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February 4, 2010 6:05:20 PM

I would be grateful for help in deciding between an i5 build and an AMD Phenom 955 build.

I'm only interested in getting excellent performance out of WoW while having firefox and teamspeak running at the same time, low lag, fast alt+tab, high fps.

Should I run an Nvidia 250 or ATI 5770 card on the build?

Should I get a new HDD or will my (2 year old) 160gb Hitachi do the job (8Mb cache)?


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: GBP 600 / USD 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing WoW (high fps / low lag), Internet, VOIP, Streaming Video.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CDROM, HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Aria / DABs / Overclockers
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.K.

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Processors: Intel i5 750 or AMD Phenom 955 BE

Case: Antec 300 or Lian Li Lancool K58

Corsair 1333 / 1600Mz

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

Many thanks, CKS

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February 4, 2010 6:11:54 PM

With that Resolution, the GTS 250 & 5770 will both be overkill, though if you decide to get a better monitor with 1650 x 1250, they would both serve you well playing WOW. Let me see what i can conjure up for you for $1,000.00 US$...

In the meantime, will you be able to use Newegg to buy the items?
February 4, 2010 6:27:02 PM

Thanks for the help. Highly unlikely I can use Newegg to buy items as I doubt they ship to the UK, also for peace of mind I would like a UK vendor so I can return parts if needed.

Budget is less of a problem, I am more interested in a good value system with well chosen and compatible parts.
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February 4, 2010 6:37:04 PM

A new HD would be nice, but if you can hold off for now your old Hitachi will do the job. For the case, I say the Antec 300. For the CPU and motherboard, I say the Phenom II 955 and a crossfire motherboard. If you're going to stay with a resolution of 1280x1024 for some time, then a Radeon 5750 (which is about as fast as the GTS250) would be a better option for you. With a crossfire board you cad add another 5750 latter on when you need more GPU performance.
February 4, 2010 6:37:57 PM

Below is in USD$$$

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $199.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - $104.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $164.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that equals $875.00 before shipping which leaves $125.00 for a new monitor, perhaps a nice 22-inch monitor is in order if you can find one for $125.00 or less....

The monitor below is $159.99...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7/i5 Power Supply - $99.99 (with $10.00 mail-in rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

UPDATE*** I see that you are in the kingdom so i would just use my list as reference and see if you can find the same items from a UK vendor. ALL are quality items and will last you at least 3 years... This link may help to find good UK vendors...

http://forums.tweakguides.com/showthread.php?t=5765
February 4, 2010 7:00:26 PM

I would get the Intel System with the ATI 5770 video card. It can run three monitors for WOW!
Get a $55 - 500GB Hard Drive at Newegg or Tigerdirect. You'll thank yourself.
February 4, 2010 7:48:18 PM

You're a gamer. You don't need a quadcore, especially an i5-750. I'd go AMD X4 955 (OC to 3.8 GHz) with AM3 socket mobo which will save about $125 that you put towards a 23" or 24" LCD and a better video card and larger hard drive.


February 4, 2010 7:53:02 PM

hundredislandsboy said:
(OC to 3.8 GHz) with AM3 socket mobo which will save about $125 that you put towards a 23" or 24" LCD and a better video card and larger hard drive.


lol, not trying to be a jerk, but you just suggested that he does not need a quad core, then promptly suggested a quad core... "You're a gamer. You don't need a quadcore, especially an i5-750. I'd go AMD X4 955"
February 4, 2010 8:12:59 PM

If you can afford Intel then that's what you should buy. If you care about DX11 buy an ATI GPU.
February 4, 2010 8:26:49 PM

Intel system + ATI card more powerful combo.
AMD System and ATI card = cheaper combo.
February 4, 2010 8:54:24 PM

Personally I went with the AM3 board and the 955 because I was on a budget and wanted to be able to upgrade to a 6 core later. The I5-750 is better then the 955 but the 1156 has not current upgrade path.

I agree that the I5 and ATI card is currently better then the AMD 955 but it is also more expensive and is pretty much all you can get with out replacing the Mobo and CPU down the line.
February 5, 2010 3:30:55 AM

jonpaul37 said:
lol, not trying to be a jerk, but you just suggested that he does not need a quad core, then promptly suggested a quad core... "You're a gamer. You don't need a quadcore, especially an i5-750. I'd go AMD X4 955"


Sorry. You're right. I meant he doesn't need an overvalued Intel quadcore. He would get better value with AMD.
February 5, 2010 4:18:11 AM

lol he could run 3 instances of WoW with a dual core, let alone any of the quads you guys are suggesting. I Just just get a high clocked AMD CPU, dont worry about wether its a quad or a dual, either will work fine for what you want to do and the system the guy posted is complete overkill for WoW. If you dont plan on playing any other games in the next year or two, i wouldnt waste money on such a good system now to play WoW. Wait till you find another game you like that needs a better PC, then do a full upgrade, as parts then will be better/cheaper and more current lol.
February 5, 2010 11:21:01 AM

hundredislandsboy said:
Sorry. You're right. I meant he doesn't need an overvalued Intel quadcore. He would get better value with AMD.



LOL, understood. I was just suggesting the i5 750 for OC reasons, that thing is a beast! and as OP said, $$$ is not an issue.

@ users who talk about upgrading to 6 cores, he is Playing WOW, not FSX, he will NOT need 6 cores, the i5 is plenty enough as WOW only supports 3 cores...
February 5, 2010 3:22:07 PM

AMD All the way dude
February 6, 2010 8:47:25 AM

One last questions:

Is Windows XP going to work on the above recommendations or will I have to upgrade to Wins 7?

Thanks for all the advice guys!
February 6, 2010 9:00:23 AM

CKS said:
One last questions:

Is Windows XP going to work on the above recommendations or will I have to upgrade to Wins 7?

Thanks for all the advice guys!


Any OS will work, but windows 7 is recommended IMO.
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