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Building for friends: i5 + GTX660 or Phenom + 660 Ti?


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#16 threetonesun

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 13:52

nah the evo was easy to install. very easy...


If it fits in your case. :laugh:

Although I happen to know that it will fit in a Thermaltake V3, assuming you don't want side fans.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 14:03

Antec Three Hundred Two is my case

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 14:12

nah the evo was easy to install. very easy...

yes I can easily vouch for the Evo 212, installed it last week on a friend's new built rig, one of the easiest jobs ever! don't be intimidated by the backplate rumour, its not true!

And yes its a brilliant heat sink, his 3570 runs so cool under it, even when overclocked. A nice build these days could be a FX 8350 with GTX660 ti.... great competitor to the 3570 equivalent build from Intel, and somewhat cheaper mobo and ram wise aswell.


Whoa really? :blink: Now I feel like a fool :pinch: From all I watched it seemed like I would need three persons to install the EVO 212, one that holds the motherboard on the edge, a second one who pushes the heatsink down in place and a third one who screws it in.... oh well I already ordered everything so I can't change it anyhow^^;;

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 14:39

I did it myself

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 15:03

I did it myself


Well you as a cat have the advantage of four paws and a extra tail :p Just kidding I guess I learned my lesson for future builds, thank you!^^

#21 remixedcat

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 15:28

No probs. Glad to assist,

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 15:35

Well you as a cat have the advantage of four paws and a extra tail :p ^^


Also supernatural power.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 22:03

No probs. Glad to assist,


Well I have to say I'm glad that Neowin has preserved its friendly nature^^

Also supernatural power.


And oh yeah I forgot about that, maybe you want to take over Neowin and make it Meowin with your powers Remixedcat? :rofl:

#24 Slammers

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 22:12

Bit late on this one, but personally I would definitely go with the i5 and vanilla 660. I have the exact same setup and ti eats everything you throw at it.
Then in a few years you can easily chuck a new graphics card in, and unless they are doing strenuous video editing etc., the i5 will still be fine.
If you get phenom, they are stuck with AMD, sure they can put a new AMD cpu when they come out, but after the last few generations of intel vs amd I would not trust the AMD cpu's to be anywhere near their intel counterparts in performance.

It's always easier to replace a gfx card than a CPU. That z77 chipset is much more future proof also.
The 660 can be overclocked to 660ti levels anyway. Seems like a no brainer to me.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 22:32

Well I have to say I'm glad that Neowin has preserved its friendly nature^^



And oh yeah I forgot about that, maybe you want to take over Neowin and make it Meowin with your powers Remixedcat? :rofl:



meee-ow! :cat:

#26 Andre S.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:48

The AMD build will be faster in games, but worse in every other respect. Also while it's easy to swap a video card for a better model from any manufacturer, the choice of CPU is much more binding, basically you probably won't touch it ever. So, the AMD build is ok if all you care about is getting maximum gaming performance right now, but I wouldn't recommend it in general.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 13:04

Just wanted to add my input :) i5 / 660GTX is a really good combo, i have it, and it is handling everything i throw at it :)