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New PC build
hardware : by Greg - November 9th 2009, 04:36AM
I'm looking at the quickly changing landscape of PC components in anticipation of building a new machine after the holidays. And yes I know I'm missing the MW2 launch, sigh. Ok so there's a couple issues I wanted to get advice on: 1. Processor - I'm thinking i7-920, but the i5 cores that came out are close in performance. So I'm looking for opinions on i7-920 vs i5-750 vs Phenom II X4 2. Graphics card- GeForce GTX 275 or Radeon 5850? OR get 2 Radeon 5750 cards in Crossfire? 3. HDs : get a fast SATA or SSD for OS drive? for mass storage I like WD at 1 or 1.5TB but whats the diff betwenn their black and green models, noticable?


+ Tommy G.
  Nov 10, 2009 12:03
For me, the jury's still out on which proc to get. I'll get back to you on that. Although [jro] is loving his i7 at the moment, they are quite pricey. Once we settle on a processor though, then begins the debate about which mobo to pick, then what size RAM. But for now, I'm going to hold off on making a choice on proc platforms.

I'd look at only going with one for now. I'm happy with my 5750, but 2 would be nice. I guess we'll just have to look at the review sites. Personally, I've been leaning towards Radeons for the past 2 generations. I used to be whole-hearted nVidia, but the ATI cards are nice.

The WD marketing colors of "blue, "green" and "black" appear to be "professional", "eco" and "enthusiast". The specific traits are: Reliable/Cool/Quiet, Cooler/Quieter/Eco Friendly?, Fast/Feature-Rich. Personally, I'd probably pick "Green" for quiet/cool - and I'm sure the speed isn't a big percentage loss in performance compared the black.
As for SSD or spinning disk: that's a hard choice. SSD are a lot smaller for the price, but they do boot fast. It really depends on how much you leave your computer on versus shutdown/bootup. So, I'd probably stick with the old, tried and true spinning disk and wait another couple of cycles for the SSD prices to come down again.


+ Nate K.
  Nov 13, 2009 13:30
I just put together a new machine with an i5 and a 5750. I'm happy with both. The i5 runs very cool considering the circumstances, and it runs HL2 at 1080p with everything maxed out at 60 fps. I haven't bought MW2 yet, so I don't have benchmarks, but considering you'll save a couple hundred bucks over the i7 and 5850, and still can support DX11, I think they are really good values.


+ Corey T.
  Nov 13, 2009 15:25
That is good information to have.


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