Hi I am thinking of building a new computer and would like to ask something.I cant decide between to cpus.I am thinking of getting a athlon II x4 620 the new quad core because it is alot cheaper than corei5.There is a bundle on a site the athlon bundle is 300$ and the corei5 bundle is 500$.They both have 4gb rams the mobos are of course different.So I was thinking if I should go for the athlon and use that 200$ difference to get the 5870 instead of a lesser card.Would the CPU cause anybottle necks or should I go for corei5 + 5850.
If you're paying $500 for a Core i5 750 + motherboard + 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM you're paying too much unless it's a high end P55 motherboard (above $200).
You would be a lot happier with a more powerful Core i5 than a budget Athlon II X4 especially if you're planning on getting the Radeon 5850 series cards.I think that the Radeon 5870 cards are just too pricey right now.Right now though aftermarket CPU heatsinks/fans for the i5/P55 platform are few in numbers because the platform is so new.However the i5 can over clocked sometimes over 50% their clocked speeds with monstrous performance gains.I see some individuals have even obtained over clocks by as much as around 4.2-4.3 Ghz with high end air cooling (even slightly more than Core i7/X58 users).
Later on you can add a second 5850 graphics card in CF with a i5 and a 5850 if you want super gaming performance at a low cost (bang per buck).
They'll will be more availability in the next few weeks/days. The 5850 just came out around last week I believe and they're in pretty high demand so they usually sell out shortly after they come in stock. Just check Newegg.ca every day and see if they're in.
As for the CPU, I would for sure go for the i5, its ridiculously better.
Im checking 3 places right now and haven't catched 5850 yet.Im looking at newegg.ca,canadacomputers and ncix.They are all out of stock at the moment.Anyway here is the other parts I picked so far,I am open for any suggestions.
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - 80$
ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 150$
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ... - Retail -120$
I have an 24" Acer lcd monitor H243HBID sth with 1920x1080 resolution.So what am I missing is the 5850 a dwd writer which is no big deal and a not too expensive sound system.I also have a 1TB harddrive which has some files in it so I might buy another driver too.
All prices are in canada dollars.I think this system will hit 1300$ with taxes and stuff.
Sorry but running crossfire runs well with i5 and the P55 platform.
The difference between 8 X 8 and 16 X 16 is minimal just a few percent.
Toms hardware even has a recent SBM with the i5 and 2 Radeon 5850's in crossfire.