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April 7, 2010 4:55:47 PM

Hello, I'm trying to figure out if i should put a

(Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8500 CPU @ 3.16GHz 1333FSB 6MB L2 Cache 64-bit

or a

Intel® Core™ i5-661 3.33 GHz 4M L3 Cache LGA1156

in my computer.

I use my computer mostly for gaming.

some of my concerns are; the i5 has less cache than the core 2 duo, and the the i5 has slower bus speed.

if you want to look the the specs here they are:

core 2 duo
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=33911&processor=E8...

i5
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=43553&processor=i5...

please reply, to help me decide!

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April 7, 2010 5:28:36 PM

That's a no-brainer. You shouldn't even be considering an old dead-end LGA 775 CPU. The dual-core i5 chip isn't a good choice, though. You can get the quad-core i5 750 for $5 cheaper.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $194.99
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April 7, 2010 5:41:18 PM

Other then the 750, all of the other i5's are dual cores with shitty integrated graphics which is not viable for proper gaming.

Also as shortstuff said, socket 775 is effectively dead now, you'd be wasting your money buying a new system based on it.

What is the complete spec of the setup you're planning?
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April 7, 2010 8:35:42 PM

flaminggerbil said:
Other then the 750, all of the other i5's are dual cores with shitty integrated graphics which is not viable for proper gaming.

Also as shortstuff said, socket 775 is effectively dead now, you'd be wasting your money buying a new system based on it.

What is the complete spec of the setup you're planning?


if you go to

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/CyberPower_H55_Confi...

then type 2556698 in the load box it will show you the computer im planning.
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April 7, 2010 8:37:57 PM

Have you considered building the system yourself? You get a higher quality system when you build it yourself. Pre-built systems cut corners anywhere they can. It's not very hard at all to build your own if you can read a manual and have a little common sense.
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April 7, 2010 8:38:26 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
That's a no-brainer. You shouldn't even be considering an old dead-end LGA 775 CPU. The dual-core i5 chip isn't a good choice, though. You can get the quad-core i5 750 for $5 cheaper.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $194.99


well, i don't think so... i will probably get the i5, but my dad said the most games only take advantage of dual cores not quad, so for gaming a faster dual would be better than i slower (by slower i mean each core) quad..
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April 7, 2010 8:40:03 PM

I hate to disagree with your dad, but have you looked at the gaming benchmarks lately?
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April 7, 2010 8:41:22 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Have you considered building the system yourself? You get a higher quality system when you build it yourself. Pre-built systems cut corners anywhere they can. It's not very hard at all to build your own if you can read a manual and have a little common sense.


i'm intending to get a custom computer.

if you want to see it go to http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/CyberPower_H55_Confi...

then type 2556698 in the load box.
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April 7, 2010 8:44:03 PM

I'm aware that you're planning on using Cyberpowerpc. That's why I asked if you could build it yourself instead. Cyberpowerpc doesn't impress me. You can build a better system for the money if you do it yourself.
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April 7, 2010 8:50:56 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
I'm aware that you're planning on using Cyberpowerpc. That's why I asked if you could build it yourself instead. Cyberpowerpc doesn't impress me. You can build a better system for the money if you do it yourself.


well technically i could build it my self, but i don't think i could get it for that mush better of a price by building it myself.
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April 7, 2010 8:52:18 PM

yogman,

ignore the cache, bus speed, and clock speed.

The Core 2 architecture and i5 are two different architectures so you can not cross compare them.

The i5 is a newer architecture so clock for clock its a fair bit faster despite its lack luster featers on paper. Also Bear in mind that socket 775 is dead so a core 2 isnt recommended if you plan on future upgrades.

Oh yeah, with games like GTA IV and Battlefield Bad Company the dual cores people are crying on the forum that their games are not running as well. Take our advice and get a quad core.
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April 7, 2010 9:02:10 PM

Quote:
yogman,

ignore the cache, bus speed, and clock speed.

The Core 2 architecture and i5 are two different architectures so you can not cross compare them.

The i5 is a newer architecture so clock for clock its a fair bit faster despite its lack luster featers on paper. Also Bear in mind that socket 775 is dead so a core 2 isnt recommended if you plan on future upgrades.

Oh yeah, with games like GTA IV and Battlefield Bad Company the dual cores people are crying on the forum that their games are not running as well. Take our advice and get a quad core.


So you think i should go with the quad?

also, have you look at the computer that i want?

well if you haven't go to
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/CyberPower_H55_Confi...

then type 2557774 in the load box!

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April 7, 2010 9:03:17 PM

Quote:
yogman,

ignore the cache, bus speed, and clock speed.

The Core 2 architecture and i5 are two different architectures so you can not cross compare them.

