Question: AMD/ATI vs Intel/Nvidia

By walkermage
Apr 17, 2009
  1. Hello Im Brazilian and I would like to know which of the two configurations is better, both have the same price:

    proc amd atlhon x2 5600 2.9ghz
    mb asus m2n-x
    memoria ddr2 2gb kingston 800mhz hyperx especial edition
    vga pci express 2.0 HD 3870 512mb gddr4 775mhz
    fonte real satelite 400w
    hd sata 320gb samsung

    proc intel core 2 duo E7400 2.8ghz
    mb intel dg31pr
    memoria ddr2 2gb kingston 800mhz (normal)
    vga pci express 2.0 GeForce 9600GT 512mb 650mhz
    fonte real seventeam 450w
    hd sata 500gb samsung

    already thanks :)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I like the Intel/Nvidia setup
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    D:, tough decision, they are both very similar.

    The Intel build has the advantage processor wise, the E7400 is a superior processor, but that won't particularly affect gaming though, but the E7400 will also overclock better.
    The hard drive, is a definite win for the Intel, pretty straight forward.
    I would say the AMD has a better motherboard.
    Now the real contest, the 9600gt and 3870 is a close match. The 3870 should edge out the 9600gt, especially with the overclock.
    Personally, I would go with the Intel just because I like the E7400 better, and I use my CPU a lot, otherwise it is a very close choice.
  4. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Posts: 295

    I'd go for the Intel/Nvidia. You can compare different CPU's at Tom's Hardware. I couldn't find the E7400, but the E7200 outscored the 5600 quite a bit in most of the benchmarks. The extra HDD space of the Intel/Nvidia system may also come in handy, as HDDs tend to fill up too fast anyway.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Just to clarify, games rely a lot more on the graphics card than the processor. Both processors are sufficient, so the processor will not hold you back either way.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The Intel/NVIDIA setup is better. Faster CPU, better PSU and better upgrade path for the CPU as well, compared to the AMD build.

    Gaming performance should be about the same for both, but when you turn on AA, the system with the ATI card will take a major hit in performance due to the broken AA implementation on the GPU.
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