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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


    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)

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

    Intel i5 750
    Gigabyte UD2

    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

    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.


    Last edited: 25 Sep 2009
  2. 'Wes


    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


    Joined: 5 Apr 2009

    Posts: 303

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

    This just for a change from intel.
  4. nheather


    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 919

    Location: Horsham, West Sussex


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


  5. Nelly


    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


    Joined: 29 Jul 2009

    Posts: 699

    Location: Near London

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


    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


    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.


  10. miker1


    Joined: 17 May 2003

    Posts: 542

    Location: Milton Keynes