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Posted 12 February 2013 - 13:37
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 20:33
This under 200$ CPU shoot-out from Tom's Hardware just came out. If gaming is the focus, you might find your answer in there (I haven't read it yet). As a rule of thumb, I always go for the more powerful GPU.
I say this in every thread, but it depends on the resolution.
Assuming 1680x, the 660 will do fine, and be a better overall computer. Assuming resolutions higher than that, I'd take the 660 Ti and just plan on upgrading the 955 at some point when the new AMD processors come out.
A 600W PSU isn't overkill and I'd recommend you go with one of that power. It's always good to have a little headroom so you don't stress it out under full load.
The i5 is definitely the better processor, but the 660 Ti is a better GPU than the regular 660.
A CPU cooler is useless unless they plan on overclocking, so I'd recommend getting rid of that and then going with the i5 and 660 Ti.
An i3 is even faster than that AMD CPU, but if they want a quad core, then go with whatever the cheapest i5 is that you can find.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 20:52
I mainly went with it for the noise-level and ease of cleaning as from my experience stock-coolers are pretty terrible
Posted 12 February 2013 - 20:55
Hmm I opted for the Intel for now as I figured it is more futureproof for him as he can always easily exchange the graphics card himself in the future while a CPU upgrade would be far more complicated But still thanks for the opinion too^^
Posted 12 February 2013 - 21:29
Posted 12 February 2013 - 21:47
Posted 12 February 2013 - 22:58
The Core i5 750 stock cooler is almost impossible to clean. One of the worst cooler i ever used. I actually replaced it after 2 years as i was not able to remove most of the dust even using a can of dust off and the temp of my cpu was farily high (close to 100 celsius under load).
Not a bad point, I have an i5 and a GTX660 myself so... I think it's a pretty good setup.
I currently have the AMD 955 and it's a great CPU as it has served me well, however it's now 2 years (possibly more) old and it's starting to show it's age verses the newer CPUs. Consider looking into an AMD 8350. Looks like a very decent CPU for the price tag and closely rivals intel's offerings
I'd go with the AMD Build. It will perform better in gaming with the 660 Ti. Now if you have wiggle room for the Intel build; upgrade the PSU to at least a 500 watt, and upgrade the video to a 660 Ti. Although the difference between the 660 and 660 Ti is not great.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:03
Posted 13 February 2013 - 13:31
I5 and get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO it's a cheap cooler that does very good for the money.
I also got the Antec HCG-620M it's a good bang for the buck modular PSU that's very good. I got one in this build and another in another...
What is the PC going to be used for?
Posted 13 February 2013 - 13:47
nah the evo was easy to install. very easy...