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FX8320+7950 or i5 3570k+7870XT?

The FX8320 is $50 cheaper at microcenter, so I can invest that $50 in a 7950 card. I'm trying to keep this build for 4 years without upgrading.

Here's my Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNWD-N1502UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($58.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $893.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 19:16 EDT-0400)


AMD Build:

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CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($170.22 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNWD-N1502UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($58.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 19:18 EDT-0400)

(Haven't really researched which 7950 to get, so that would be a help too. Also critique my build while you're at it?)
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  1. You will see bigger real world gains with the 7950. The difference between cpu's is minimal. Intel is faster but the difference between the 7870 and 7950 is greater. SLI and XFIRE benefit more from an Intel CPU.
  2. He is talking about the 7870XT edition. It is basically a 7930. There will not be a huge difference between the GPU's. They will both max all current games no problem.
  3. Intel build. The the 7870 XT is almost as good as the 7950. You can overclock it and then they will be the same. With the intel build, you can upgrade the gpu later on. With the FX build, you will see a bottleneck unless games start utilizing more cores.
  4. Im an AMD fan boy so i would choose them everytime :-\
  5. sub7forhire said:
    Im an AMD fan boy so i would choose them everytime :-\


    lesson: dont listen to fanboys because they are biased
  6. Best answer
    Get the 7870XT. The 7870XT is almost as good and is basically a crippled 7970. You'll be able to play most games smoothly on both of those cards, and the 7870XT is cheaper. Also, did you notice that these processors both have unlocked multipliers and would benefit from a good cooler, if you are planning to overclock? If you are not planning to overclock, you could replace the 3570K with a 3350P.
  7. Or you could get an i5 3470/i5 3550p w/and H77 board and still get the 7950... which would still perform better than the 8320 by a large margin.
  8. krthush V2 said:


    Quote:
    lesson: dont listen to fanboys because they are biased


    AMD Eight-Core vs i5 every time. Seems too biased.

    All of them AMD fanboys
  9. krthush V2 said:


    At the cost of your rising electricity bill maybe. I've got nothing against AMD or Intel, but AMD tends to have a higher TDP. (What do you expect, 8 cores) Even the quadcore FX has a 95W TDP.
    8 cores are not very useful yet for playing most games, and a quadcore will do the job. If you don't want to overclock, I highly recommend the non-overclockable i5-3350P. Only 300MHz slower (hardly relevant) and has no integrated Intel Media Decelator graphics.
  10. The i5-3570K would be wasted if you are not overclocking. If you want to overclock then get a good cooler like the Hyper 212. Otherwise there is no reason to buy the 3570K because you can save $40 and buy a non-overclockable 3350P instead which is only 300MHz slower and does not have integrated graphics but that won't matter because you are using dedicated graphics anyway.
  11. krthush V2 said:

    Ok i understand how the fx 8350 can beat the intel ones in streaming because it can use all the cores. But i call bs on the metro 2033 benchmark. I played at 1080p and I got more than 20 fps using a 2500k. Dunno what settings he has on though

    Also if what this guy says is true, then all of the other sites are lying or they have bad testing methods
  12. sub7forhire said:
    Im an AMD fan boy so i would choose them everytime :-\


    Troll?
  13. It's the 3570k or go home. There's a current CPU/MOBO combo deal at microcenter. The 3570k/Pro4 comes out $250. And the 3470 with a mobo comes out $250. I'm not getting that particurlar sapphire card since it's out of stock, I'm getting the powercolor 7870 myst edition. Which I believe is the same. And I'm overclocking in a year or two, since it's not needed right now. Okay, thanks to your input, I'll be going with the Intel build. Thanks a lot.
  14. Nice, good luck with your build, if you are overclocking get a good cooler :D

    Cheers

    Matsushima
  15. Ok... Fine, don't trust the benchmarks from both of those people :S, pretty sure Linus and Logan are very legit though (far more reputable than anyone on these forums by a large margin). Yes, FX8350 vs i5 3570k? whats wrong with that?! they are both around the same price, actually the FX 8350 is cheaper lol, whats wrong with comparing a cheaper CPU vs the i5?
  16. krthush V2 said:
    Ok... Fine, don't trust the benchmarks from both of those people :S, pretty sure Linus and Logan are very legit though (far more reputable than anyone on these forums by a large margin). Yes, FX8350 vs i5 3570k? whats wrong with that?! they are both around the same price, actually the FX 8350 is cheaper lol, whats wrong with comparing a cheaper CPU vs the i5?

    I don't know that guy, he isn't Linus Korvalds and the other guy seems like an AMD fanboy
    What about the benchmarks at Tom's Hardware for gaming CPUs? have you checked those?http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-frame-rate-performance,3427.html
    There's nothing wrong, you were just being a bit of a fanboy. I would like to restate that the 3570K draws less power and is cooler and most games still do not utilise all 8 cores. However the 8350's absurd 4GHz clock and 8 cores would provide a cheap alternative to the 3770/3770K for moving encoding/CPU heavy tasks.
  17. Matsushima said:
    krthush V2 said:


    At the cost of your rising electricity bill maybe. I've got nothing against AMD or Intel, but AMD tends to have a higher TDP. (What do you expect, 8 cores) Even the quadcore FX has a 95W TDP.
    8 cores are not very useful yet for playing most games, and a quadcore will do the job. If you don't want to overclock, I highly recommend the non-overclockable i5-3350P. Only 300MHz slower (hardly relevant) and has no integrated Intel Media Decelator graphics.


