Stuck between two builds and a few parts - Gaming PC Tags: Build Intel i5 Systems Last response: February 22, 2010 8:17 PM in Systems Share ansionnachcliste February 22, 2010 6:10:13 PM Hey there, I'm still trying to decide whether or not to build an AMD Phenom II X4 965 build with a 5870 HD GPU or an i5/i7 build with some of the same things but obviously different motherboards. I'm thinking of buying off www.scan.co.uk, as it's the only one I really know. The computer will be for gaming but also for some media based tasks such as recording and mixing audio for Uni. I came across a bundle offer on the website which is as follows: Radius Core i5 Bundle Overclocked at 4gHz: Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor 4GB (2x2) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 Memory Asus P7P55D LE Intel P55 Express PSS Motherboard Akasa AK-CC017 Freedom Tower CPU Cooler £434.74. I would need a case, possible a HAF 922? a monitor for high resolutions for gaming and Windows 7 64 Bit. The HAF 922 case is: £107.62 Perhaps a: 650W Corsair Professional CMPSU-650HXUK, Modular PSU with 80PLUS Bronze Certification for £92.40. The Phenom 965 is fairly cheap at £136.95 but how different is it to the i5? Or even the i7 and would there be a huge difference between them all? There probably isn't much need to wait for the Fermi cards is there? My budget would be about £1000 but if I could go much lower I would. Thanks guys . More about : stuck builds parts gaming osu43130 February 22, 2010 6:24:01 PM If you go AMD I would go with the 955 over the 965 no real need for the 965. It is just a slight factor over clock compared to the 955 and you can do that yourself and save the 10 bucks or so. Also look for the Hyper 212+ cooler it is only about 30 USD and is possibly the best bang for the buck when it comes to Coolers. Lastly I highly recommend the HAF 922 it is a great case with great cooling, and will fit whatever graphics card you buy. As far as the 955 compared to the i5-750. The i5-750 is better at gaming however it has little to no upgrade path with the Mother board you will have to get. I would say if you are going to be able to get the 5870 with the i5 go that route if not switch to the 955 and get the 5870. Assuming the monitor you get is at least 19xx as far as resolution goes. ansionnachcliste February 22, 2010 6:29:29 PM Thanks for your reply, Is that CPU really OC'd to 4gHz as it says on the site? That would be great but the temperatures could be very high. I've found the 212+ cooler, it's £20 which is good. The 5870 here is £326 Are there any other builds I could make and maybe OC at a later date as I'm totally new to OC'ing. Thanks. Related resources Help me choose between two different builds . - Forum I'm stuck between two builds (Vishera VS i7 Ivy Bridge). Need advice. - Forum Stuck between these two 7870s. - Forum Stuck Between Two Processors - Forum New AMD Build - need suggestions on a few parts - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer ansionnachcliste February 22, 2010 6:34:18 PM I also came across these two monitors: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/236-Acer-Aspire-GD245HQ-... Slightly expensive Or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/24-Acer-EcoDisplay-V243H... Looks simple and more affordable. If I do have to go over budget then I'll have to wait a little while longer before I complete the build. ansionnachcliste February 22, 2010 7:59:42 PM Heres one I came up with: I know I'm missing a monitor but that could come later, anything else I'm missing or replacements for these parts? Thanks. osu43130 February 22, 2010 8:02:13 PM i would still get the 955 over the 965 but looks good. ansionnachcliste February 22, 2010 8:17:28 PM Cool, was thinking that I might as well get the 965 for only about 8 quid more. I know I can overclock the 955 and get the same results too. Im a bit worried about the quality of some of the components. It's hard to find combo deals here in the UK; or maybe I'm not trying hard enough. Thanks again. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumNeed opinions between two gaming builds ForumHELP Between two Gaming PC Choices ForumNeed help deciding between two gaming pc builds ForumPlease help me decide between these two builds ! ForumFirst build , help me choose/improve between 2 builds ForumStuck between these two monitors ForumHelp with last few parts for custom built PC ! ForumUndecided between the two builds . ForumWhat do you think of these two builds ? ForumFew final checks, HP PC , will this work? ForumGaming PC around $900-1000, buying parts next day or two ForumHTPC Mobo+CPU ~$150 ForumUpdated build for purchase 3/10/2010 comments appreciated. ForumAssistance with 5870/AMD gaming build ForumNew parts ordered from newegg for new gaming rig..what do u guys think More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !