I5 or Phenom II x4 gaming build?

I want to upgrade my athlon 64 X2 2.50 4800+ rig so it's better suited for gaming (So it can run games better such as gta iv) I want to know if I should build a phenom IIx4 or an i5 system and what motherboard to get (for150$ max with 2 pcie x16 )

thanks
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  1. The phenom even though the i5 is probably better, why?

    I bet you'll be able to upgrade to a hexa core later for only 300$ compared to 1000$ for the intel based build.
  2. the phenom ii x4 955 is the best choice because all intel's sockets are goin to be replaced in the beggining of 2011
  3. matt_mu said:
    I want to upgrade my athlon 64 X2 2.50 4800+ rig so it's better suited for gaming (So it can run games better such as gta iv) I want to know if I should build a phenom IIx4 or an i5 system and what motherboard to get (for150$ max with 2 pcie x16 )

    thanks



    Everyone has their own opinion, think of how many application will be running amd is known for not being able to multitask. personally ill go for the i5.
  4. If you want to upgrade your PC & have big budged go for i7 or buy i5.Intel processor are best in present time.AMD processor produce more heat & consume more watt than intel.And for GTA 4 i5 is best.I've played this game with C2Q Q8300.It runs very good in my rig.For more detail click here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-gaming,2403-8.html
  5. Depends on your budget, for gaming both CPUs are very good, i5 will cost more though as will their mother boards. I think the cheapest option with XFire/SLI is something like the MSI p55 GD65 at $159.99 ($139.99 after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130239&cm_re=msi_p55_gd65-_-13-130-239-_-Product

    Whereas an AMD motherboard will be cheaper. If getting an i5 means having to buy a cheaper GPU, then I would suggest AMD.

    I wouldn't worry about upgrade paths because you are building to last at least 3 years and by then technology will have moved on, so current socket choice really is not important
  6. is a gigabyte ga p55 usb3 a good board to go with the i5. On new egg the mobo is $120 and the i5 750 is 209$. What kind ram should I get?
  7. G Skill ECO RAM for $104.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321&cm_re=g_skill_eco_1600-_-20-231-321-_-Product


    The board you mentioned wont do 2 card configuration
  8. Thanks asteldian, what mobo would you recomend for the i5 for$150 or less?
  9. matt_mu said:
    is a gigabyte ga p55 usb3 a good board to go with the i5. On new egg the mobo is $120 and the i5 750 is 209$. What kind ram should I get?


    Just FYI, not that it matters. But the 760 is $209, and the 750 is $195 (but the 750 is being phased out), not sure if you are super tight on budget, but you might be able to pick up the 750 - which has great reviews, and save a few bucks.

    i5-760 Link: Link

    i5-750 Link: Link

    Also, if you have a microcenter near you, the 750 (if they still have it in stock) is only $160, and the 760 is $190.
  10. jared51182 said:
    Just FYI, not that it matters. But the 760 is $209, and the 750 is $195 (but the 750 is being phased out), not sure if you are super tight on budget, but you might be able to pick up the 750 - which has great reviews, and save a few bucks.

    i5-760 Link: Link

    i5-750 Link: Link

    Also, if you have a microcenter near you, the 750 (if they still have it in stock) is only $160, and the 760 is $190.


    thanks I do have a micro center near me so I think imm goingto get the 750. But what mother board would you recomend that you can crossfire with. I'm also going to get a sapphire 5770 soon.
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