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HD 5870 + i7-920 vs GTX260 + i7-860

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May 3, 2010 3:58:23 PM

I'm looking to buy a new dell and I came across two configurations that I need help choosing between. I really only want to use this system for gaming.

Studio XPS 9000:
Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
9GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 6 DIMMs
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5

Studio XPS 8100:
Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor(8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs
nVidia GeForce GTX260 1792MB GDDR3.

I've heard that the Core i7 860 is better for gaming due to its better turbo capabilities; however, I have also seen that the HD 5870 has better memory and performance at 1920 x 1080 resolutions, which is the native resolution of my display.

If any of you were in my position, which system would you choose? Is there a significant difference in gaming performance?

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a c 126 U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 4:23:08 PM

The HD5870 is roughly twice as fast as a GTX260 and has many other benefits so the obvious choice is the Studio XPS 9000
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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 4:26:58 PM

either I7 will take pretty much full advantage of of any single card at stock speeds. So that would leave it to the GPU and the 5870 is obviously superior.

As for overclocking, i highly doubt a dell motherboard will allow any overclocking what so ever, but i'm assumming since your buying an OEM computer then that won't be a problem
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May 3, 2010 4:41:42 PM

5770 ~ GTX260 < 5830 ~ 4890 ~ GTX275 < GTX285 </~ 5850 < 5870
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May 10, 2010 2:09:02 AM

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