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Would this PCs run black ops on max settings?

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September 25, 2011 3:29:42 AM

I am talking about max resolution, AA, etc

PC #1
Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 840 Quad Core 3.2Ghz
RAM / Memory: Latest 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR III 1333 MHz Premium System Memory
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
Motherboard: "JW Basic AM3 Socket AMD Motherboard with Onboard LAN, Sound and VGA"
Hard Drive: 1000GB (1TB) Serial ATA II Hard Disk Drive 300MBps 7200rpm
Solid State Drive (SSD): No Solid State Hard Disk Drive Required
Hard Drive 2 & USB Backup: No Additional Hard Disk Drive
Graphics Card: 1.28GB Dedicated nVidia Geforce GTX470 PCI-eXpress SUPERCLOCKED! 3D Graphics Accelerator
Sound Card: Integrated High Definition Audio Chipset
DVD/BluRay Drive: 22X Dual Layer DVD Rewriter - Supports Dual Layer (8.5GB) - Bundled With Nero Essential Burning Software
DVD/BluRay Drive 2: No Additional Optical Drive
Memory Card Reader: "JW 3.5"" Internal Multi Card Reader"
Case/Chassis: JW Parrot CS-6016B Deluxe Midi ATX Tower Case with 500W Power Supply
Power Supply: No Power Supply Upgrade
Monitor/Screen: "23.6\"" LCD Widescreen Monitor - 1920 x 1080 - VGA/DVI/HDMI - 3 Yrs Manufacturer Warranty"
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech MK120 Wired Keyboard & Optical Mouse
Speakers: JW Basic Stereo Speakers
Office Applications: No Office Application Required
Antivirus & Internet Protection: No Anti Virus Included
TV Tuner Card: No TV Tuner Required
Wireless Network Card: Wireless G PCI Card - 54MBPS
Processor Cooling Fan: "JW Advanced AM3 CPU Cooler with Two Heatpipes, Copper Base & 92mm Fan - Ultra Silent"
UPS & Surge Protection: Huntkey Surge Protector with 8 Ports


PC #2
Processor: "Intel Quad Core i5-2400 Processor (6M Cache, 3.10 GHz - Max Turbo Frequency: 3.4Ghz)"
RAM / Memory: Latest 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR III 1333 MHz Premium System Memory
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit
Motherboard: "JW Standard H61 Chipset Mainboard with Intergrated Lan, Sound & VGA"
Hard Drive: 1000GB (1TB) Serial ATA II Hard Disk Drive 300MBps 7200rpm
Solid State Drive (SSD): No Solid State Hard Disk Drive Required
Graphics Card: 1GB ATI Radeon HD6770 Graphic Accelerator - Superb Graphic - GDDR5 - Good on 3D Game
DVD/BluRay Drive: 22X Dual Layer DVD Rewriter - Supports Dual Layer (8.5GB) - Bundled With Nero Essential Burning Software
DVD/BluRay Drive 2: No Additional Optical Drive
Memory Card Reader: No Card Reader
Case/Chassis: JW Super Case 194 ATX Tower Case With 400W PSU
Power Supply: No Power Supply Upgrade
Monitor/Screen: "23"" LCD Widescreen Monitor - 1920 x 1080 - VGA/DVI - 3 Yrs Manufacturer Warranty"
Keyboard & Mouse: JW Multimedia Keyboard & Optical Wheel Mouse
Speakers: JW Basic Stereo Speakers
Office Applications: No Office Application Required
Antivirus & Internet Protection: No Anti Virus Included
TV Tuner Card: No TV Tuner Required
Wireless Network Card: Wireless G PCI Card - 54MBPS
Processor Cooling Fan: No Upgrade on the Processor Cooling Fan Please Note that the Stock Intel Cooler can be NOISY!
UPS & Surge Protection: No UPS & Surge Protection Required


For PC #1 do you think I should change the CPU to an AMD Phenom 6 core @ 2.8Ghz or should I stay at quad core 3.2GHz because I heard that no games support 6 cores yet so it would be running on 2.8ghz quad core instead.
September 25, 2011 4:12:12 AM

Both PCs will run Black Ops fine on max settings. I would just stay at 3.2 Quad because 6 Cores is a bit overkill and games today are only starting to utilize 4 cores.

PC #1 is fine, but I would try to find a Phenom II because it is much more better.
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September 25, 2011 4:28:02 AM

i would go for PC 2, the i5 is a better CPU than any of the current AMD based cpus.
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September 25, 2011 4:31:16 AM

It isn't that games do not support 6-cores, it that very few actually need 6-cores. Most use 2 to 4 cores at most. The 2nd system looks very appealing. It has a great CPU that will last quite a long time. The GPU is nice, but not as powerful as the 1st system. The 6770 is still enough to max out BO though. I would choose #2.
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September 25, 2011 5:49:44 AM

Both computers have performance weaknesses. The first has a weaker procecessor and the second has a weaker graphics card. The amd computer will have an upgrade path to their next generation FX which alleviates this in the future if you get an am3+ compatable motherboard. Currently if you go with AMD skip the phenoms to save money and upgrade the cpu when necessary to their FX. the intel i5 will also have an upgrade path to their next generation processor also if your motherboard manufacturer allows. So in terms of the long term value you get off your motherboard cpu support its hard to say. But in the short run the amd platform will perform overall better since its superior graphics card matters more often than a faster cpu.
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September 25, 2011 6:37:23 AM

So you are suggesting I go with the first one and later on upgrade the CPU when necessary ? Anyone else agree because I think it's a good idea too.
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September 25, 2011 4:51:45 PM

In my opinion the first is the best choice now.
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September 25, 2011 8:14:24 PM

what is the cost difference from pc 1 to pc 2?
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September 25, 2011 10:55:10 PM

about $50-$100 can't really remember. Pc #1 is cheaper at around $1000
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September 25, 2011 11:07:37 PM

get pc 1 bulldozer should come out and be anywhere between $170-$260 (dont quote that going off of memory). PC 1 also has a larger PSU, better gpu, and 64 bit windows.
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September 27, 2011 10:45:55 PM

What kind of motherboard are these systems using? Is it proprietary or ATX form-factor? I wouldn't trust anything that comes with a no-name board.
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September 27, 2011 11:54:44 PM

Also if you want to a do high overclock get a good quality board. Gigabyte usually offers efficient components even on their budget Motherboard. They will label these boards as ultra durable 3. Also if the board is described as 8+2 phases and/or a rectangular heatsink towards the ports by the cpu socket then they will usually be better overclockers.
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