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October 11, 2011 11:08:21 PM

Essentially I have 3 choices for CPU's that I'm looking into. The difference in price is 20-80 between them. I have them listed as most expensive first all the way to least expensive. I'd be using it for some gaming WoW, SWtOR, some photoshop and some video work. The system I'm currently using without any issues is similar to the 870. I'm going to be giving that to my wife and me a new system but I'm not familar with the other processors or video cards.

Which one would you most likely go for?

Processor: i7-2600
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Video Card: Radeon 6770

Processor: i7-930
RAM: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3
Video Card: Radeon 6770

Processor: i7-870
RAM: 8GB Dual Channel
Video: ATI Radeon 5770




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October 11, 2011 11:16:35 PM

I'd go with this kit :

Processor: i7-2600
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Video Card: Radeon 6770


Simply because it's the latest hardware available on the market.

But if you're able to get the "K" version for overclocking, that would be great in a long-term perspective.
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October 11, 2011 11:29:09 PM

The first build has the strongest processor

and the 5770 and 6770 are identical hardware set up slightly differently . The 6770 is marginally stronger

But NONE of them are good builds , IMO.
A strong processor and relatively weak graphics card does not add up to a great experience . If your monitor is a higher resolution it adds up to a bad gaming experience .

Something like
i5 2400
Z 68 motherboard
2 x4 gig of RAM
Radeon 6850 or 6870 [ depending on the monitor ]
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October 12, 2011 9:10:15 PM

Outlander_04 said:
But NONE of them are good builds , IMO.
A strong processor and relatively weak graphics card does not add up to a great experience . If your monitor is a higher resolution it adds up to a bad gaming experience .
It's a prebuilt system because I have an account through them. Currently I'm using the last build running WoW and SWtOR at full graphics on a 24 inch, 1920x1080 monitor without any lag or issues. My wife will be getting that CPU and I'll be getting this new one, so I'm expecting to at least operate on par and better.

My other video card options are GDDR5 NVidia GeForce GTS 450 instead or a AMD Radeon HD 6870. It looks like I'll probably be going with a i7-930 though. Although I could go with i7-960 or i7-990x at a higher price. After discounts though, that isn't too bad but not sure if I would rather pay the extra $$ for the one of the video card options, or instead use it for one of the other processors.
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October 12, 2011 9:23:18 PM

the i7 2600 is the stronger processor of those 3 , and if the 5770 graphics are adequate then the 6770 will be too .

If you do decide to upgrade the graphics then the 6870 is by far the strongest of those options
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October 12, 2011 10:47:49 PM

Outlander_04 said:
the i7 2600 is the stronger processor of those 3 , and if the 5770 graphics are adequate then the 6770 will be too .

If you do decide to upgrade the graphics then the 6870 is by far the strongest of those options

Yeah after looking over things it looks like going with the i7-2600 is better in the long run. Even if I use the 6770 video card, I could always add another one or upgrade the card at a later date and still come out ahead.

Although now I'm torn. I usually don't look into Alienware because I've been able to perform on par with their systems for $500-600 less than their price. But they have a system that is on sale that sounds nice spec-wise. It would run me $300 more though, which seems worth it but I'm not sure how that translates $$$ wise if it would be considered worth it.

i7-2600K Overclocked to 3.9GHz
8GB Dual Channel DDR3
Either a 2GB Radeon 6950 or Dual 1GB Radeon 6870 or Dual GeForce GTX 460

What I've been looking at which is $300 less though:
i7-2600
8GB Dual Channel DDR3
Radeon 6870

The system is already overclocked which is nice. It is a K processor which I'm told more and I could either get 6950 or go with 2 6870's instead which should drastically improve performance.
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October 14, 2011 1:44:02 PM

I like the K chip option.....
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October 14, 2011 1:47:24 PM

Since you're looking at Alienware, take a look at www.foxteknology.com and check out their Balanced or Enthusiast gaming lines, nice options, all Intel chips, Z68 mobo, plenty of GPU option, customize to your liking.....
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