A friend asked me to help him build a budget gaming pc. He insists on an Intel/Nvidia setup. The PC will mainly be used for gaming, no other resource hungry apps.
The best CPU/VGA combo that fits his budget is either an i3 540 with Geforce GTX 460 or i5 760 with Geforce GTS 450.
Which one should he go with?
Thanks a lot
Tough choice.But the way I see it,you could go phenom 2 x4 or phenom 2 x3 740 and gtx 460.Or if gaming is his only concern and he can oc,you could also go with a phenom 2 x2 560 and a 6870.
of course, the very best thing is to wait until Jan 5. Sandy Bridge may be exactly what you need
unfortunately, neither of these are viable options because, as I said, he absolutely insists on intel/nvidia so there's no way in hell I can convince him about an amd and/or ati setup. and he wants to buy it now, not in ~2months (until a new cpu model/matching mobos will be available here)
Can you get him to compromise with an AMD and nvidia setup? But as you said, he may not do that. Might try explaining that amd is pretty good, and he would have a better gaming experience if he compromises there. If he would, you could even go with like a Phenom 2 955 black edition and the 460. If your friend has to have the intel, I think I'd go with the i5 and 450. Yeah, he'll have to turn a few graphics down, but he'll be set up better for later.
^ I agree the i5 760 w/ the 450 is the better option. Mainly because you'll get the 4 cores and that'll allow you run most games nowadays. Games like Black Ops and BC:BF2 are already optimizing to run quad cores. So with that said you'll get less lag going with a 760 and 450. Also tell you friend to OC the 450. He's hot headed if he can't wait for 1 month. Exactly from now, it's one month till SB. He's wasting money.