Hi, I am getting anew gaming desktop and I would like some of your advice on it. Firstly, There are two systems which only vary on the processor; one is phenom 9950BE and the other is Q6600, all other components are the same and the total cost is also the same. I would like to know which processor is the better for gaming, I have heard a lot about overclocking but I want to know which is the better processor without any overclock.
Either Q6600 or Phenom 9950BE Radeon 4850 4GB corsair 500GB HD 22 inch asus monitor antec 900 case
The price is £809 for each system on DinoPC Custom build section. +£30 delivery.
there is also an option to upgrade the graphics to a 9800GTX+ 512MB that I have read about and is marginally better than the 4850 but about £24 more. Is this card worth it for the extra cost? Or does it not really give any noticeable increase in gaming performance?
Also there is an option to pair the radeon card with the 9950BE and the Q6600 with the 9800GTX+ and whether that would be worth doing. I hear radeon cards work better on an AMD system.
So which system will give best performance and why?
15th February 2008
I've only seen a bit of what you looked at since I have to go. I was wondering since you're interested in the Q6600 you should check this system out.
It doesn't come with a monitor however, but performs like a beast. It's also overclocked, and holds a rather nice 8800GT 512mb PCI express GPU. If you don't like the feel of that, you could maybe ask for a change and have a more advanced GPU such as the 9 Series. Whatever takes your liking.
With this system you will save money, a lot of money. Although, if you pick my option some of the richness for example the Monitor you're going to miss.
This is currently the system I'm ready to purchase once it becomes available. I've been told its a pretty neat system, and runs crysis, call of duty 4 and other games like assassin's creed on high settings with a decent fps.
That is actually very similar system to mine, obviously the q6700 slightly better, but obviously i need a monitor so I have balanced the cost of my system accordingly. If your after an 8800GT I think you should consider the 8800GTS because the GTS model is significantly better and is even more future proof. I'll be wanting to run games like red alert 3, dawn of war 2 and supreme commander that will put a huge load on the ram and cpu. What I'm really after though is someone who knows whether a phenom 9950BE is any good or not.
23rd October 2007
IMO, AMD Stopped being good along time ago. Quads aren't mean't to be used for gaming. and the 8800GTS G92 512MB is 2% faster then the 8800GT 512MB, only the 8800GT overclocks better for some sus reason. If you want a gaming machine get a high end Dual Core, it'll smash the quads when it comes to gaming...Whats better, 4.0GHz OC'd E8400, or 3GHz OC'd Q9950
I knew someone would come on and tell me the core 2 duo's were better than the quads. Happens on every thread I read. However this is a gaming machine looking forward about 6 months or so when perhaps games start to incorporate more cores. But as I said i'm not going into overclocking, but i'll take what you said onboard and its 1 for the Q6600.
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
It's now 2. In a year or so a quad will outperform a dual-core. It depends how often you upgrade. If you're likely to be keeping that CPU for 2-3 years, stick with a quad.
Asus P5K (Intel P35 chipset, Crossfire)- MOTHERBOARD FOR INTEL.
I am getting a quad core regarless, its amd or intel or is 9800gtx+ worth it.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
Get an Intel then. If nothing else, the socket is likely more future proof. Besides, the Intels are ahead of the game right now plus they overclock extremely well.
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
Oblivious;4589267Get an Intel then. If nothing else, the socket is likely more future proof.
Not with the i7s on the way. :p
I would die without GF
8th October 2006
Not with the i7s on the way.
Do you know when they're coming out?