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Which build is better?

Total: 9 votes (1 blank vote)

  • i5 combo
  • 50 %
  • i3 combo
  • 50 %
January 28, 2012 2:38:33 PM

There are 2 CPU+GPU+Mobo combos i have chosen, for pretty much the same price, and i need help choosing the right one:

1.
MSI PH61A-P35 (B3)
i5 2400
Leadtek Hurricane Dual Fan GTX 560 Ti

2.
Asus P8Z68-V LX
i3 2100
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti

Which one of these 2 would be better for gaming and everyday use? I know that i5 is better, but is the mobo and GPU downgrade worth it?

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January 28, 2012 2:55:56 PM

The second. You have a Z68 motherboard what alow you to upgrade your cpu with an i5, i7 or Ivy Bridge in the future and 560Ti Twin Frozr II from MSI ,is agreat video card.
January 28, 2012 2:56:01 PM

i5 all the way.
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January 28, 2012 3:05:33 PM

I'd go with sosofm's logic myself.
January 28, 2012 3:08:33 PM

Ok... With these 2 build the rest of the system would look like this:

4GB Patriot 1333MHz CL9 ( 1x4 )
Seasonic SS-520GB
Cooler Master Elite 430
Hitachi 160GB sata2 ( reused )

Now, if i compromised a little, say...

PSU to Chieftec CFT-600-14cs ( every single person recommends me this PSU, even a Serbian PC newspaper said it would be a great choice )

i would be able to afford this combo:

i5 2400
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
MSI PH61A-P35

and i wouldn't upgrade anything. What do you think?
January 28, 2012 3:10:40 PM

The first one. The H61 is still upgradable to Ivy Bridge, but you won't need it cause the i5-2400 is fast enough to last you a long time.

January 28, 2012 3:12:54 PM

geekapproved said:
The first one. The H61 is still upgradable to Ivy Bridge, but you won't need it cause the i5-2400 is fast enough to last you a long time.


Exactly what i thought.
January 29, 2012 5:01:37 PM

Ok, this is the final build:

Intel Core i5 2400
MSI H67MA-E35
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
4GB DDR3 1333MHz Excelram
Seasonic SS-520GB
Cooler Master Elite 430

I decided to add a couple of bucks and buy the Twin Frozr II. Now, before i order, will i be able to max out modern games ( with exception of BF3 ) at 1680x1050? Maximum AA and AF isn't necessary.
January 29, 2012 5:02:52 PM

I'm pretty sure you will.
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