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June 9, 2013 12:13:56 AM

Hey guys

I've been wanting to get into pc gaming for A LONG TIME now and I finally have the chance to. I've been doing my research and looking at benchmarks and reviews and I thought that I was dead set on an Intel based build. However I recently began looking at what AMD has to offer as far as cpus go.

Ultimately I came up with two builds (one AMD one Intel) and I was looking for advice as to which one I should go for ($900 budget).

Along with that any comments/advice on my decisions on parts would be greatly appreciated. Is my system solid? could I do better for the price? Feel free to tell me

Intel build:
CPU: i5-3350P Ivy bridge @ 3.1GHz

RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 8gb

GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 7850 2GB

MOBO: ASRock Z75 pro3

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650

CASE: Antec Sonata Proto Black
0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM

CD/DVD burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

OS: windows 7

Wireless Card: D-Link DWA-548 Wireless N300 Desktop Adapter

AMD build:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz

GPU: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB


RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3

CASE: same as Intel build

HDD: same as Intel Build

OS: win 7

Network card: same as Intel Build

Power Supply: Same as Intel Build

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June 9, 2013 6:37:41 AM

vdeckerv said:
if you're on a budget you cant beat the amd cpu prices especially if you can save a little $$ to put towards the better gpu. I would also recommend adding in an aftermarket heatsink for the cpu, this one is popular

Thanks, I'll definitely keep that fan in mind. what do you think of the rest of the system? I am aware that Intel does perform better than AMD so should I worry about bottleneck between CPU and GPU? I know that the fx-6300 I choose is a six core but I haven't kept up with AMD's technology progression in awhile so a lot of my perception is definitely affected by all the really hardcore fan-boys trashing AMD
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June 9, 2013 11:14:45 AM

your amd build will be best value but there will be a performance boost with intel . i use an fx 4100 and get most games playable .
September 6, 2013 4:20:51 AM

Your best bet would be to go for the AMD build since the 3350 i5 is as powerful as the 6300.Also with the AMD build you will be able to get a better GPU(It's a great GPU.I have it)Overall the AMD build has a better price/performance ratio but the Intel build would be about 5% better max.{*Only 5% better because this i5 isn't the best i5 and it doesn't have the performance of the top of the line i5(3570k,4670k)}
September 6, 2013 8:09:39 AM

*plus one* to the AMD build. I have a 6100 and a 7950 and i can fly with it. I'm playing Crysis 3 on "very high" except on some parts where i tweak shadows and objects to "high" to save some FPS.

I you could go for an FX-8350, that would be a smart choice, since close-future games are using more threads.

Hope it helps.