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September 21, 2010 12:15:20 AM

Hello im ready to buy one PC...and i have two options:

First the AMD option: that includes a AMD 955, 4 gigs of ram 1600, a good motherboard, a 630 watts power supply and a XFX 5850 video card. With all the options and some other compnents the price is about $696

Second the Intel - Nivida option: Includes a i5 750, 4 gigs of ram 1600, a good motherboard (same functionality as the AMD), a 630 watts power supply and a Gforce 460 Cyclone OC, with other components the price for this systme is about $775.


The problem with the Intel system is the cost of the CPU (45 more than the AMD) and the Motherboard (about 40 dollars more than the AMD), however the ATI 5850 ($240) is about 30 dollars more than the 460 cyclone.

After rebates and etc the price of two systems is $696 (AMD) and $775. (Nvidia-Intel).. so What to choose..the amd is a little slower for games...lets said at a resolution of 1600 x 1200...? But the price is a lot better.. I need opinons ..Thanks...
a c 103 B Homebuilt system
a c 302 À AMD
a c 1029 V Motherboard
a c 133 å Intel
September 21, 2010 1:03:41 AM

I would go with the AMD system, for the simple reason it is cheaper, actually I would select the GTX460 1 GB as my GPU. Instead of SLI or Crossfire in the future I would only upgrade to a stronger and newer single card.
September 21, 2010 1:11:10 AM

rolli59 said:
I would go with the AMD system, for the simple reason it is cheaper, actually I would select the GTX460 1 GB as my GPU. Instead of SLI or Crossfire in the future I would only upgrade to a stronger and newer single card.



Yes however the motherboards for the AMD doesnt support SLI...so i would need a expensive motherboard in order to have a AMD cpu and a Nvidia graphic....also i want sli or Crossfire in the future (one year).. Thanks...
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a b À AMD
a c 234 V Motherboard
a b å Intel
September 21, 2010 1:12:23 AM

If you are setting up a gaming system, I would go with an AMD over Intel at this point for two reasons... 1) Better price to performance & 2) LGA 1156 is being replaced with the new LGA 1155 (Sandy Bridge) chipset within the next few months.
September 21, 2010 1:28:47 AM

Are you going to overclock? If not the 955 higher clock speed will probably net you better or equal performance to the i5 for less cost. The i5 overclocks nicely though so you could get it to perform much better if you wanted to.

At 1650x1080 res either vid card will be plenty.
a c 103 B Homebuilt system
a c 302 À AMD
a c 1029 V Motherboard
a c 133 å Intel
September 21, 2010 1:37:37 AM

oxkar777 said:
Yes however the motherboards for the AMD doesnt support SLI...so i would need a expensive motherboard in order to have a AMD cpu and a Nvidia graphic....also i want sli or Crossfire in the future (one year).. Thanks...

I would still go with the AMD matched with the HD5850 since crossfire is in the plans.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
September 21, 2010 1:41:00 AM

Are you buying a brand system, what's the site?
September 21, 2010 1:44:36 AM

mosox said:
Are you buying a brand system, what's the site?



nuevo huevo... transalte it from spanish to English..is a new DIY system....
a b B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
September 21, 2010 2:27:06 AM

You have $80 difference between the AMD and Intel while a HD5870 is $100 more expensive than a HD5850 so get a cheaper non crossfire mobo, a smaller PSU and a HD 5870 for the AMD build and call it a day. The video card will be anyway outdated by the time you will need to crossfire so why bother.

Here's a combo and you can find more for the other parts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

September 21, 2010 11:42:53 AM

mosox said:
You have $80 difference between the AMD and Intel while a HD5870 is $100 more expensive than a HD5850 so get a cheaper non crossfire mobo, a smaller PSU and a HD 5870 for the AMD build and call it a day. The video card will be anyway outdated by the time you will need to crossfire so why bother.

Here's a combo and you can find more for the other parts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Thanks a lot..it sounds good..Hoever the Mobo and the PSU are in combo so the mobo goes down to $90 and the PSU goes to less than 50 ..so i think i cant get better prices..anyway the card cost about 110 dollars more...so basically is a better option than the Intel - Nvidia based... Thnaks
September 21, 2010 1:04:18 PM


G3D Mark.
Radeon HD 5850 2,411
GeForce GTX 460 2,301

CPU Mark
Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67GHz 4,215
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3,934

Higher score is better.

Both PC's are very good and pretty much on par with each other, But I'd suggest getting the AMD one over the Intel one due to the price and the fact that the gpu card is slightly better and cause this system will be used for gaming.

Also check out; http://www.cpubenchmark.net/ this site ranks all available cpu's and gpu's.
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