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June 4, 2011 2:30:18 PM

Ok so I'm gonna build a computer and wondering if I should buy the Intel core i3 2100, and buy Radeon HD 6650 graphics card, then the whole build adds up to 650euro.
Or should i buy Core i5 2300, and buy like 50 euro cheaper graphic card, the Radeon 5770, and that adds up to 650 euro to.
So a good CPU or GPU? And i will be using it for gaming.
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June 4, 2011 3:44:51 PM

Well, it really depends on which games you play. This is quite a tough question. Personally, I'm going to go ahead and say get the better CPU. Your graphics card will get outdated quicker than the CPU in my opinion, and I usually prefer to have the GPU as the bottleneck rather then the CPU. So I think I'd go with the i5. Depends on the resolution also. You should first see what others thing, before pulling the plug.
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June 4, 2011 3:56:56 PM

The older HD 5770 is better than the newer HD 6650.

See following link for benchmarks. The HD 6650 is not represented, but the faster HD 6670 is benchmarked. The HD 5770 has no problems beating the HD 6670.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_6790_IceQ_X_T...


Thus, buying the Core i5 and HD 5770 is the obvious choice.
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June 4, 2011 4:02:12 PM

Additionally...

The HD 6750 and HD 6770 are just rebranded HD 5750 and HD 5770 with HDMI 1.4a and a couple of other minor tweaks, the answer should be clear as well.
June 4, 2011 4:06:51 PM

well just realised i wrote the graphic card wrong... :p  It's radeon HD 6850 not 6650... changes things a bit huh?
June 4, 2011 4:35:22 PM

The i3-2100 is an excellent buy for the money - I would say in terms of money/performance in the short term, that your money is better spent in that direction (vs the i5-2300).

However - with long term considerations, I don't like the i5-2300 anyways. In your case, I would rather wait, save up an additional $40 (radical idea I know) and grab the i5-2500k.

If you must have a system now, then I would say go with the i3-2100 and the 5770, OR a nvidia 550 ti (not sure how the price adds up for you on that combo though).

It is all subjective of course, but I think the i5-2500k proves to be a much better long term value than anything else, and if it only takes an extra $40 over the 2300, then it's a good deal to save up a little more.
June 4, 2011 4:40:03 PM

jgr_bgpc said:
The i3-2100 is an excellent buy for the money - I would say in terms of money/performance in the short term, that your money is better spent in that direction (vs the i5-2300).

However - with long term considerations, I don't like the i5-2300 anyways. In your case, I would rather wait, save up an additional $40 (radical idea I know) and grab the i5-2500k.

If you must have a system now, then I would say go with the i3-2100 and the 5770, OR a nvidia 550 ti (not sure how the price adds up for you on that combo though).

It is all subjective of course, but I think the i5-2500k proves to be a much better long term value than anything else, and if it only takes an extra $40 over the 2300, then it's a good deal to save up a little more.

That's a good answer, you gave me really good information. But i now think of buying an AMD Phenom II x4 955BE, and then later upgrade it to the Bulldozer, once it's price will drop a bit (I know it hasn't been released.) But it's really easy to upgrade it then, cause I don't need to buy a new motherboard. So Phenom II x4 955BE and the Radeon HD 6850, and it's really cheap and a quad core, so it seems nice.
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