So I'm planning on buying a new computer. I right now have come down to two options.
Both of the computers cost as much, 9995 SEK or 1300 USD, so I would like you to help me decide which one is better.
I use my computer mainly for gaming but also for video editing programs and such.
Here are the specs for each computer:
Intel Core i5 750-----
Cooler Master HAF 932 Big Tower Black Fans: 1x 230mm Front, 1x 230mm Top, 1x 230mm Side, 1x 140mm Rear, Red
Silver Power SP-SS650 650W PSU, ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus Bronze, Standard, 1× 6pin PCIe, 1x 6+2pin PCIe
Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-750 2,66GHz, Socket LGA1156, 8MB, Boxed
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL9 Kit w/2x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, for Core i5 and i7, 1.65V, Intel XMP
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3, P55, Socket-1156 4xDDR3, ATX, GbLAN, USB3.0, PCI-Ex(2.0)x16
XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort, 725MHz, "Aliens vs Predator"
Western Digital Caviar® GreenPower™ 1TB Sata 3 Gb/s, 64MB Cache
Antistatic Armchain 180cm
Black DVD±RW burner
AMD Phenom™ II X4 945------------
Cooler Master HAF Mini 922 Black 1x 200mm front fan, 1x top 200mm fan, 1x rear 120mm fan, Red LEDs on/off, (Without PSU)
Corsair TX 850W PSU, ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus, Standard, 4x 6+2-pin PCIe, 8x SATA, 140mm Fläkt
AMD Phenom II X4 945, 3,0Ghz, AM3, 8MB, 95W, Boxed
Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1333MHz 4GB Kit w/2X HyperX 2GB DDR3, CL7-7-7-20, 240pin
2x XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort, 850MHz, "Aliens vs Predator"
Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4, Socket-AM3 AMD 790X+SB750, ATX, DDR3 , USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, GbLAN, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
Antistatic Armchain 180cm
Svart DVD±RW brännare
It depends on the games that you'll be playing. Yes the 2x5770 is faster than the 5850, but the games have to support it. Also the 5770 uses more power than the 5850 while idling (about 10w more). In crossfire the 5770 will use ~75w more and will generate more heat.
Personally I'd go with the 5850 rather than the 2x 5770. But if your games support CF, go with the AMD rig. Objectively, I think the Intel deal is the better one.
Have you tried pricing the components separately? I'm afraid I don't live in Sweden so I won't know where to get the best deals.
Bad review as in the article is bad because it does not do load testing, right? But not necessarily a bad product... I would still go for Intel package. Even without SATA 3.0 as I doubt it will matter much.
May 16, 2010 1:05:44 PM
with intel your socket have a shorter life than amd socket if you want to upgrade later on!
look at intel since 478 then 775 then 1156 then 1366 even on the same socket some times chipset doesn't support new CPU.