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I7 and i5 config suggestions

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December 13, 2011 5:03:17 PM

Hi guys, check out these two system configs. Let me know the positives and negatives of each. Finally which system would you choose and why.

System 1:
Iball velocity cabinet
Intel i5 2500 proccy (non k) with stock heatsink
4gb kingston hyperx ddr3 1600mhz
Zebronics 500watt psu
GTX 550
Intel DH67Cl b3 mobo.

System 2:
Coolermaster CM690 cabinet
Intel i7 2600k proccy with coolermaster hyper tx3
4gb corsair ddr3 1333mhz
Corsair TX650
Msi R5770 Hawk
Biostar TZ68K+ mobo

System 2 is mine and system 1 is a friend's. I use mine for photoshop, premiere pro, etc. my friends is all into gaming.

My thoughts on the limitations of each:
System 1: Needs a better psu than zebronics. Also the 1600mhz ram might underclock to 1333 as it hasn't been overclocked. The h67 mobo doesn't support overclocking.
System 2: The 5770 is slower than the 550. Ram could have been faster, maybe overclocked.

Thank you. :) 

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December 13, 2011 5:12:54 PM

I choose the second system.
For the first yes your right the PSU is the... must change .
550 is a non Ti ,so the differences betwenn them are not to big.
You don't need to overclock your RAM you need more RAM if editing, do grafic and for multitasking. 1333Mhz is ok is native for Sandy.
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December 13, 2011 5:51:39 PM

The second system. The first system maybe in for some trouble, the memory that is being used is Kingston HyperX which most likely is running at 1.65v. The 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors only support memory at 1.5v ±5%. If you are running 1.65v memory at that voltage there is a good change that you are going to damage the memory controller on the processor. Since your friend already owns the memory have him go into the Bios and check and in needed change the voltage on the memory down to 1.5v so that he doesnt damage his processor.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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December 13, 2011 7:09:20 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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