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Which CPU should I choose for an upgrade?

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April 7, 2013 4:55:50 AM

Im on a bit of a budget (under $375 for motherboard and cpu, or just a cpu) and I was wondering which is better. The AMD FX-8350 4GHz ($209.99 on best buy), or the Intel - Core i7-3770 3.4GHz ($289.98 on best buy). Also which motherboard do you recommend? Im just wondering because I'm in the processes of upgrading my old machine. I currently have a Biostar n68s3+ motherboard, a AMD Phenom ii x6 1045t 2.7 GHz, 8gigs of ram, a 500gb HDD (7200rpm), a 550 watt PSU, and a EVGA GeForce GTX 650. If there is a better suggestion for upgrades I'm open to any suggestions. Also for what the PC will be doing is playing game like Skyrim and Assassins creed 3. And I also do a lot of cad and 3d modeling work (Autocad, Inventor, Microstation, Maya, and Blender). Thanks.

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April 7, 2013 5:02:05 AM

THe i7 is better, but if you are just going be gaming i would recommend the i5-3570k It is pretty much the i7 without hyper threading. Its one of the best gaming processors on the market.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
Total: $374.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 08:01 EDT-0400)
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April 7, 2013 5:02:39 AM

If gaming is the main thing get a better graphics card instead of CPU.
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April 7, 2013 5:30:57 AM

if you are on a budget there is no one can give you as much value as amd. as you do a lot of 3d modelling it will be better to go with FX8350 followed by a high end nvidia gpu. the cuda cores in the nvidia are very famous and powerful. but amd has been working with a lot of companies lately to make their software run better on their architecture(recently announced a deal with adobe and already bagged a lot of main games titles under the amd gaming evolved tag). so go for FX8350 and save that 80 dollars and spend it to buy a more powerful gpu. i would still prefer nvidia over amd for production. if you have time then please wait a little longer to see with which companies amd are going to work with. if some of them are the publishers of the software you normally use then its vice to chose an amd card. i7 is faster than fx but its better for you to spend that extra money you can save on a gpu. so my choice today will be AMD FX8350+GTX 680/670(from GIGABYTE) and a suitable GIGABYTE motherboard(good value for money too). dont go with what the fan boys say. no matter its amd, intel or nvidia they are all after our wallets, none of them are going to give the loyalty back so just choose wisely. choose a good power supply from corsair/antec/cooler master preferably corsair. i seriously damaged my previous system by opting for a cheaper local power supply and had to pay heavy electricity bills. good luck with your system build.
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