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Which Rig do you think is Better for Gaming

Total: 10 votes (1 blank vote)

  • Rig 1(i5, Radeon 5970):
  • 89 %
  • Rig 2(i7, GTX 480):
  • 0 %
  • Rig 3 (i7, Radeon 5870):
  • 12 %
May 18, 2010 1:58:47 PM

Hey Guys, need your help deciding which rig you think will be the best for gaming/longevity. Below are the three options, if you want you can also give suggestions for improvements on each rig. The budget is hard to explain as I am from South Africa (R18 000) but all these build below come to a little bit below R18 000 (1 609 pounds, 2 377 dollars).

Common items
HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12
Monitor: Samsung 23" Wide P2350
Case: Cooler Master RC-932 HAF 932 Tower Chassis

Rig 1:
GPU: Club 3D CGAX-59748DP Radeon HD5970
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz LGA1156
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E IP55
PSU Corsair TX750W
RAM: Team Group DDR3-1866 6GB (2x2GB) Xtreem Memory

Rig 2:
GPU: Inno3D NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA1366
Mobo: Asus Rampage II GENE IX58 (No USB 3.0)
PSU Corsair TX750W
RAM: Team Group DDR3-1866 6GB (3x2GB) Xtreem Memory

Rig 3:
GPU: Club 3D CGAX-58724IDP Radeon HD5870
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA1366
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium
PSU Corsair TX650W
RAM: Team Group DDR3-1866 6GB (3x2GB) Xtreem Memory

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May 18, 2010 2:05:01 PM

To start, if you get the i5, you need dual channel RAM (2x2 GB) not triple channel (3x2 GB). Also, the board in #3 is better than #2.

Regardless, the i5/5970 is the best gaming build there. You may want to consider getting the Asus P7P55D-E Pro as the i5 board for the Crossfire options. Also, if you want to add a second 5970 later, you'll need an 850W PSU.
May 18, 2010 2:06:41 PM

Rig 1 gets my vote. Best GPU and a darn good CPU. The otehr two are a weaker GPU with a CPU that gives no real benefit to gaming
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May 18, 2010 2:12:20 PM

I knew something was wrong with the ram, thx MadAdmiral for pointing that out. Ooh and I know the 3rd board is better than the 2nd, that is because I couldnt afford that Mobo for the 2nd build.
May 18, 2010 2:19:49 PM

If I had to rank them, it would be #1, #3, and then #2 anyway, so I guess the board doesn't actually matter.

Something else to mention, but you don't really need RAM that fast. You don't need anything above 1600 mhz.
May 18, 2010 3:12:39 PM

I would get 1600mhz, but the weird thing is this 1866 is going for cheaper than any of the 1600 mhz (from the shop im getting from).
May 18, 2010 11:33:34 PM

Thanks everyone, that has contributed. It looks like I will go for Rig one (maybe with some alterations that MadAdmiral mentioned).