940K Intel Core i5 655K(3.20GHz) vs 549D3 Athlon II X4 635(2.9GHz)
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)
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.
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.
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?
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
HD 5770 $140
MSI 770 Board: $70
Seagate 500gb $40
Nzxt Gamma $40
Gskill 4GB DDR3 $70
Liteon DVD burner $17
Corsair 550W PSU $54
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.