940K Intel Core i5 655K(3.20GHz) vs 549D3 Athlon II X4 635(2.9GHz)

Hello,
Looking at these two rigs which one is better? I game infrequently, but like to have good performance from the cpu. Games: DAO, Civ5, SC2, mostly strategy or RPGS - little bit of FPS- MW2

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  1. the x4 635 has my vote, those links are bad btw, use tinyurl.com
  2. xaira said:
    the x4 635 has my vote, those links are bad btw, use tinyurl.com


    Xaira-
    1st off - Thanks for the tinyurl.com link
    2nd off - the links are fixed - take a look please =)
  3. Quote:
    I5 gets my vote.


    Thanks for the reply- the links are fixed - take a look please =)
  4. Your poll seems to be broken. I can't vote for some reason.

    I can see that both systems are virtually identical with the exception of three major components: the CPU, The GPU and the power supply.

    Hence I recommend the first system. The Athlon IIx4 is a good CPU, lacking in L3 cache, it is still enough to run a radeon 5770 to its full potential in games. This brings me to the graphics cards: The GT220 is a weak card. I have never paid for a card that is weaker than that card. I have owned a radeon 3870 and a 4850 and not paid more than $60 in total in the past year to get them. The GT220 is not a gamer's card.

    For reference: (the 4870 is on par with the 5770)(the 3870 is a bit better than the 4670)
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gt-220-review-test/6

    Furthermore, the power supply in the first system is rated at 700W, enough room for upgrades to a better CPU or GPU if you ever feel you need them.
  5. The AMD system wins hands down. The nVidia GeForce GT 220 isn't even in the same ballpark as the ATi Radeon HD 5770. The HD 5770 is almost as powerful as the HD 4870 or the GTX 260. The GT 220 is less than one third as powerful as the HD 5770. Here's some results from guru3d.com:

    Crysis Warhead 2xAA DX10 1920x1200:
    ATi Radeon HD 5770 - 26fps
    nVidia GeForce GT 220 - 8fps

    Fallout 3 DX9 1920x1200:
    HD 5770 - 50fps
    GT 220 - 13fps

    Mass Effect DX9 1920x1080 (1080p)
    HD 5770 - 60fps
    GT 220 - 23fps

    Source: guru3d.com VGA Charts

    As you can see, the GT 220 trades punches with the Radeon HD 4650/4670 and doesn't even support DX11! That alone makes the first system better as both will offer fantastic everyday operational speed. The fact that the Intel is $30 more really seals it. What makes me laugh is that iBuyPower even uses the GT 220 and then has the nerve to call it a gaming system. What a complete joke. That's why I build my own. I know how to maximize specs and value. There is really no comparison here, the AMD system is superior.

    As for dipankar, he'd vote for a Pentium-II over a Phenom-II without knowing the difference. The fact that he'd rather a system with a GT 220 over a system with an HD 5770 shows that he knows almost as much about computers as Sarah Palin knows about world issues. He spouts "GO INTEL!! RA-RA-RA" with the same kind of blind devotion that used to be reserved for only Steve Jobs or Charles Manson. Take his words with a grain of salt because he never actually presents any facts to support his fanatical ravings.
  6. The i5 build is horribly unbalanced. The CPU its-self is slightly better, but overpriced compared to i3s. and the rest of the system is just weak.

    The Athlon build is a much potent gaming setup.

    Have you considered building it yourself? Save you a chunk of money for more quality parts.
  7. Quote:
    When i posted that link was not working.

    Then you voted completely blind, simply chanting your "Intel is everything" mantra without even seeing the systems. That's one thing I know I would never have done because it would just set me up to appear ignorant and I am not ignorant.
  8. in defence of dipankar, the op did not state that it was full builds we were choosing from, he was under the same influence that i was, that the op wanted to know what cpu to base his build on,

    @op, the gt220 will get squished like a little bug
  9. I know the gt220 gets blown away by the 5770 - but also considering the machines does the athlon quad core as a base just fine or is the i5 duo core that much better - esp if I would upgrade the gfx card
  10. Timop said:
    The i5 build is horribly unbalanced. The CPU its-self is slightly better, but overpriced compared to i3s. and the rest of the system is just weak.

    The Athlon build is a much potent gaming setup.

    Have you considered building it yourself? Save you a chunk of money for more quality parts.


    I don't really have the time to build it myself that was why I was looking at these systems- how much more do you think I would save if I built it myself?
  11. aragornmg said:
    I don't really have the time to build it myself that was why I was looking at these systems- how much more do you think I would save if I built it myself?

    You could save ~$100.

    Athlon X4 640 + Win 7 HP $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.510963

    HD 5770 $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338&cm_re=HD_5770-_-14-161-338-_-Product

    MSI 770 Board: $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130290

    Seagate 500gb $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    Nzxt Gamma $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061&Tpk=Nzxt%20gamma

    Gskill 4GB DDR3 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    Liteon DVD burner $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Corsair 550W PSU $54
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    Total: $601 (~$580 with the rebates and shipping)

    The good part is you can easily upgrade individual parts. For example, you could add USB3 and 500GB extra HDD space for ~$20.
  12. Thanks so much timop- that is amazing information you compiled - and very quickly!
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