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Which is the better option of these two?

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December 15, 2010 4:08:48 PM

I cant assemble myself, but I have the option of buying one of the following systems, they cost the same.


1)

- PhenomII 1090T 6x3,20GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 AM3 motherboard (SATA3 & USB3.0)
- Arctic Alpine64 GT low-noise
- Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 DualChannel RAM
- Western Digital 1TB SATA3 6Gb/s Fluid Silent (7200rpm)
- Nvidia 580 GTX
- Seasonic 750W SuperSilent 80+ Silver certificeret
- Coolermaster HAF 922


2)

- INTEL i7 950, 4.8GT, SOCKET 1366
- GIGABYTE X58A (USB 3.0 SATA3)
- GIGABYTE 2 X 1280MB OC Edition GEFORCE GTX470 SLI
- 1000GB HARDDISK WD, 7200RPM (64MB CACHE)
- 6GB DDR3 1600MHZ KINGSTON "TRIPPLECHANNEL" HYPER-X
- 1000W Coolermaster 80+ SLI
- COOLERMASTER HAF922 KABINET

Both are priced the same. This is for gaming on 1920x 1080.

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December 15, 2010 4:18:54 PM

The second option would be the better option.
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December 15, 2010 6:32:11 PM

Okay thanks but why? Is it better on some points or all?
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December 16, 2010 6:22:33 PM

At 1920x1080, 2x GTX 470 in SLI is almost always going to outperform a single GTX 580.

Charts from a 6950/6970 article, but they include a 580 and SLI 470...consider reading the whole article or looking at more of the benchmarks as well.

6 cores aren't necessary for gaming right now, and you wouldn't be able to SLI the 580 on the AMD mobo.

Normally I don't recommend i7 builds for gaming, but if those are your two options, the i7 is a better choice than the AMD build.
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December 16, 2010 6:37:04 PM

The second option. Not just a better system for gaming, but a better system - period.

'nuff said.

The 950 is not really value for money for gaming though. An i5-760 based system will almost much keep up fps/fps for much cheaper. But you can't really beat this config on overall benchmark terms.

CPU+Mobo+RAM will be 'bout $150 cheaper for a self build system (i5 760+P55+4GB). Where are you getting this from? How much are they charging?

For a high-end gaming system, maybe you can wait a few more days to check out the new range from Intel before investing? Dropping Jan 5th.
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December 16, 2010 7:02:48 PM

Actually here in Denmark we dont seem to save much building our own, also never tried it.

Regarding SSD I value other things higher, it doesnt do anything for gaming really and with my budget I cant see to fit it in.

I guess the 950 build is the better of the two, I just feel bad spending too much on last gen :( 

That is the world of gaming I guess, always something new the next week....
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December 17, 2010 1:30:10 AM

^ And even more so Metro 2033 :bounce: 
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