Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:34 AM
Processor, its a tossup-Im guessing on tomshardware their a bunch of intel fanboys, but honestly, CPU and motherboard wise, your original configuration is better. I think that AMD CPU you picked out, is better then the i5 they picked. If they had chosen a i7, it may be different but not a i5. As far as the motherboard, ASRock, which is where the price difference is, is an inferior brand to gigabyte. Its not a bad brand, but its not a high performance brand either-and in a performance system, in fact with any system, the two things you should never skimp on, are the power supply and the motherboard-they are the backbone of your system. Gigabyte makes a far superior motherboard then ASRock, even if you do go intel, go with a good gigabyte or ASUS motherboard.
As far as their video card choice-performance wise, I agree, the AMD 7850 is the better card, however, I would recomend getting one from Saphire or ASUS over XFX, Ive had to many problems with XFX cards overheating.
I love their memory choice, huge fan of Patriot memory, love it.
Power supply, goes back to dont skimp on the power supply. the 430 watt PSU their recomending, while of a good brand, is nowhere near powerful enough for a performance system-especially if your ever planning on running multiple video cards. Go with a good solid, 550-600 watt PSU, unless your planning on running dual cards in the future, then go for a 750-850 watt PSU. I normally recomend Coolermaster, Antec, Corsair, or OCZ power supplies.
Anyway, thats my suggestion-ignore their motherboard/CPU suggestions, your current picks will out do them, keep their memory suggestion, use the AMD card except with Saphire instead of XFX, and use a higher powered PSU.
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.
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