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which build would be better

post #1 of 8
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hello all. the 2 builds i have in mind are:

amd build: denab 970, gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H, and CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600mhz.

intel build: core i5-2500k, gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H, and CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) running at 1333mhz,

both builds are pretty much $400 exactly. i dont do any gaming, so i will be using the onboard graphics on either build. so i was wondering which would be overall faster/better. i would assume the intel, but what has me wondering is the amd build has faster ram, and twice as much of it...
and even tho it doesnt apply, which would provide better graphics, should i choose to play a game?
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post #2 of 8
Either one really.


both are excellent machines and you will be happy with whatever one you choose.





But, new tech gets my vote: Get the Intel.
post #3 of 8
intel.
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post #4 of 8
Intel
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Intel all the way!
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post #6 of 8
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im not expecting anyone to speak from personal experience... but about the graphics? which onboard graphics would be better?
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post #7 of 8
AMD - for the IGP

...not that is much faster, but it has much better driver support. I've seen many reviewers complaining many games refused to start on Intel's IGP.

...btw, I agree Intel's CPU is faster all things being equal, but you picked 8GB of RAM for the AMD rig vs 4GB for the Intel. If what you do fits in 4GB, then get the i5; if you need significantly more than 4GB then as good as the i5 is, it will spend most of its time idle waiting for data - thus the AMD would be faster.
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post #8 of 8
i5 Build
As for On board graphics, why not just pick up a cheap 512mb Video card? They're only what? £30? (Less than 50 dollars)
Good luck with whatever you decide
    
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