AMD vs Intel at 200 dollar price point

FX 8350 or Intel i5 3570k and why? I admit I was an intel fanboy until I built my new rig with a fx 6300 and have been very impressed. But thinking about giving my mom my 6300 and stepping up to the big cpus. Use: gaming, video editing etc a bit of everything....
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  1. The i5 is better for gaming across the board. Unless somehow you find a game that supports all 8 cores.
    The FX-8350 is better with Photoshop.

    If you live in a place where there's a Microcenter, pick up an i7-3770K for the same as an i5-3570K ($229)
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388575/Core_i7_3770K_35GHz_LGA_1155_Processor

    That will beat both.
  2. Flame war incoming?

    I'll vote for the 3570K because it's faster in single threaded and almost even in multi-threaded when both CPUs are clocked the same. It also uses less power in the proecss.

    The 8350 is a good chip also though. I don't think you would be very disappointed. The thing is, I'm not sure that you would notice that big of a difference from your 6300. If you haven't overclocked it, I would try that.

    What games are you playing?
  3. JD88 said:
    Flame war incoming?

    I'll vote for the 3570K because it's faster in single threaded and almost even in multi-threaded when both CPUs are clocked the same. It also uses less power in the proecss.

    The 8350 is a good chip also though. I don't think you would be very disappointed. The thing is, I'm not sure that you would notice that big of a difference from your 6300. If you haven't overclocked it, I would try that.


    Its not that I am unhappy with the 6300, my mom needs a new build and if I give her mine I can build a new rig:). I play blizz games and want to get in to BF 3/4... Its just that they are soo close in price I am pondering either one. And fml closest micro center is like 500miles from me....


    What games are you playing?
  4. The Intel chip typically does better in Blizzard games and the multiplayer parts of BF3. Can't be sure about BF4 yet. Are you planning on overclocking either one?
  5. This is the AMD build l am looking at.


    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($106.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($142.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1503.08
  6. JD88 said:
    The Intel chip typically does better in Blizzard games and the multiplayer parts of BF3. Can't be sure about BF4 yet. Are you planning on overclocking either one?


    I am a baby overclocker just starting and it is something I will be doing at least down the road. And my budget will be about that 1500 mark.
  7. Check out this build instead:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($200.98 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($106.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($402.38 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1494.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 15:18 EDT-0400)

    The Sabertooth motherboard is overpriced and not worth it.

    The Corsair cooler performs slightly better.

    $150 is a lot to spend on a case and I think the Vengeance looks cleaner. That's subjective though

    You don't really need 850W of power, even if you went SLI graphics.

    I put the money saved towards a 7970 from Sapphire.

    That's one hell of an AMD build right there.

    If you wanted to go Intel, just change out CPU and motherboard for these:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
  8. JD88 said:
    Check out this build instead:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($200.98 @ Newegg)


    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($106.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($402.38 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1494.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 15:18 EDT-0400)

    The Sabertooth motherboard is overpriced and not worth it.

    The Corsair cooler performs slightly better.

    $150 is a lot to spend on a case and I think the Vengeance looks cleaner. That's subjective though

    You don't really need 850W of power, even if you went SLI graphics.

    I put the money saved towards a 7970 from Sapphire.

    That's one hell of an AMD build right there.

    If you wanted to go Intel, just change out CPU and motherboard for these:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)


    Ok the sabertooth has pcie 3.0 wouldnt that be worth it? I like the case you picked out but I have an unhealthy obsession with the one I picked.... is that cooler better then the one I picked?
  9. The cooler is better. Whether or not pcie 3.0 is worth it is pretty subjective. There isn't a card out there right now that can even saturate 2.0.
  10. JD88 said:
    The cooler is better. Whether or not pcie 3.0 is worth it is pretty subjective. There isn't a card out there right now that can even saturate 2.0.


    Pcie 3.0 is Less then subjective it appears saw a couple of videos on YouTube and general consensus is between pcie 1.1 and 3.0 there is less then 5% difference, of course that is all benchmark to benchmark with a GTX 670.... hummm live and learn.
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