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Q6600 vs Phenom II 965

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Basically which of these configurations is better?


Both have the same psu and case so we will not mention those


Q6600 @ 3.2 ghz SLACR GO
Tuniq Tower 120
Asus P5B Deluxe wifi
2x2 gig g.skill 800 mhz RAM + 2x1 g.skill
ATI HD5870 reference card
OCZ 30 gig agilty
WD 640 gig AAKS (blue)
20x DVDRW




OR


Phenom II 965
Stock Cooling
Asus M5A97 LE
g.skill 2x2 ddr3 1333
HIS 7850 1 gb
WD 1 TB EZEX (blue)
24x DVDRW
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Better for what?

A sport bike is much better at getting around a track than a minivan, but you won't be hauling 6 kids on it.
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IF you had to buy one for your main computer which would it be
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IF you had to buy one for your main computer which would it be
I repeat the question.
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Hes talking about which rig is better.. The 2nd one is better. 5870 is old. The phenom is old but still really powerful and used in many builds now. Best budget CPU you could get for 100$
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I would also wonder why the restrictions of one or the other, vs assembling something perhaps better than both.
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I am going wondering if they are close or if one is much better because of selling the Q6600.
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the Q6600 setup its a solid chip and thats a nice mobo it comes with. the 30GB SSD well might not be the best but better than a spinner. a nice heatsink as well. graphics comparison i am not to sure of.
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Hes talking about which rig is better.. The 2nd one is better. 5870 is old. The phenom is old but still really powerful and used in many builds now. Best budget CPU you could get for 100$
Just because a GPU is old, doesn't mean it's worse. You are correct in this case though, but the Q6600 at 3.2ghz is no slouch either, and ought to keep up with a stock 965.

In fact, if he intends to play GW2 or RIFT (I forget which one it is), he will be outright screwed, because whichever game has a severe problem with AMD cpus.

I would honestly call it a tossup, seeing as he said nothing about overclocking the Phenom. Not to mention the Q6600 is easily capable of far more than 3.2ghz, I ran mine at 3.8 for a few months without issue, dropped to 3.2 for nearly 4 years just to keep it cooler, and put it down to 3.0 for several months (in the interest of lifespan) before I decided to replace it.
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2nd one would be the better choice for most purposes (especially gaming). It has a newer graphics card and the motherboard utilizes DDR3, so you can easily add or change the RAM in the future as well the the CPU (AM3+ CPU).

The first choice has DDR2 RAM and they are unmatching at that, which could make performance unstable or harder to stabilize. The first one also has a 30GB SSD, but you can easily add an SSD to the 2nd rig (a newer and more reliable one).

The overclocked Q6600 does easily match the PhenomII's performance, but the overall platform is hard to justify when the 1st rig has upgrade potential since it is a more modern motherboard. The 7850 is slightly more powerful than the older 5870 and has a lot of support in the current drivers.
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