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Mid-range gaming, X2 555 vs. X4 955 & HD 5830 vs 5850

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July 20, 2010 2:19:04 AM

Hello,

I am looking to build a computer purely for gaming. It would be great if I could run things on high settings. Since I am limited on space I will be using my 42" HDTV @ 1080p. My question is regarding the processor and graphics card. The rest of the system is just standard. 4Gb DDR3 Ram and all the other components.

As far as a processor goes, I would like to use either the Phenom II X2 555 3.2Ghz or the Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz. The price difference is roughly $50.00. Is it worth shelling out the extra money for the quad core processor? I will only be gaming on the system. I do not plan on overclocking.

The graphics card is a toss up between the Radeon HD 5830 or the 5850 model. Again the price difference is about $50.00. Is there a clear choice between them? I know things come down to preference. I would like to play games at their max, or close to max, settings if possible.

Additionally, will a 500W power supply be sufficient?

Thanks
Scuba
July 20, 2010 2:36:23 AM

ahh ez choices. Yes you will want the quad core for extra $50. Futureproof a bit and be able to play those games that are just now coming out for 3 and 4 cores.

the 5830-5850 is the same deal. 5850 is much better and only like $50 more or something like that. The 5850 is soooo durty. (thats a good thing)

no you will need somewhere around a 650w minimum to run the 4 core and 5850. That will be a very nice pc for a long time.

need any more part recommendations?
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July 20, 2010 2:53:03 AM

You could go with a 440 Rana and a Nvidia 1gb 460.
Offers very good performance for the price.
The 460 is better then the 5830 and on par with the 5850 in many games.
If your on a budget OCZ ModXtreme psu's are very good for the price and modular.
500,600,and 700w models.
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July 20, 2010 3:05:49 AM

whats a modular psu?

agree about the nvidia 460. Just read the article and glad nvidia got their temperatures and power consumption under control.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf1...

for approximately $100 less than the 5850, the nvidia 460 provides incredible awesomeness.
July 20, 2010 3:38:56 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll look into the GTX 460, that sounds like a good deal. It looks like it benchmarks somewhere between the Radeon HD 5830 and 5850 at a cheaper price.
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July 20, 2010 3:48:31 AM

cant say I can agree the 460 is on par with the 5850 at all
maybe in the odd game or some useless benchmark.

although I do not have either so I digress

although it appears the extra 100 bucks would be very well spent


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July 20, 2010 9:10:41 AM

kyle382 said:
whats a modular psu?

agree about the nvidia 460. Just read the article and glad nvidia got their temperatures and power consumption under control.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf1...

for approximately $100 less than the 5850, the nvidia 460 provides incredible awesomeness.

A modular psu gives you the option of adding only the cables you need for your build.
It reduces cable clutter and allows for better cable management and case airflow.
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July 20, 2010 9:31:32 AM

A note about the GTX460. There are two versions: the 768mg one and the 1gb one. Be aware that the 768mb one is not worth getting - it tends to fall anywhere between the 5770 and the 5830 - a useless place to be especially at 192 x 1080 resolution. The 1gb version is much better and tends to fall between the 5830 and 5850, but it is in no way equivalent to a 5850 - there may be one or two cases where it looks like it is better, however there are also plenty of benchmarks where the 5830 beats it, so always take benchmarks with a pinch of salt. In general the GTX460 1gb is essentially a 5840 in power.


Last I saw the 5850 was as low as $279.
The cheapest GTX460 1gb I saw was $229
So, there is actually only $50 difference between the two.

At $50 more, I would go with the 5850 everytime. If you cannot afford to buy both the x4 955 and the 5850, I would actually buy the x3 RANA 440 and the better card (I would prefer a tri core over a faster dual core as more and more games are making use of a third core)
July 20, 2010 3:10:54 PM

If you are going to be gaming at 1920x1080, you want the 5850. Also, no question, the x4 955 for the CPU over the x2, well worth the extra $50.

The 460 1GB is a great card, but its more for 1680x1050, not 1080p.
July 20, 2010 3:22:16 PM

+1 Asteldian I'm glad you pointed out the multiple cards. I've been noticing a fair number of people talking about the 460 768 like it's the 460 1g not understanding that theres more of a difference then the price point.
July 20, 2010 3:24:35 PM

hardwaretechy said:
If you are going to be gaming at 1920x1080, you want the 5850. Also, no question, the x4 955 for the CPU over the x2, well worth the extra $50.

The 460 1GB is a great card, but its more for 1680x1050, not 1080p.


say word brothaman. ATI for life. I would only buy an nvidia because
EVGA is awesome. They have replaced dead video cards for me after years of use and overlooked the fact that I never registered the product. Great people.
August 18, 2010 5:33:28 AM

brothers phenom 555 cpu is blak edition. It can be easily overclocked and with mb having south bridge 710 chip , it can turned into quad core. so this way it is cheap quad core chip.

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