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i7 750 vs PII build

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  1. n-ster

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    So I am making a build for a family member, and the budget isn't that high... It is not for gaming, so integrated graphics is fine. I was wondering which way to go, i7 750 or PII 955/965

    The only difference between the 2 build will be CPU+mobo, so here we go:

    i7 750 ---------------- 186.30$ at MC after tax
    Gigabyte H55 s2H ------ 82.80$ at MC after tax
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    TOTAL: -----------269.10$ US



    For the PII, I have a couple options, but here is my favorite:

    just buy the PII 955 + am3 mobo here in canada:

    Phenom II x4 955 -------------175$ CAD
    Biostar TA790GXB3 AM3 --------75$ CAD
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    TOTAL: ------------------250$ CAD or 235$ US

    problem with the PII is that I am tempted to just buy everything in canada then lol



    So is my guess that the 35$ increase in price is worth it?


    As for the rest of my build: (btw no HD or DVDRW in this build)

    PSU- Corsair 400CX ---- 55$ US (amazon) + 15$ MIR

    RAM-

    For the case it is a special matter since it would be impractical getting a case across the US border to Canada (this build is for canada, but I go to US alot) unless it is SMALL
     
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    whats the use of the machine?
     
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    depends on the use...if its just for family to get online with and email, why not save some more money and get a lower end cpu....
     
  4. n-ster

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    Actually, I am not too sure xD

    In the future it COULD be gaming, in the FUTURE it COULD be for a 24 high res camera surveillance system

    Accounting programs that aren't that demanding, obv office and internet too.

    There is a big focus on longetivity of the build though
     
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    I'd get the i5 as it isn't a lot more
     
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    alright so what RAM and case should I get?

    RAM is the first I have to choose lol..

    btw, I have to pay 7% tax at Newegg
     
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    I just really like how "smooth" AMD is on the desktop.....and in all that really matters there isn't a whole lot different in terms of power.

    That being said, AMD boards usually have better onboard video and that should be your main concern, not how much power someone needs as I'm sure if this rig is for basic things even an old Pent D system can 'do the job'.

    PM me if you want something else to consider in your build plans. :)
     
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    TBH, in this case, the onboard video is not important so it is OK... I have heard about the "smoother feeling" of AMD, though I do not really understand it lol.

    Can anyone point me to good benchmarks between i5 750 and PII 955/965? If there is very little difference, I would go for the smooth feeling of AMD and the ability to buy it here in Canada
     
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    Not for gaming? I see Athlon II X4 620 being another worthy opponent.
     
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    ..heheh i tought you meant "i7 vs pentium II" :p
     
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    I've been very impressed with my Phenom II X4 955, combined with an 8800GT/HD5670 it flies for all of the games I play. However, for most people, a Phenom II X2 555 or an Athlon II X3/X4 would be more than sufficient; you could then spend the money saved on a second HDD for RAID1 (redundancy)
     
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    thought about that too... It would be 75$ less than the PII build, but if I would make a PII 940 DDR2 build, it would probably be around 25-40$ more than the athlon ii 620, so I guess the PII 940 would be a better deal here?

    Maybe I will go the cheaper route with PII 940
     
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    Explaining the 'smooth' factor is hard, it has to be seen to understand it in all honesty.

    I never believed it until I ran an AMD setup again...last one I had before this PII was in 2002 - 2003! :)
     
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    intel given what you said.
     
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    I think I might have the case covered, might be going for Acid's Antec 300, but how about some good 4gb DDR3? any good buys?
     
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    both systems what you posted are overkill for what they are needed!! sorry it had to be sayd
     
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    dont worry, I knew that :) they are purposely overkill, but they will last long :)
     
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    i5 750 > All Phenom II's. Lets be serious here...
     
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    in that case help me with my RAM choice lol
     
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    The PII will run cooler than the 750. Honestly the decision doesn't make a difference. Flip a coin or get whatever is cheaper. The 955 is a bad choice here since you are paying for a black edition. Get the 945 C3 and save even more money. Better yet get an Athlon II dual core and save even more.

    Lol, let's be serious. In this machine it's nothing but a waste of power and money.

    *I'm just saying from recent experience. I put my old PII 955 into my brothers computer and now I regret it. He could be getting by nicely with a single core.
     
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    I agree with erocker. If its based on money/budget, just go with an AMD setup. Theres absolutely nothing wrong with Phenom II's. I was simply answering the initial title question, i5 750 or Phenom II. I vote i5 750 as the better CPU, but I vote Phenom II if budget is an issue/concern. If it comes down to budget, Phenom II hands down. You won't be disappointed either way.
     
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    Heh, I'm thinking about buying a new Sempron! Now that is a low end chip! :D
     
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    Lets just go back to Celeron 366's and run em at 550MHz!!! :D
     
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    Well my orders are to make it so that even if we would put a 24 or 36 camera system (DVR) with a pretty good resolution, that it still would have power to run as a normal PC too
     

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