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Intel i5-760 vs AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

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August 30, 2010 7:16:04 AM

Building a gaming desktop and leaning towards the i5. I plan on using 4 gigs DDR3 1600 RAM, GTX 460, but still haven't decided on the CPU. I still don't know if I want to overclock or not, but I think I will end up overclocking. Which CPU would you prefer?

Intel i5-760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067&cm_re=i5-760-_-19-115-067-_-Product

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
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August 30, 2010 7:23:38 AM

Personnely, for a purely gaming build, i've always recommended the AMD route.. The two processors here differ by a healthy 40$ which cannot be neglected.. However, if you plan to SLI that GTX 460 in future, your options with AMD will be limited.. The LGA 1156 will serve you better in that case.. The i5 760 is again a better processor overall.. So if you can afford a good build around it, then surely go for it..
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August 30, 2010 8:21:54 AM

For just gaming purposes, the i7 860 will surely be a waste of money.. Better invest that much difference amount in getting a quality PSU which can sustain your future upgrades comfortably..
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August 30, 2010 10:05:49 AM

AresReborn said:
Thanks guys! I did some research via Google and decided the i5 was a better option. And yes I would like to sli x2 GTX460 in the future :) 

However, would saving $70 and getting a Intel Core i7-860 be a good idea? Or is that overkill and a waste of money?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214&cm_re=i7-_-19-115-214-_-Product


For gaming purposes i5 is more than enough... 860 would be waste of money.
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August 30, 2010 10:03:57 PM

The i5 is the better performer hands down, and has some intense OC headroom.

However! With only a GTX 460 you'll only notice a slight difference in a few CPU dependent games.

So! Go with a Phenom II 955 (pretty much a 965 with a lower stock multiplier... which you can change) and game on!!

*edit*

Just noticed you said SLI in the future. Makes me lean towards the i5, especially if you are only minimally overlocking.
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August 30, 2010 10:29:46 PM

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