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AMD Phenom II x4 970 or Intel i5-750

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December 1, 2010 7:38:39 PM

Hi, I'm thinking about building a gaming system for myself.

It will be used mostly for gaming and school work, and some programming

I'm stuck on which processor to get.

The phenom 970 have a higher clock speed, but the i5-970 seems to perform better.

Please help

P.S. I probably will not over clock it

More about : amd phenom 970 intel 750

a b 4 Gaming
December 1, 2010 8:26:27 PM

Clockspeed is irrelevant. What is clockspeed without performance? It is nothing.

Personally, I would not consider the 970 and even the 965 seems not worth it a lot. At a lower price, the 955 provides a lot of the power of those two processors though and it is a good value.

If you are looking in the pricerange of the i5 and 970, get the i5.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=186
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December 1, 2010 8:42:22 PM

So performance wise, it is better to go with the i5?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 1, 2010 10:15:21 PM

bookyle1 said:
So performance wise, it is better to go with the i5?

They are close and the Phenom II seems to bench a bit better in some tasks but yes, the i5 is definitely better overall.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 2, 2010 9:48:12 AM

It depends what you are spending on graphics cards the AMD motherboards are cheaper and have more features even on the budget boards so you may be able to afford a better card with the AMD platform which would give you a better overall system, but the i5 is better.
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December 2, 2010 11:59:19 AM

Sorry but AMD will lose this so badly!
i5 all the way.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 2, 2010 5:25:49 PM

kikireeki said:
Sorry but AMD will lose this so badly!
i5 all the way.

What is this to you? A hockey game?
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December 2, 2010 5:33:45 PM

Actually just look at the benchmarks. A Phenom II x4 CPU clocked at about 3.5GHz is roughly as powerful as an i5 750 or 760. There's not much in it. I would personally get a Phenom II x4 955 and do a mild overclock. Seriously, you wont get better performance with the i5 in games unless you're using a very powerful graphics card and gaming at lowish resolutions. My friend has his 955 at 3.6GHz along with a GTX 480, and there is no bottlenecking to be seen
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a b 4 Gaming
December 2, 2010 5:37:33 PM

Ahhh! Stop before the flaming starts!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 2, 2010 8:30:12 PM

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@1000 You must be blind.i5 beats x4 in games by a huge margin in that anandtech benchmark.Liar Liar pants on fire.

Ahhh! Don't lead them on to say more!
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December 3, 2010 9:08:49 AM

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and this is from someone who had an AMD 6-core for a unit....

" Phenom II x6 1090t BE @ 3.61 Turbo CORE mode off, power saving options on. "


Unfortunately, our friend Enzo Matrix couldn't see that before rushing out his sarcastic comments!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 3, 2010 10:04:42 AM

kikireeki said:
Unfortunately, our friend Enzo Matrix couldn't see that before rushing out his sarcastic comments!

My comment was based on the fact that you stated
"Sorry but AMD will lose this so badly!
i5 all the way."

Which doesn't provide any useful information and sounds like what someone would say before a hockey game. I don't see how you owning a phenom IIx6 is relevant.
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December 3, 2010 12:44:26 PM

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That shows that he is so unhappy with his cpu's performance.I donot blame him for that.I always knew those x6 are gimmiky.


:non:  That is not true. Actually I couldn't be happier! but that won't change the fact that the Core i5 750 is way better than the Phenom II X4 970 it is about fact and objectivity! and I can't see how could that mean I am unhappy with my processor!

I own a Honda and if someone asks me which is faster a Honda or a Ferrari? my answer would be WHAT THE HECK? The Honda is going to lose that so badly! Would my answer make my car less interesting or will it indicate my dissatisfaction with my car? completely irrelevant! :??: 
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December 3, 2010 1:20:27 PM

Doesn't the i5-750 have TurboBoost and can OC to like 4.1GHz, but you can OC the i-5 to 3.2 to 3.6. OCing to 4.1 has a huge power increase though and will be scorchingly hot. Also the i5-750 runs cooler on an acceptable processing power level than the AMD x4.
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December 3, 2010 1:41:40 PM

Ok just for the record, I have to admit that my first comment was a bit harsh and inaccurate. because the difference between these two processors was not that big, yes the core i5 750 is better overall even in gaming but not by that much!
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December 3, 2010 2:17:00 PM

^ lol, nice, fear my stock F150, hmm maybe I should overclock it.
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December 3, 2010 2:41:49 PM

Do I need an after marker cooler for that? LOL ok I'll stop... My buddy just chipped his turbo diesel and netted 90 more horse, pretty good stuff.
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December 9, 2010 11:07:04 PM

Thanks for everyone's input.

I guess I'm going with the i5
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