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AMD or Intel - Which of these would you go for

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by nheather, 25 Sep 2009.

  1. nheather

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 919

    Location: Horsham, West Sussex

    Doing an upgrade on a budget(but a reasonable budget). Which of these configurations would you go for

    AMD Phenon II 720
    Gigabyte UD5P Mobo (2nd hand)
    £178

    AMD Phenom II 955
    Gigabyte UD5P Mobo (2nd hand)
    £235

    Intel i5 750
    Gigabyte UD2
    £227

    Couple of initial thoughts on the i5
    1) It's an OEM so I assume it doesn't come with a cooler - so I will need to add that
    2) It comes with Operation Flashpoint 2 (somehow - as it isn't released yet) which is a game I have on pre-order. So I could save myslef £18 by cancelling my pre-order.

    Other considerations
    1) For AMD I would be getting a top end MoBo (albeit 2nd hand) - is that a big benefit over the entry MoBo I would get for the i5
    2) I have a spare Arctic Freezer Pro 64 which I would hope to use for the Phenoms

    I imagine any of the 3 is more than enough for my needs.

    What I use it for

    Gaming
    Surfing + eMail
    MS Office stuff
    Some photo manipulation
    Some iTunes stuff
    Some converting DVDs for my PSP and iPod

    I currently use an 2 core E6750 @ 3.0GHz which my son will inherit. Apart from gaming (Crysis and ARMA II) I have never thought for once that it slow.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
    Last edited: 25 Sep 2009
  2. 'Wes

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Jun 2009

    Posts: 11,747

    Location: Łódź, Poland

    955, i have a need for a 3ghz cpu, and i don't like overclocking (myself).
     
  3. Spazzfish

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Apr 2009

    Posts: 303

    AMD Phenom II 955
    Gigabyte UD5P Mobo (2nd hand)
    £235

    This just for a change from intel.
     
  4. nheather

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 919

    Location: Horsham, West Sussex

    Done.

    Went the the 955 option - enticed by a certain etailer who is doing it for £137 today only.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  5. Nelly

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,983

    Location: Grimsby, UK

    Next week, keep an eye out on members market. ;)
     
  6. daz.rathbone

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Sep 2006

    Posts: 1,012

    Good choice.
    I've just done exactly the same - always a pain not to buy from OcUK, but being £12 less than OCers TWO offer (and they give me free shipping too).

    Just installed it and runs very nicely. Now perhaps a H5O to cool it, hmmm.... :)
     
  7. blaineoliver

    Hitman

    Joined: 29 Jul 2009

    Posts: 699

    Location: Near London

    955 stock cooler beats a ac 64 pro for reference.
     
  8. ~>Dg<~

    Caporegime

    Joined: 1 Jun 2006

    Posts: 32,634

    Location: Notts

    let us all how you go on with that if you get one thinking of trying that cooler myself and going for 4.0ghz :p
     
  9. nheather

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 919

    Location: Horsham, West Sussex

    Too late for me I'm afraid. Even though I'm not going to do anything with it until Windows 7 arrives I had money burning a hole in my pocket.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  10. miker1

    Hitman

    Joined: 17 May 2003

    Posts: 542

    Location: Milton Keynes

    Intel