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Intel i5 650 vs. Phenom II X4 945

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August 30, 2010 8:26:39 PM

Hi all,

I want to buy a computer from costco. I found two that has the same price with different processors. Which one should I choose
between
- Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 650 (3.20GHz) and
- AMD Phenom™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor 945 (3.00GHz)

The computer is used primarily for web browsing, school work, online video, music, and not for gaming

Please help me choose. Thanks

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August 30, 2010 9:19:37 PM

Hello Ptomhw;

Here are bunch of different benchmarks comparing the Core i5 650 (3.20GHz) and Phenom II X4 940 (3.0Ghz)
The X4 945 (3.0Ghz) wasn't available for the comparison but the X4 940 should give you an excellent look at how they stack up against each other.

For your usages, I think the Core i5 650 has a slight edge. But the CPUs are close enough in performance that it shouldn't matter too much which you get.

What are the other parts in the two computers? Something there might be the option or part that tips the scale one way or the other.
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August 30, 2010 9:21:27 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums
For your works, Core i5 560 is faster, the extra 2 cores of Phenom II X4 becomes useful in apps like image/video editing and rendering.(which in this case are not what you do)
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August 30, 2010 9:25:26 PM

$600 ZT Affinity 7389Ma Phenom II X4 945
$600 ZT Affinity 7378Mi Core i5 650

Did I guess right?
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August 30, 2010 11:06:29 PM

@WR2, you are right. Do you think that is a good deal?

They both have the same RAM of 4GB.
+ Intel i5 650 has
-1.5TB 7200RPM SATA II Hard Drive
-Integrated Intel Graphics Technology with VGA/ DVI/HDMI Video Ports
+ Phenom II X4 945 has
-500GB SATA hard drive
-Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 graphics

So do you still recommend the i5 650? I need to buy really soon.
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August 30, 2010 11:34:21 PM

Those are two different CPUs.
If you will just use it for what you said (web browsing, school work, online video, music) an i5 650 is better for those tasks. But if you plan on using image/audio/video editing programs later than stick with the phenom.
Also, do you plan on upgrading soon? If you do get the i5, else I'd get the phenom since programs will *probably* become more optimized for quad cores. The i5 even with hyperthreading has still 2 cores.
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August 31, 2010 12:09:53 AM

Looking at both systems I think the i5 650 with Intel HD Graphics is a better video option than the x4 945 and HD 3200 graphics.
The Intel i5 650 with it's more recent H55 motherboard is another advantage over the older 780V motherboard with the X4 945.

I'm liking the i5 650 setup the best.
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August 31, 2010 3:53:08 AM

I am not intended to upgrade soon, but If I want to upgrade, can I just change the processor such as to a better i5 or to i7 or do i have to change the main board?
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August 31, 2010 3:59:43 AM

Ptomhw said:
I am not intended to upgrade soon, but If I want to upgrade, can I just change the processor such as to a better i5 or to i7 or do i have to change the main board?
Yes you can.
Any 1156 CPU would work in the H55 motherboard. i5s (750/760) or i7s (860/870) are a couple of the quad core options.

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August 31, 2010 4:25:27 AM

I checked the HP website and a similarly equipped Pavilion p6570t PC there would run $680 and take a week till it was ready to ship.
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September 1, 2010 5:42:06 AM

Are you suggesting that I should buy HP instead of ZT? What do you think about the ZT brand?
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September 1, 2010 10:08:03 AM

Not at all. It just shows you're getting a really good deal.
ZT Affinity = 2yr standard warranty. HP = 1yr standard warranty.
The HP's higher price and shorter warranty period make me think that ZT Affinity system is a great deal.

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September 29, 2010 3:44:04 AM

WR2 said:
Not at all. It just shows you're getting a really good deal.
ZT Affinity = 2yr standard warranty. HP = 1yr standard warranty.
The HP's higher price and shorter warranty period make me think that ZT Affinity system is a great deal.



How would this system perform for playing World of Warcraft? I basically use my system for the same as original poster but also play WoW on occasion. Not a die hard raider but do enjoy it from time to time. I'm currently using a Dell that is about 10 years old and do have some issues with lag and have to keep graphic settings turned down somewhat. I'd like a better system but do not play games enough to warrent spending the money on a high end gaming PC.
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September 29, 2010 12:03:06 PM

Well HD 3000/3200 are low-end cards for gaming, you can play WoW on low (maybe few settings on medium)
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September 29, 2010 2:19:12 PM

Much better buy the parts and build your own rig, it's easy. Or there are sites that let you choose the parts in their systems.
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