidth for 2 video cards.
Will not be upgradable with 6+ core cpus.

I7 8xx's
(pretty much the same as i5's)

Pro's:
HT
Can be cheaper than the 9xx's (depending on locations and store)

I7 9xx's:
Pro's:
Triple channel memory
HT
full Dual 16X video bandwidth.
upgrade option down the road to the Core i9 when you need 6 cores

Con's:
Can be expensive. (depeding on location and store)
can be very hot if not in a well ventilated case.
Can only run 1066 MHz ram unless over clock to fully use cheaper 1333 MHz.
not as powerful turbo as the i5 and i7 8xx's cpus.

Well i hope this helps.


Hope this answers the whats the difference between i7 and i5.
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September 30, 2009 3:18:58 PM

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I5 or i7 for gaming?



If it's an Either/Or question, then let me ask: Single GPU or Crossfire/SLI?

i5(and i7 8~series) have a 16 lane PCi 2 controller directly on the processor, and are cheaper than a (9~series i7 and LGA1366 motherboard). Great for probably 80+% of the (gaming) market, since most people only run a single GPU. The downside is with 16 lanes On-Die, it doesn't scale quite as well in a multi~Card graphics setup as the full on X58/i7 can. Something like a 5~10% less of an increase.

So... If you want a single card setup - Save a few bucks (or spend it on a better graphics card) and go with an i5 or 8~series i7. If you intend on going multi-GPU from the start, then go for a 9~series i7/x58 Mobo to take best advantage of it's better graphics scalability.
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September 30, 2009 3:19:11 PM

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September 30, 2009 5:32:15 PM

965BE is an absolute waste of money.
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September 30, 2009 6:45:27 PM

sybergeek said:
Please also suggest complete specs for the pc. my budget is $800 to $1300...
Does this include the monitor, OS, speakers, keyboard, mouse?
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October 4, 2009 6:37:11 AM

Newf said:
Does this include the monitor, OS, speakers, keyboard, mouse?


No cpu and monitor only...

Also thank you for answer.. all of you
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