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3 COMPUTER CHOICES! HELP ME CHOOSE!

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January 16, 2010 1:09:01 PM

Hi, im off to buy a computer soon enough and i need some advice on 3 systems i can choose from. The computer will be homebuilt.

Ranks of what is most important for this computer:

Have in mind that all of them are important.

1. Multitasking
2. Movies.
3. Games
4. Programming,editing
5. Somewhat futureproof


If it is possible please let me know the bad and good things of each computer.

If something is off with the builds please let me know, also the computers will be running ubuntu linux.

Have in mind that things are more expensive here in Sweden.




Computer 1:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3, P55, Socket-1156

Processor: Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-750

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

Power Supply: Corsair HX 650W PSU

Case: NZXT TEMPEST Midi Tower Black

RAM: Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1600MHz 4GB CL8

Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7240S

Harddrive: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB

Antistatic armchain


Total price: 1410$





Computer 2:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5, Socket-AM3

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

Power Supply: Corsair HX 650W PSU

Case: NZXT TEMPEST Midi Tower Black

RAM: Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1600MHz 4GB CL8

Optical drive: Sony NEC Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7240S

Harddrive: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB

Antistatic armchain


Total price: 1497€





Computer 3:

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage II GENE, X58

Processor: Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-920

Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 [OR] Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

Power Supply: Corsair HX 650W PSU

Case: Antec Three Hundred Midi Tower Svart [OR] NZXT TEMPEST Midi Tower Black

RAM: Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1600MHz 4GB CL8

Optical drive: Sony NEC Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7240S

Harddrive: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB

Antistatic armchain


Total price: 1482$ [OR] 1700$



Thanx in advance for the answers!

//IBTG

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2010 5:12:04 PM

If it was me, and budget wasn't too big of an issue, I'd go with the i7 build, but that's just me. All three are very solid builds, and will last you quite a while. 4 cores with HT enabled is fun though.
January 16, 2010 6:03:38 PM

Thx for the answer. Allthough you didnt consider that the graphics card is way lower in performance then on the other builds.

More details would be appreciated!

//IBTG
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January 16, 2010 6:53:03 PM

Please IGNORE the [OR] items. I just realised that they are over my budget.

//IBTG
January 16, 2010 7:00:56 PM

what do you mean by multitasking? (I see it's your number 1 consideration) Do you mean intensive multitasking (graphics design, movie editing etc.) or simple browser, music, messaging etc?

I would probably go with the i5 build if you don't think you'll be taking advantage of hyper-threading. You won't see much if any difference between the i5 and i7 in gaming.

Also, for your i7 build you should be using triple channel ram (6 gb kits) instead of dual-channel.
January 16, 2010 7:28:39 PM

I whould go for the i7 configuration becouse neither 5770 or 5850 are future proof(usually the GPU is the first component that get outdated). i7 has posibility of tri-channel memory and it has HT.
AMD is too expensive here for his performance+ the intel iX series are a lot more efficent then PhenomII lineup.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2010 1:11:09 AM

Uh. 2 or 3 if you like upgradability. Period.

Now past that, why are you wanting to run linux with such graphics cards? Yes, ATi's drivers are getting better and better for faster stuff. What are you even going to use all that graphics power for under linux?

It would probably be better to go with a cheaper nvidia one anyway (just for
absolute linux support)

I dual boot linux and win7 on my gaming laptop, using windows primarily for gaming.
January 17, 2010 11:18:56 AM

Yes well, i cant afford an Windows OS if i buy one of these computers.

So my choise is linux since its free. Also, i might buy an Windows OS in the future.

By the way, should i wait 3-4 months for Fermi to come out? Maybe parts will be cheaper then and so i might be able to afford an Win OS?

Thanx again for answers!

//IBTG
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2010 7:04:18 PM

Well if that's an option go ahead. Though really, that would have the most effect on graphics assuming it shakes anything up at all.

Though just as a until you can get windows, that totally works.
January 17, 2010 8:06:38 PM

Thx again for the help. Seems like i will be waiting a few months.

How do i close a thread? Or [Solve] it.

//IBTG
January 17, 2010 9:26:38 PM

Go to the best answer (in your opinion) and click choose as best answer.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2010 4:50:21 AM

Yup, just like that.
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