So I'm no stranger to technology, but lately I've been focusing on more Open Source alternatives to things (Linux) so I have focused away from my hardware roots. Anyhow I have a AMD Phonem II X6 1055T and paired with it a XFX 5850 Black Edition (I think it's at about a 10% overclock, I am really not sure) and I have started thinking I might re-attach my Windows 7 drive and install some games (I mostly play GTA IV and GTA LCS) but I am thinking on buying and installing COD Black Ops for my PC. I have another computer with a i5 750 and a GTX 460 SuperClocked (the 768MB version) and I am not sure what computer would be better as far as gaming is concerned.
I like my i5 with my Nvidia (for some reason Nvidia + Intel = Win... Always, IMHO) but I want to start using my AMD setup more (since it's quieter and runs a bit cooler, and the Wife hate's the fan noise from the Intel Setup). But I am wondering if my 5850 BE is still relevant with the introduction of the new 68XX series and even the newer competition from Nvidia.
I only play at 1080P on a 22" monitor so I don't think I need too much power to play with all the eye candy turned up and getting at least 50 FPS. Any advice on an upgrade path or if I should just be happy with what I have would be appreciated. I am not interested in putting my Nvidia card in my AMD system though. It seems like the 460 (even the superclocked) is inferior. But I could be wrong. If I remember right on a handful of tests the stock 5850 and the SuperClocked GTX 460 (768MB) were about even, so it would stand to reason the BE would be a bit ahead.
both PC's are up to task for modern games. if you want your top set up it would be the i5-750 + ATI 5850.
Then I'll run that configuration. It actually makes sense, thinking about it. Also, I failed to mention that I do quite a bit of video encoding (hence buying a 6 core, knowing they weren't really "designed" for gaming. They CAN, but a quad is better suited at the moment, I think.) so using a Nvidia card that can help the video encoding process via the cuda cores would probably be of great benefit. Also I am re-locating my Windows 7 drive and installing Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit onto this (AMD) system on a spare 1 TB drive I had laying about. So the gaming will remain exclusive to the Intel and the "Business" will be exclusive to the AMD for now. Thanks for the response.