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April 25, 2010 7:49:19 PM

I'm looking to spend around a thousand dollars on components for a new gaming machine build. I have a 650w nspire and a 650w thermaltake PSUs available so I shouldn't need a PSU. Right now I am looking for some opinions on which would be better way to go:

An i7 + leaving 200-230 dollars for a video card (5830 even though it's crippled?) or a i5 giving me enough wiggle room to go with a 5850 range card.

Optionally, if it's an easier question to answer i'm expecting ram + case (I need a new one bad) + HD to cost me ~250-300 dollars so i'm looking for the best Video card/mobo/cpu combo for ~$700.00-800.00.

the i7 build I have so far is:

GIGABYTE GV-R583UD-1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB
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ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W
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The 5830 definitely isn't my first choice, but the price point is nice at $220.

The i5 i'm looking at is the lynnfield + a the asus 5850

Thanks for your help.

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April 25, 2010 7:54:00 PM

If the main thing you do is gaming, i would go with the i5 750 HD 5850 or go for a AMD 955 HD 5870 :) 

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April 25, 2010 7:58:19 PM



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April 25, 2010 8:02:21 PM

Doesn't the phenom II lag somewhat behind the i5-750?
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April 25, 2010 8:09:51 PM

Well yes it does, but for a gaming system your GPU is going to have more of a impacted on your FPS then your CPU. Lets say with a I5 750 HD 5850 and a AMD 955 HD 5850 you get with the intel system 67 FPS and with the AMD system you get 63 FPS, the intel wins. but now with a AMD 955 HD 5870 you get 82 FPS vs that i5 750 HD 5850 67 ( what is better ? AMD 955 HD 5870.


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April 25, 2010 8:16:06 PM

I believe it lags in things outside of gaming such as rendering and photoshop but for gaming it is similar
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April 25, 2010 8:19:39 PM

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April 25, 2010 8:23:33 PM

tserich said:
I believe it lags in things outside of gaming such as rendering and photoshop but for gaming it is similar



^ +1 for a gaming system put your money where its needed most in the GPU

SO if i had to pick

AMD 955 HD 5870

i5 750 HD 5850

i7 930 HD 5770

I would go AMD 955 HD 5870
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April 25, 2010 8:28:15 PM

That build looks good but a few things

1 the mobo is not a xfire /sli board its only 1 16x PCI-E

2 get the lower CL ram CL7s

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April 25, 2010 8:31:31 PM

I would go AMD 955 w 5870 also. Mine has no issues whatsoever at 3.8 Ghz but if you OC, you'll need something like Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
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April 25, 2010 8:46:42 PM

It is not worth crossfiring on that mobo as the second slot is at x4 speed, which is definitely a bottleneck to graphics cards.
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April 25, 2010 9:32:07 PM

Best answer selected by xaylin.
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