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Old 03-17-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Confused Comparison

Hey guys, been lurking for awhile, but finally had an actual problem to ask so I registered and here I am. I've just decided to buy a new rig as my laptop's dying, and I'm looking to get a desktop at $2000. I've basically got it worked out to two rigs. The first is:

[ Processor ] AMD® PHENOM™ II X6 Six-Core 1090T (3.20 GHz 9MB cache)
[ Memory ] 8GB DDR3 Ram (64-bit OS only)
[ Hard Disk ] 500GB SATA III Hard Disk, 32MB cache
[ 2nd Hard Disk ] 1TB SATA Hard Disk; 32MB cache
[ Video Card ] 1280MB nVidia® GeForce GTX 570 with DVI/HDMI
[ Monitor ] 24" wide LCD 1920x1080 high-definition; 2ms response time
[ Network Card ] On-board Gigabit LAN
[ Wireless LAN ] 300 Mbps Wireless-N adaptor
[ DVD Writer/Blu-Ray ] Blu-ray Reader/Writer/DVD Burner
[ Firewire ] Onboard IEEE 1394a Firewire
[ Sound Card ] 8-channel High Definition Audio
[ Keyboard (Mouse) ] Keyboard + optical Mouse (Logitech)
[ Case ] Mid Tower: Antec 'Nine Hundred Two'

That sits pretty at $2025. The second goes thusly:

[ Processor ] Intel® Core™ i7 960 (4 Cores, 3.20GHz FSB, 8M cache)
[ Memory ] 12GB DDR3 Ram (64-bit OS only)
[ Hard Disk ] 500GB SATA Hard Disk; 16MB cache
[ 2nd Hard Disk ] 1TB SATA Hard Disk; 32MB cache
[ Video Card ] 1280MB nVidia® GeForce GTX 470 with DVI/HDMI
[ Monitor ] 24" wide LCD 1920x1080 high-definition; 2ms response time
[ Network Card ] On-board Gigabit LAN
[ Wireless LAN ] 300 Mbps Wireless-N adaptor
[ DVD Writer/Blu-Ray ] 8x Blu-Ray Reader + DVD Burner
[ Firewire ] Onboard IEEE1394a Firewire
[ Sound Card ] High Definition 8-channel Audio
[ Keyboard (Mouse) ] Logitech Keyboard + Optical Mouse
[ Case ] Mid Tower: Antec 'Nine Hundred Two'

That one costs $2119, which I'm not really happy with as it's starting to really push my budget (postage for either will be $190, so it's really it's $2215 vs $2309).

My real question is what will be the limiting factor, the CPU or the graphics card. Obviously, with the lesser AMD chip, I can grab the better GTX, so is that worth it in comparison to the better Intel chip with the lesser GTX?

Thanks a lot for any help guys.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:03 AM   #2
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AMD CPU's seem to be on par with Intel as far as gaming goes so i'd grab the cheaper of the two for the sheer fact it has a better GPU.
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