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June 12, 2013 6:12:25 PM

If anyone could break it down for me? I cant ever find any none one sided arguments from people that are probably just brand loyal. I am currently between AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core and Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core. Its been really frusteraiting deciding between the two and I had given up and just went with Intel Core i7-4770K, however someone just suggested I switch the processors.

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June 12, 2013 6:16:01 PM

The FX-8350 is lower quality, but has more cores. It will only defeat the 4770k in terms of hardcore rendering, since it has eight cores as opposed to four. In fact, unless you're rendering, even the 4670k will perform just as well as the 4770k.
Depending on what you're doing, it' different. If you're only doing gaming, just get the 4670k with Z87. If you're going to be rendering as well, get the FX-8350 with 990FX chipset, for better OC'ing.
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June 12, 2013 6:17:59 PM

Both are great processors.

I would suggest you stay with the 4770K. Its single-threaded performance outperforms the FX, its multithreaded does haswell :p  If you have the money, there's no reason to get the FX. If you're on a tighter budget, I would get either the FX, the 3570K or the 4670K, they're all are great. At that lower price range, the FX is better multithreaded but the Intels are better single-threaded.

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June 12, 2013 6:19:05 PM

Can you afford the i7-4770K? If so, then keep it as it's faster than the FX-8350. Cost would be the main reason to consider switching.
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June 12, 2013 6:19:36 PM

As far as gaming goes how do those two size up? I will be doing a fair amount of rendering, but that will be more for my work from home time haha. It will be a 70 percent just gaming computer.
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June 12, 2013 6:21:09 PM

I CAN afford it, but if I am mainly wondering because now consoles will have a similar cpu, games would then be optimized for AMD processors no?
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June 12, 2013 6:24:57 PM

RoboThompson said:
I CAN afford it, but if I am mainly wondering because now consoles will have a similar cpu, games would then be optimized for AMD processors no?


Consoles now have eight-core AMD processors, similar to the FX-8350. The 4770k would outperform it, but not necessarily in terms of rendering; also, it is much more money.
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June 12, 2013 6:29:41 PM

GEHH life is hard! I still haven't come to a clear choice. on a 1700 budget would you just got for an i7?
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June 12, 2013 6:31:39 PM

RoboThompson said:
GEHH life is hard! I still haven't come to a clear choice. on a 1700 budget would you just got for an i7?


On that budget, I would go for the 8350 or a 4670k so that you can have the extra money for a better GPU.
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June 12, 2013 6:34:14 PM

Why not the 4670K do you really need the Hyper threading in the 4770K? Are you going to do a ton of video rendering? If not go i5 4670K...or even i5 3570K which trumps the 8350 in basically everything but video rendering
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June 12, 2013 6:56:44 PM

I am doing small amount of video rendering on it, but when I do i REALLY dont want to feel like i paid almost 2 grand for slowness. Also in my build im getting a gtx 780 so i dont need more money for a better gpu. I just want to know if I get the 8350, will I regret that decision in 2 years or will it by like an i7 and be pretty solid for around 5 to 6 years?
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June 12, 2013 6:59:45 PM

RoboThompson said:
I am doing small amount of video rendering on it, but when I do i REALLY dont want to feel like i paid almost 2 grand for slowness. Also in my build im getting a gtx 780 so i dont need more money for a better gpu. I just want to know if I get the 8350, will I regret that decision in 2 years or will it by like an i7 and be pretty solid for around 5 to 6 years?


Almost NO processor will be "solid" for 5-6 years, especially at the rate at which technology increases. It is indubitable that you would be best off with a 4770k; the problem is just the price.
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June 12, 2013 7:01:30 PM

Then I'd say the i7 4770K, cost more more, but if you 8350 tou'd be saying the same thing about everything else, and I think the 4770K renders as fast or faster then the 8350. The 8350 didn't beat the 3770K by much and most testing was done at stock speeds, with those two the 3770K OCs much higher/better and can also huse more and higher freq DRAM which will help you there also
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June 12, 2013 7:04:00 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Then I'd say the i7 4770K, cost more more, but if you 8350 tou'd be saying the same thing about everything else, and I think the 4770K renders as fast or faster then the 8350. The 8350 didn't beat the 3770K by much and most testing was done at stock speeds, with those two the 3770K OCs much higher/better and can also huse more and higher freq DRAM which will help you there also


The frequency in RAM makes almost no difference. I have never seen a computer with 1333 RAM boot slower (with the same other specs) than a computer with 1866 RAM. Also, the 4770k doesn't OC very well.
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June 12, 2013 7:05:27 PM

Man my current i3 530 is still pretty solid right now haha, what chu talkin about. Price is a non factor for me so I shall stick with the 4770k thanks my friends!
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June 12, 2013 7:06:58 PM

RoboThompson said:
Man my current i3 530 is still pretty solid right now haha, what chu talkin about. Price is a non factor for me so I shall stick with the 4770k thanks my friends!


But of course! ;) 
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June 12, 2013 7:13:27 PM

Glad to help, let us know how it all goes
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June 12, 2013 8:08:58 PM

C U ;) 
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June 13, 2013 6:16:27 AM

If you haven't already gone out and bought your parts, I would advise you to leave Haswell where it is. If you're intent on getting an Intel CPU, which there's nothing wrong with, Get Ivy Bridge, like a 3770K or one of the 6 core ones. This is purely because Haswell is essentially the same processor with a shinier price tag. I'm not saying there are no improvements because there are, I'm just stating that it would eb a better idea to go with IB, both because of the performance and the fact that the prices will be going down upon Haswell's release.
If the whole thing is still open to debate, I would recommend going with AMD, like the 8350 or wait until the 9000 series are out. Partly because of the price, partly because there is almost no difference in the gaming performance, and certainly not one that you'll notice without a frame counter open, and mainly because you will need to keep upgrading every so often and it would be a better idea to go with the company that sticks to one socket type for a while and doesn't swap with every generation. Let us know
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