    That extra bit of watts ain't going to do much.

    It will only be $2-3 more per year and it will pay itself off 15 or more years vs a 8320(all stock)
  18. boulbox said:
    Matsushima said:
    krthush V2 said:


    At the cost of your rising electricity bill maybe. I've got nothing against AMD or Intel, but AMD tends to have a higher TDP. (What do you expect, 8 cores) Even the quadcore FX has a 95W TDP.
    8 cores are not very useful yet for playing most games, and a quadcore will do the job. If you don't want to overclock, I highly recommend the non-overclockable i5-3350P. Only 300MHz slower (hardly relevant) and has no integrated Intel Media Decelator graphics.


    That extra bit of watts ain't going to do much.

    It will only be $2-3 more per year and it will pay itself off 15 or more years vs a 8320(all stock)


    I'm not an Intel fanboy. But the benchmarks...
    And 77W vs 125W. Which one overclocks better?

    Ok ok, the OP said he was going Intel but FX is also as good. It just depends on your purpose. Hope I haven't angered any fanboys.
  19. I being a fan boy?! LoLoL.. (I have a an i7 3770k, I used openly tell people to get the i5 3570k) but I see times are changing, games are being very good at optimizing all cores, hence the new FX- 8350 (you haven't even got it on your benchmark you linked) are just better to go with.

    All I've heard you say is "YOU GUYS ARE ALL FAN BOYS, but yet I'm not going to provide any solid evidence my self and just keep calling you fan boys!!!!!"

    Tom's haven't done any new stuff on the FX-8350s, anyways as I said gaming are only going to get better at using all cores -> good to have the 6ish core FX-8350 over the more expensive i5...

    I found some semi-old benchmarks, and they still have very good results for the FX-8350, but as said, software is constantly improving to favor the FX-8350:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=701
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-core-i7-3770k-gaming-bottleneck,3407-9.html

    But w/e bro.. your still just gonna call me a Fanboy :D
  20. Fair Enough
    Look, all I'm saying is that they are better for different things, and in this case the 3570K is better value and I've got nothing against AMD you know. And the FX-8350 WAS in the benchmarks below... Both processors are of EQUAL OR SIMILAR merit, so it's not like the 3570K was the worst decision ever.

    Comparing the Intel to Bulldozer, however would be a different story.

    If that isn't solid evidence, then you shouldn't be on this forum, since it's the website that made the benches!
  21. Fine, ye there isn't going to be huge difference anyways ^^ I'll stop now, the OP has chosen i5 as there is some deal anyways :D
  22. krthush V2 said:
    Fine, ye there isn't going to be huge difference anyways ^^ I'll stop now, the OP has chosen i5 as there is some deal anyways :D


    Good Good this thread is solved and has gone on long enough.
  23. boulbox said:
    Matsushima said:
    krthush V2 said:


    At the cost of your rising electricity bill maybe. I've got nothing against AMD or Intel, but AMD tends to have a higher TDP. (What do you expect, 8 cores) Even the quadcore FX has a 95W TDP.
    8 cores are not very useful yet for playing most games, and a quadcore will do the job. If you don't want to overclock, I highly recommend the non-overclockable i5-3350P. Only 300MHz slower (hardly relevant) and has no integrated Intel Media Decelator graphics.


    That extra bit of watts ain't going to do much.

    It will only be $2-3 more per year and it will pay itself off 15 or more years vs a 8320(all stock)


    actually, the video you linked says that the fx 8350 will cost about $10 more per year in electricity if you use it 3 hours everyday on load.
  24. Azn Cracker said:
    boulbox said:
    Matsushima said:
    krthush V2 said:


    At the cost of your rising electricity bill maybe. I've got nothing against AMD or Intel, but AMD tends to have a higher TDP. (What do you expect, 8 cores) Even the quadcore FX has a 95W TDP.
    8 cores are not very useful yet for playing most games, and a quadcore will do the job. If you don't want to overclock, I highly recommend the non-overclockable i5-3350P. Only 300MHz slower (hardly relevant) and has no integrated Intel Media Decelator graphics.


    That extra bit of watts ain't going to do much.

    It will only be $2-3 more per year and it will pay itself off 15 or more years vs a 8320(all stock)


    actually, the video you linked says that the fx 8350 will cost about $10 more per year in electricity if you use it 3 hours everyday on load.


    Times are changing for the 8350/8320. They are starting to get better at efficiency.


  25. Look... just let this die, the op is going with the i5 anyways, we aren't gonna change that... no point just bumping the thread ^^ As mat said, this thread is solved.. its just turning into a big debate (there are places else for that big FX 8350 vs i5 arguement :D)
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