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Which system would you take for gaming?

Total: 11 votes (2 blank votes)

  • System 1
  • 45 %
  • System 2
  • 56 %
December 16, 2011 7:40:32 PM

System 1

Resolution: 1920x1080
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 LGA1155 (Z68)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 500W
CPU: Sandy Bridge i3-2120
Case: Thermaltake V5 Black Edition (pic)
GPU: ATI Radeon 6870
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB SATA



System 2

Resolution: 1920x1080
Motherboard: Intel DP67BA (LGA 1155 P67)
PSU: Corsair CX600 Power Supply
CPU: Sandy Bridge i5 2500k
Case: CM Storm Scout Black (pic)
GPU: GeForce GTX550TI
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Hard Drive: Intel SSD 320 Series 40GB + Seagate Barracude 500GB SATA



Simply put which is superior for gaming? (current releases or recent upcoming releases) Disregard total cost of parts. Just rate each and vote please.

My country is South Africa. The boxes with parts are all imported before I buy them.
There is no brand preference (it does not really apply to the question though.)
I don't require OS, Keyboard, Mouse or Monitor.

More about : gaming

December 17, 2011 9:40:33 AM

I would vote neither. I would remix the components thusly:

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 LGA1155 (Z68)
PSU: Corsair CX600 Power Supply
CPU: Sandy Bridge i5 2500k
GPU: ATI Radeon 6870
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Hard Drive: Intel SSD 320 Series 40GB + Seagate Barracude 500GB SATA

I did not pick a case as that is more of a personal preference thing. Either will do.
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December 17, 2011 9:48:51 AM

internetswag said:
System 1


Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 LGA1155 (Z68)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 500W
CPU: Sandy Bridge i3-2120
Case: Thermaltake V5 Black Edition (pic)
GPU: ATI Radeon 6870
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB SATA



System 2

Motherboard: Intel DP67BA (LGA 1155 P67)
PSU: Corsair CX600 Power Supply
CPU: Sandy Bridge i5 2500k
Case: CM Storm Scout Black (pic)
GPU: GeForce GTX550TI
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Hard Drive: Intel SSD 320 Series 40GB + Seagate Barracude 500GB SATA



Simply put which is superior for gaming? (current releases or recent upcoming releases) Disregard total cost of parts. Just rate each and vote please.

6870 rapes on a 550ti LOL
December 17, 2011 3:31:41 PM

I updated the OP.

tlmck said:
I would vote neither. I would remix the components thusly:

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 LGA1155 (Z68)
PSU: Corsair CX600 Power Supply
CPU: Sandy Bridge i5 2500k
GPU: ATI Radeon 6870
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Hard Drive: Intel SSD 320 Series 40GB + Seagate Barracude 500GB SATA

I did not pick a case as that is more of a personal preference thing. Either will do.


If I could do that I would, but I cannot.
December 17, 2011 7:32:48 PM

System 2, without a doubt.
December 17, 2011 10:12:25 PM

Gothams Finest said:
System 2, without a doubt.

For the OPs needs system 1 would bury system 2 into the ground however if it was desktop Business, production, Editing videos, photos, encoding music studio, etc the 2500 i5 would be the determiner here is for gaming which is what the OP needs is a 6870 buries a 550ti Sys 1 it is.
December 18, 2011 8:14:25 AM

I think it would help if we knew what the OP's needs were so if they can fill out the form here (as asked before) we can make better progress:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-adv...

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

In terms of gaming potential the 6870 will beat the 550TI significantly, but system 2 is more balanced.

Please
December 18, 2011 8:31:27 AM

internetswag said:
I updated the OP.



If I could do that I would, but I cannot.



Then I would wait until you can.
December 18, 2011 1:10:29 PM

Headspin_69 said:
For the OPs needs system 1 would bury system 2 into the ground however if it was desktop Business, production, Editing videos, photos, encoding music studio, etc the 2500 i5 would be the determiner here is for gaming which is what the OP needs is a 6870 buries a 550ti Sys 1 it is.




System 1

Pros:
6870

Cons:
i3 2120
Z68 Mobo without an SSD so the z68 is moot
Thermaltake 500W


System 2

Pros:
2500k
SSD
Corsair CX600

Cons:
550Ti


You would recommend System 1 over a 2500k, SSD and a better power supply, just because it comes with
a 6870....thats ridiculous.
December 18, 2011 1:17:01 PM

tlmck said:
Then I would wait until you can.


I agree.
December 19, 2011 5:51:50 PM

system 2 it is then
December 19, 2011 9:56:10 PM

Gothams Finest said:
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System 1

Pros:
6870

Cons:
i3 2120
Z68 Mobo without an SSD so the z68 is moot
Thermaltake 500W


System 2

Pros:
2500k
SSD
Corsair CX600

Cons:
550Ti


You would recommend System 1 over a 2500k, SSD and a better power supply, just because it comes with
a 6870....thats ridiculous.

Op needs a gaming rig Prey therefore regardless of i3 or i5 or a 500wats PSU the 6870 is going to bury the 550ti in gaming performance and an i5 will never make up the deference when the GPU power is not there LOL.PS Radeon cards are actually power efficient and 500watts is overkill LOL.
December 19, 2011 10:30:49 PM

You P.S. on a forum to say lol? Heck he could run a 6870 on a 430w PSU. 500w is overkill. But what about xFire? Overkill isn't a bad thing, unless you are at an extreme.
The other guy is right. All around the second system is better. Although the first is better for gaming, the overall build quality, and speed will be better on the second build. On the i3 vs i5, the i5 has oc'ing. You can't on a i3. In the future, how is he going to solve a bottleneck? He can't unless he buys a new mobo+CPU, with a i5, oc. I second the waiting for the second build, but I would say if waiting a month, get a 7000 series card at current price, or a 6870 at a lesser price.
December 19, 2011 10:49:23 PM

raptorxrx said:
You P.S. on a forum to say lol? Heck he could run a 6870 on a 430w PSU. 500w is overkill. But what about xFire? Overkill isn't a bad thing, unless you are at an extreme.
The other guy is right. All around the second system is better. Although the first is better for gaming, the overall build quality, and speed will be better on the second build. On the i3 vs i5, the i5 has oc'ing. You can't on a i3. In the future, how is he going to solve a bottleneck? He can't unless he buys a new mobo+CPU, with a i5, oc. I second the waiting for the second build, but I would say if waiting a month, get a 7000 series card at current price, or a 6870 at a lesser price.

Yes sys 2 is all around better but sys 1 is better at gaming and that's what the OP is after end of story.
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