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    Question Amd or i5? Help!

    Hi, I was just trying to find about processors when I found this site, so thought that I might be able to find out about which processor to buy over here (Nice forums btw)

    Trying to build a new computer with a budget of about 800$ - 900$ (no need of monitor, keyboard or mouse).. with near zero knowledge about computers ..

    Main dilemma - Which processor .. AMD or i5 ..

    Also need a good graphic card; was wondering if ATI Radeon HD 4850 was good enough to play games like BF Bad company 2, etc

    Help??

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    Default Re: Amd or i5? Help!

    Welcome to PCStats!

    Most of the regulars in here prefer Intel and most have the i7. BAM! has an i5 for his HTPC set-up and one or two others I believe have the latest AMD for gaming.

    An i7 920 will run you $280, 6GB of DDR3 triple channel memory (1600Mhz) @ $170 (G.Skill), an ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard will cost around $240 and an ATI DirectX 11.0 video card can run anywhere from $240 upwards to $720 (HD5970 Extreme Edition!!!)

    Just depends on whether you have extra money for that kind of thrill ...

    An ATI HD5850 will run about $300 and that will get you in the ballpark for all the current games and then some.

    So you could easily spend your $900 without blinking an eye. It happens to me quite often ...

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    Default Re: Amd or i5? Help!

    If you are lucky to have a Microcenter nearby, the i7 930 can be had for $199.
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    Default Re: Amd or i5? Help!

    Hard to tell where he's from Pastie ... () but maybe you could get one of those i7 930s and mail one to Skorp ... he's looking for a new i7 platform and you could just step in and save the day ...
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    Default Re: Amd or i5? Help!

    It's maybe cheap going with the AMD.
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    Default Re: Amd or i5? Help!

    bah, back after long time finally over with school and WTF things have changed,

    well, here's a suggestion, i've both intel and AMD and try to see which one i can use, majority of reviews suggest i7 or i5 for gaming (got i5 2500k myself) and for video edition or things like that suggest AMD.

    although AMD is cheap one good thing over intel that new few upgrades will last you good since they stick with same design for couple of generation, unlike intel which go with new design at every release.

    although Intel's chip will last you good 4-5 years with updates and faster programs compare to AMD so depending on what you use and how much of a computer you use they both end about the same in long run.

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