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Need help on a CPU pick

By nik11105
Mar 24, 2010
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  1. What would be better for a gaming pc

    Core i5 750
    (mobo: asus maximus iii formula)

    or

    AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE
    (mobo: msi 790fx-gd70

    Thanks
    Nik11105
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,735   +894

    What's the matter Nik .....? I thought you had this solved.
     
  3. PCTechie316

    PCTechie316 TS Member Posts: 92

    I would say the i7 if going for a quad system, and if you can't do an i7 for budget reasons. Go with the AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    I would avoid throwing out so much money on such an expensive board.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,735   +894

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic144479.html
     
  6. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    the i5 system is better but pick a cheaper mb
     
  7. skline00

    skline00 TS Rookie

    I have the 965BE and Like it. I also believe the Intels are powerful chips. See my specs. I have the MSI 790FX-GD70 mb with my 965BE C2. Bought them both last August and they are solid. My son-in-law has an Intel I7-920 with a Nvidia 285 and I have my setup with a xfx 5850BE and he is a serious CODMW2 player and says my machine plays just as fast so go figure!
     
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    i5 750 + MSI GD65. Should be great.

    The PII 965 is a very good processor. But the i5 beats it in all benchmarks.
     
  9. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 56

    The phenom II x4 955 does better then the higher clocked intel core i7 965 in some benchmarks, you obviously have no idea what your talking about
     
  10. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Well, do I not? I suggest you read this review here on techspot and check for yourself. Unless you claim to know more than them, I guess I was right.
     
  11. skline00

    skline00 TS Rookie

    The i5-750 is a close match to the 965BE. In some tests the 750 wina and in others the 965 wins. Check Tom's hardware chart and Anandtech
     
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Thats silly...
     
  13. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    lol a 955 doing better than the intel 965 dont make me laugh that is so dumb before u put ur foot in ur mouth know what u are talking about please.
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

  15. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 378

    Too much hostility...:(

    The 965BE is a sweet chip. I would recommend going with the 955BE with lower TDP, decent board and the HD5770 you picked out in your first thread. The 955 will easily OC to 3.4 without touching the voltage.

    The intel does beat the Phenom IIs in synthetic benchmarks but in real life those numbers don't mean a whole lot. (too me at least)

    Both chips are very capable but if you are on a budget the Phenom II build will end up costing less and give very nice performance. If you can afford going the intel route, by all means, go for it.
     
  16. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 56


    Maybe with the new drivers and such this is not true anymore but it used to do better then the i7's as you can see here and sure as hell its still faster then the i5 750 in some benchmarks
     
  17. Bolletje

    Bolletje TS Rookie

    If you choose for AMD, then I should pick a 890GX board with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.
     
  18. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    New drivers don't effect the processor.

    Now, if you read the review in its entirety, you may learn something. Here is a quote from the last page: "The Intel Core i7 processors still rule the ranks"

    Sorry, you just lost credibility in my eyes.
     
  19. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Hi EduardsN.

    If you had read carefully you would have come across these lines:

    Anyway, the point is that the best bang for the buck in terms of price vs. performance is the i5 750. It is faster than the Phenom II X4 965 in benchmarks. However, the Phenom II line of processors is also very competent. You won't notice a world of difference in your apps whether you use the Intel or the AMD. I myself use the X3 720 and am very happy with the way it performs.
     
  20. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 56


    New drivers affect how one processor scales with the other because of GPU limitations. My point is that the phenom II's are very good gaming processors thats all
     
  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I think we all agree to that. No one said the Phenom IIs aren't good. Up to the OP to make his pick.
     
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