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I5 with 5970 or i7 920 with 5870?

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February 5, 2010 9:06:53 PM

Hey, I'm debating whether I should go with an i5 with a Radeon HD 5970 or the i7 920 with a Radeon HD 5870? I have the two builds as wishlists on Newegg so you can compare the two.

**Note** I do not need a HDD or and OS, that's why they're not included. My budget is $1400, so please keep that in mind as well.

Core i5 with 5970:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Core i7 920 with 5870:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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February 5, 2010 9:17:45 PM

if your gonna game definately go with the i5 5970 build. This would be amazingly future proof in terms of graphics. If your work requires you to do some programs that require a shitload of processing go with the i7. Id also suggest looking to see which combos you could get. My motto is "ABUSE THE COMBOS"
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February 5, 2010 9:24:59 PM

I would go i5 750 HD 5970
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February 5, 2010 9:28:09 PM

I would go with the i5 750 and the 5970 but the 5970 is out of stock everywhere! Does anyone know about the stocking of them, when they get in, or if there are even any available? Thanks.
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February 5, 2010 9:34:00 PM

Sure don't know about the stocking, But if your on a rez of 1920x1200 the HD 5870 would be a grate GPU also it would max out all games but Crysis @ very high setting.

Take a look at some reviews

HD 5970 http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3679

HD 5870 http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643&p=1

That is if you want to save some money.

I would go with a better mobo that has xfire and latter if your not happy with the HD 5870 add a 2nd

I do like that you at least Know where to spend your money on a gaming system, I seen a lot of will a i7 920 with a GTS 250 @ 1920x1080 be good for gaming
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February 5, 2010 9:35:30 PM

^+1

its hard to justify spending more money on an i7 if your not running processor intensive highly threaded apps.
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February 5, 2010 9:41:15 PM

Tough choice.....

The 5970 gives you more GFX longevity but will they still be around when / if you want a second one ?

Adding a 2nd 5870 will give you significantly better performance once you add it in but will the price / performance over the 5970 hold thru then ?

OTOH, the 1366 socket gives you more CPU upgrade ability and hexacores should be at 920 proces 2 years from now. With SATA III capable boards now, will the compliant HD's and SSD's make the extra bandwidth for RAID and other MoBo plug in hardware worth having with X58 ?

I generally do a GFX and CPU upgrade after two years so, for me anyway, the 1366 seems the better fit.....if you fit a different mold, then go the way that fits your past or likely future practice
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February 5, 2010 9:44:12 PM

Well, I do do Photoshop and some rendering, as well as video editing and 3D rendering. Does that affect anything? I'm guessing that'd land me with the i7 and the 5870...
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February 5, 2010 9:47:55 PM

give me a sec i will spec a build to look at
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February 5, 2010 9:55:25 PM

Ok this build give you a CPU with HT that will be better for ( Photoshop and some rendering, as well as video editing and 3D rendering ) the other stuff you like to do besides gaming, and will allow for a 2nd HD 5870 down the road if you like and OCing

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You could even get away with this PSU with 2 HD 5870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the other is nice with add on cables for a cleaner build but not a must
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February 6, 2010 2:02:51 AM

Okay, so that's good and all, but I really just want to game; Photoshopping, rendering, video editing and 3D rendering are backseat here. I only so those occasionally. Would that change anything in terms of the build?
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February 6, 2010 2:14:03 AM

Its really up to you a i5 750 or a i7 860 both will be good for gaming but the i7 860 will be better for the other stuff as well as gaming its up to you if its worth the 80 bucks more.

If it was only a gaming PC i would go i5 750

But maybe the time you save when doing the other stuff dont really bother you
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February 6, 2010 6:56:49 AM

It basically only is a gaming PC, I just do that stuff on rare occasions (Photoshop slightly less rarely). So since the main thing is gaming, I should go with the i5?
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February 6, 2010 1:32:16 PM

I would just go i5 750 then your still going to be able to do the other stufff it just might take 112 Sec VS 98 sec
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February 6, 2010 4:01:10 PM

Yeah, but socket 1156 isn't really future proof, according to a lot of places. What about that?
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February 6, 2010 5:01:18 PM

I have never upgraded my CPU on any platform i have had, I will keep my system 3 to 4 years and buy i new mobo cpu GPU and RAM if needed. If you think you will need 6 cores in a year or 2 for gaming when only a hand full of games out now use 4 cores then maybe a X58 platform is for you.

Only you can answer that
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February 6, 2010 8:55:34 PM

So basically, if I want to upgrade every 1 or 2 years (which I can't afford), go for the socket 1366, but if I want something that will last a long time while still delivering I, go socket 1156?
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February 6, 2010 9:12:07 PM

Actually, I think I'm going to go i7 860, because that beats out the 920 in most benchmarks, and is still in my price range. Plus it's good for gaming. Any other thoughts?
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February 6, 2010 10:47:29 PM

Best answer selected by blu3flannel.
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February 7, 2010 2:51:36 AM

blu3flannel said:
Actually, I think I'm going to go i7 860, because that beats out the 920 in most benchmarks, and is still in my price range. Plus it's good for gaming. Any other thoughts?


I think that would be a grate system, If in 2 years games get more demanding that your GPU wont let you run it @ very high setting you can drop in another GPU, and if you need a little more CPU power you can always oc it to 3.4 3.6
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