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I5 760 (8gb RAM) vs i7 930 (6gb RAM)

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February 12, 2011 12:47:25 PM

Hey guys,

First things first, thank you all for your awesome insight on everything! I'm more of a software junkie, than a hardware guy.

I've scoured through the forum, and I guess I'm looking for a heads up on a new system I'm looking to purchase.

Here's what I use it for.

I operate a small design/marketing company, which I'm heavily involved in the day-to-day. I'm in front of the computer 8-12 hours a day, but I'm not a gamer at all... I dont own any, and I probably havent even played one in 5 years.

Applications used:

- Dreamweaver
- Photoshop
- Outlook
- Firefox (multiple tabs always)
- MS Office
- Need Dual Monitor Support

I'm looking at 2 different systems, both from Dell. I've had some solid systems from them over the years, without any major problems (knock on wood).

Here's the two I'm trying to pick between. The i5 system is $40 cheaper.

Dell Inspiron 580
i5 760 (8MB Cache, 2.8Ghz)
8GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz - 2 DIMMs
1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
AMD Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3
(2) ST2320L 23-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitors

or

Dell XPS 9100
i7 930 (8BM Cache, 2.8Ghz)
6GB Tri-Channel DD3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz
1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
NVIDIA GeForce G310 512MB DDR3
(2) ST2320L 23-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitors


Like I said, I'm not too familiar with hardware, so the terms "overclocking" and/or Hyperthreading dont make much sense to me... I'm just looking for a system that will accomodate my needs, and be nice and quick.

Thanks in advance guys, I REALLY appreciate the help :) 

Joe
February 12, 2011 3:03:49 PM

Both systems are going to be quick, but the XPS quicker. I do not see that any of your applications are going to benefit from the additional ram on the I5 setup.
I7 930 not available so used I7 920 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=47
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February 12, 2011 3:40:32 PM

Hi Rolli,

Thanks for your reply!!!

So, in your opinion, what would you do? Here's the option

Inspiron 580 - i3 330
Base Price (incl. Integrated IntelĀ® Graphics Media Accelerator HD, 23" monitor and 8GB RAM) is $699

add i5 650 (4MB Cache, 3.20GHz) +$50
add i5 760 (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz) + $150
add AMD Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 + $100

XPS 9100 - i7 930
Base Price (inc. Nvidea G310 GE Force, 23" monitor and 6GB Tri-Channel RAM) is $999

add AMD Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5 + $150

Thoughts?

Thanks!!!!

Joe


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February 12, 2011 3:50:08 PM

For longevity I would go with the I7 system and since you are not gaming at all an GPU upgrade is not needed.
It is mostly in photoshop and if you multitask a lot that you gain from a quad core over a dual core like the I5 650 which is a fast dual core so depending on % of usage that with the HD5450 would have been an option to.
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February 13, 2011 5:37:24 PM

Awesome, thanks for the insight! I think I'm just about ready to do it.

I hear a lot of people talk about CyberPowerPC.... Would you recommend me customizing a PC there?

Have no idea what hardware to put into a build, that's why I've always seemed to default right to Dell and other built systems.

Any final thoughts?
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February 13, 2011 5:56:44 PM

I have heard good things about Cyberpower both here and outside the forum. I do believe they are a viable options especially looking for upgrades down the line.
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