The i5 is a newer architecture so clock for clock its a fair bit faster despite its lack luster featers on paper. Also Bear in mind that socket 775 is dead so a core 2 isnt recommended if you plan on future upgrades.

Oh yeah, with games like GTA IV and Battlefield Bad Company the dual cores people are crying on the forum that their games are not running as well. Take our advice and get a quad core.


also the quad has l2 cache and the dual has l3 cache, so is L2 cache ok?
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April 7, 2010 9:08:46 PM

It's not hard to build a much better gaming system for less than that Cyberpowerpc system. Here's an example:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $299.98 - $15.00 MIR (CPU + motherboard + free game combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\-_-32-116-754-_-Product $99.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.95 (w/$10 promo code add10, ends 4/13) - $20.00 MIR

Total - $919.87 - $35.00 MIR's

You're going to be disappointed with the SLI GT 240's in that Cyberpower build. If you can go a little higher on the budget you could get a 5850 and play just about any game out there on high settings at up a 1080p resolution. What resolution does your monitor run at?

POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5850 1GBD5-PPDHG2 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $299.99
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April 7, 2010 9:11:44 PM

yogman said:
also the quad has l2 cache and the dual has l3 cache, so is L2 cache ok?



Were you not listening to a thing I said. Ignore the bus speed, clock speed and cache in this situation. The core 2 isnt even an option for the many reasons I said before (slower and has no upgrade path)

Read this review...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/01/04/intel-...

Pay extra attention to the i5-750(2.66GHz) and the E8400(3GHz) ...which card is higher on the rank? This is just to show you that the i5 is faster than the core 2 series when clock SLOWER than it, so the i5 is clock for clock faster.

understand?
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April 7, 2010 9:13:57 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
It's not hard to build a much better gaming system for less than that Cyberpowerpc system. Here's an example:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $299.98 - $15.00 MIR (CPU + motherboard + free game combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\-_-32-116-754-_-Product $99.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.95 (w/$10 promo code add10, ends 4/13) - $20.00 MIR

Total - $919.87 - $35.00 MIR's

You're going to be disappointed with the SLI GT 240's in that Cyberpower build. If you can go a little higher on the budget you could get a 5850 and play just about any game out there on high settings at up a 1080p resolution. What resolution does your monitor run at?

POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5850 1GBD5-PPDHG2 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $299.99


ok well, thank you for doing to research, but i like Intel and nvidia
and i will consider building one ill have to see when i get the money for it.
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April 7, 2010 9:15:26 PM

Quote:
Were you not listening to a thing I said. Ignore the bus speed, clock speed and cache in this situation. The core 2 isnt even an option for the many reasons I said before (slower and has no upgrade path)

Read this review...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/01/04/intel-...

Pay extra attention to the i5-750(2.66GHz) and the E8400(3GHz) ...which card is higher on the rank? This is just to show you that the i5 is faster than the core 2 series when clock SLOWER than it, so the i5 is clock for clock faster.

understand?


yes i understand. so bottom line you think i should get the i5 quad?
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April 7, 2010 9:17:07 PM

I guess if you can't get over your Intel and Nvidia bias then you can enjoy your sub-par system. Being a fanboi just limits your possibilities for no good reason. Nvidia is currently getting their arses handed to them by ATI. ATI cards offer higher speeds, use less power, run cooler, and have support for DX11. At your budget, AMD is a much better idea since a gaming system needs the best GPU possible. The CPU makes very little difference on a gaming system.
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April 7, 2010 9:18:50 PM

yogman said:
yes i understand. so bottom line you think i should get the i5 quad?


I'm not saying to get the i5, but the Core 2 isnt an option.

Your options right now are i5, i7 or AMD Phenom II.

And I agree with the above posters, you'd not get the best gaming PC from that website, you'd be better off buying all the components yourself, it will be cheaper whilst benefiting from a better overall specification (performance).
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April 7, 2010 9:19:27 PM

You can swap the CPU and motherboard in my build above for these and the cost is exactly the same as the CyberpowerPC build. All the other components could stay the same. I won't even suggest an Nvidia GPU because they don't make any sense at all right now.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $359.98 - $15.00 MIR
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April 7, 2010 9:20:32 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
I guess if you can't get over your Intel and Nvidia bias then you can enjoy your sub-par system. Being a fanboi just limits your possibilities for no good reason. Nvidia is currently getting their arses handed to them by ATI. ATI cards offer higher speeds, use less power, run cooler, and have support for DX11. At your budget, AMD is a much better idea since a gaming system needs the best GPU possible. The CPU makes very little difference on a gaming system.


well could you do a Intel CPU with ADI graphics?
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April 7, 2010 9:21:15 PM

yogman said:
well could you do a Intel CPU with ADI graphics?

Yup, I just did. See the post just above yours.
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April 7, 2010 9:30:21 PM

yogman,

shortstuff_mt is on point. Also bear in mind if you go the Phenom II route you could shave alteast $200-300 off the entire build for similar gaming performance. Also The Phenom II builld would allow for a better video card 58xx series and hence getting better performance for the same price or cheaper than the i5 with 5770 build.
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April 7, 2010 9:30:33 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Yup, I just did. See the post just above yours.


But other than price is there really anything that wrong with cyberpower?
i mean you can customize everything.
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April 7, 2010 9:33:13 PM

If i5 is keeping you from getting a good GPU then maybe you could look into i3? If you're an overclocker the i3 is a superb CPU (4ghz on stock cooler/voltage is possible) for the price. If you don't play any CPU dependant games (FSX, GTA IV) then a dual core will be fine, especially if you OC it.

Your dad is right, most games will see zero benefit from a quad core, but more and more new games are seeing benefit, so quad is becoming the norm for gamers.

Fyi cyberpower is greAt, its Dell and HP and others you need to watch out for. Make sure you can pick a PSU brand on cyberpower however.
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April 7, 2010 9:33:46 PM

yogman said:
But other than price is there really anything that wrong with cyberpower?
i mean you can customize everything.

Yes, you have to spend extra for a quality PSU and RAM. They also don't give you good specs on the hard drive, so it's likely not a very good one. Like I said, they cut corners anywhere they can. The PSU is the one place to NOT cut corners. A quality PSU is the key to a stable, long-lasting system. You're paying a company to build you an average system when you could build a very nice system for the same price.
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April 7, 2010 9:36:57 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Yes, you have to spend extra for a quality PSU and RAM. They also don't give you good specs on the hard drive, so it's likely not a very good one. Like I said, they cut corners anywhere they can. The PSU is the one place to NOT cut corners. A quality PSU is the key to a stable, long-lasting system. You're paying a company to build you an average system when you could build a very nice system for the same price.


one the hard drive specs are clearly listed (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

and two whats the PSU?

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April 7, 2010 9:39:06 PM

Those specs on the hard drive don't tell you what brand the drive is. Not all 500GB SATA II hard drives are equal. The one I put in the build above uses a single 500GB platter and is much faster than older units that use two 250GB platters. I don't know how else to tell you this other than to say I've been building systems for years and you can't tell everything from the vague descriptions on websites like CyberpowerPC.

PSU = Power Supply unit.
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April 7, 2010 9:39:21 PM

Raidur said:
If i5 is keeping you from getting a good GPU then maybe you could look into i3? If you're an overclocker the i3 is a superb CPU (4ghz on stock cooler/voltage is possible) for the price. If you don't play any CPU dependant games (FSX, GTA IV) then a dual core will be fine, especially if you OC it.

Your dad is right, most games will see zero benefit from a quad core, but more and more new games are seeing benefit, so quad is becoming the norm for gamers.

Fyi cyberpower is greAt, its Dell and HP and others you need to watch out for. Make sure you can pick a PSU brand on cyberpower however.


FINALLY SOME AGREES THE CYBERPOWER IS OK!
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April 7, 2010 9:40:01 PM

Listen to your dad. Show him this post.

Your proposed system is not so bad, but I think you can do better. Do you need to add in a OS to your costs?

I3 is vastly superior to the Core 2 It will adequately power a graphics card as good as a 5850 in most games. FSX and a handful of games might be an exception. Read this article showing the i3-530 compared to X4-965, i7-870, and X3-720 in stock and overclocked . The net of it is, that the performance difference among all of them is insignificant.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i3-gaming,2588...

I would not buy the generic psu that cyberpower or anybody else offers, you are just asking for trouble.

Tell your dad that you want to build one yourself. It is not so hard to do, and he should be supportive of researching and doing it yourself. The experience is priceless. Online prices are reasonable, and you avoid the cyberpower markup. Good vendors like newegg will take back any component that is defective. Past that, you get the manufacturer's warranty on components, and that will often exceed the cyperpower typical 1 year warranty.

Post the build list here for comments and a check for compatibility.
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April 7, 2010 9:41:04 PM

You have to spend an extra $65 to get a good Corsair PSU on your CyberpowerPC build. The 700W XremeGear PSU that is selected is not a quality unit.
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April 7, 2010 9:41:24 PM

Raidur said:
If i5 is keeping you from getting a good GPU then maybe you could look into i3? If you're an overclocker the i3 is a superb CPU (4ghz on stock cooler/voltage is possible) for the price. If you don't play any CPU dependant games (FSX, GTA IV) then a dual core will be fine, especially if you OC it.

Your dad is right, most games will see zero benefit from a quad core, but more and more new games are seeing benefit, so quad is becoming the norm for gamers.

Fyi cyberpower is greAt, its Dell and HP and others you need to watch out for. Make sure you can pick a PSU brand on cyberpower however.


also what do you mean by a PSU brand?
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April 7, 2010 9:44:48 PM

Raidur said:
If you don't play any CPU dependant games (FSX, GTA IV) then a dual core will be fine, especially if you OC it.

Your dad is right, most games will see zero benefit from a quad core, but more and more new games are seeing benefit, so quad is becoming the norm for gamers.



I wouldnt take the risk, games are becoming more demanding all the time. You'd be better off not benefiting from a quad core for a year or so if it means in a year from now you're secure. You do not want to spend near enough a 1,000 on a rig and then in a year you are suffering.

Also, a side note, my friend and I play battlefield 2 bad company, He has a E5200 whilst I have a Athlon II X4 620 - his loading is about 20-30 seconds longer than mine.
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April 7, 2010 9:48:12 PM

yogman said:
also what do you mean by a PSU brand?


A PSU from a respected brand, i.e. Corsair, OCZ, Cooler Master, Thermaltake, Antec amongst a few others.
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April 7, 2010 9:54:28 PM

Ok well thanks for all of your help!

i see review the post and make my decision on what i want to do, but first i need to get the rest of my funds. so thanks again!

p.s. How do you Close a posting?
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April 7, 2010 9:57:05 PM

like close this tread?
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April 7, 2010 9:57:41 PM

I don't think you can close it, but you can mark is as solved by selecting a "best answer".
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April 7, 2010 10:01:45 PM

Best answer selected by yogman.
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April 7, 2010 10:10:29 PM

wait one more question.

will 2 NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 1GB 16X PCI Express provide pretty awesome graphics?
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April 7, 2010 10:13:49 PM

Nope, that's what I said earlier. The GT 240 is a low-end GPU that won't perform well, even in SLI. A single ATI 5770 will provide better performance.
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April 7, 2010 10:14:59 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Nope, that's what I said earlier. The GT 240 is a low-end GPU that won't perform well, even in SLI. A single ATI 5770 will provide better performance.


so two of those would provide pretty awesome graphics?
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April 7, 2010 10:18:03 PM

or since i have a buget of less than 1000 would two 5450s provide pretty awesome graphics?
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April 7, 2010 10:19:16 PM

Using two of any graphics cards right off the bat doesn't make any sense. A multiple GPU system uses more power, runs hotter, and completely eliminates the possibility of adding another GPU later. Some games also don't scale well at all with multiple cards. The best option is to get the best SINGLE GPU you can afford. If you have the money for two 5770's, then you would be better off going with a 5850.
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April 7, 2010 10:20:52 PM

yogman said:
or since i have a buget of less than 1000 would two 5450s provide pretty awesome graphics?

No, using two low-end 5450's isn't any better than two low-end GT 240's. A single 5770 is about the best you can do at your budget. If you got my system I suggested above you could add another 5770 later. I chose a motherboard and power supply that would allow that upgrade path on purpose.
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April 7, 2010 10:46:14 PM

yogman said:
so two of those would provide pretty awesome graphics?


The GT240 isnt very powerful even in SLI its isnt great.

The 5770 is decent, it isnt "amazing" but is able to play most games well. I would still shoot for a 58xxx series if your budget allows.
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April 7, 2010 11:32:11 PM

Ok so is it better to get one higher end graphics card or two medium graphics cards?
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April 7, 2010 11:34:27 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
You have to spend an extra $65 to get a good Corsair PSU on your CyberpowerPC build. The 700W XremeGear PSU that is selected is not a quality unit.


Ok so is it better to get one higher end graphics card or two medium graphics cards?
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April 7, 2010 11:37:26 PM

I thought I just gave my opinion on that subject. It's always best to get the best single GPU you can afford. Using multiple cards from the get-go isn't a good idea IMO. I still haven't seen you tell us what resolution your monitor runs at and what games you want to play. Those are the main considerations when choosing a graphics card.
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April 7, 2010 11:41:54 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
I thought I just gave my opinion on that subject. It's always best to get the best single GPU you can afford. Using multiple cards from the get-go isn't a good idea IMO. I still haven't seen you tell us what resolution your monitor runs at and what games you want to play. Those are the main considerations when choosing a graphics card.


well, sense i haven't actually bought the computer or the monitor, so i dont really know what the resolution is going to be.
but what single graphics card would you suggest and ill tell you if i can afford it.
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April 7, 2010 11:58:04 PM

yogman said:
Ok so is it better to get one higher end graphics card or two medium graphics cards?


It depends on the medium card, it might be better to have two 5750s or 5770s in crossfire than a single 4870X2 or 5830/5850 for example. In some situations two 5750s or 5770s can be cheaper than a single high end card whilst performing almost the same.

But the GT240 isnt "medium" its low end by today's standards.
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