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June 15, 2013 11:08:33 PM

Hello all, I am planning on building a gaming rig soon, and was wondering if I could get any advice or suggestions on the two build lists I've mapped out. I need to keep my price under $1,100 and try to keep the cases and CPU coolers on the builds. My problem is I can't decide between the build with AMD 8350 or the Intel i5-4330. I like the looks and price of both builds, just can't decide performance-wise. This is where you come in, all.

Intel Build:
PCPartPicker part list|Price breakdown by merchant|Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($56.03 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($354.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Azza Spartan CSAZ-102E ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.25 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.54 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1089.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

AMD Build:
PCPartPicker part list|Price breakdown by merchant|Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS11X Extreme CPU Cooler ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($303.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.92 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.54 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1029.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

As I said before, I need to stay below $1,100 US, and CPU coolers and cases are preferences. Thanks, all! :) 
June 15, 2013 11:13:36 PM

Couldn't you go with a 660ti in the intel build and replace the 4430 with a 4670k? Anyway for gaming the Intel build you posted will be superior because of the faster GPU.
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June 15, 2013 11:16:02 PM

If you're not going with Z77 or Z87 ("gaming" Intel bridges), then you might as well just go with the AMD build.

Why do you want such an expensive CPU cooler? You could get a CM 212 EVO or Gemin II S524 for much cheaper and they're both AMAZING! :) 

Why don't you try to get a 700 series GPU? :D 

And those are my questions/input.
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June 15, 2013 11:17:02 PM

SlitWeaver said:
If you're not going with Z77 or Z87 ("gaming" Intel bridges), then you might as well just go with the AMD build.

Why do you want such an expensive CPU cooler? You could get a CM 212 EVO or Gemin II S524 for much cheaper and they're both AMAZING! :) 

Why don't you try to get a 700 series GPU? :D 

And those are my questions/input.


Z77 and Z87 are OVERCLOCKING motherboards and have nothing to do with gaming pal.
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June 15, 2013 11:19:42 PM

Gaming, overclocking, it's all the same buddy ;) 
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June 15, 2013 11:21:46 PM

SlitWeaver said:
Gaming, overclocking, it's all the same buddy ;) 


Don't make me laugh.
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June 15, 2013 11:26:33 PM

aatje92 said:
Don't make me laugh.
Well that's the general idea :p 

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June 15, 2013 11:33:01 PM

SlitWeaver said:
aatje92 said:
Don't make me laugh.
Well that's the general idea :p 



No it's not, OVerclocking is overclocking and gaming is gaming.
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June 15, 2013 11:34:26 PM

If he's going to drop $1000, he might as well overclock. Why buy the best of the best just to use it at stock?
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June 15, 2013 11:39:34 PM

SlitWeaver said:
If he's going to drop $1000, he might as well overclock. Why buy the best of the best just to use it at stock?

Alot of people don't want to overclock, they just run at stock speeds. They could still be gaming though, and spend 1000$ on a build or more. So i don't see your point.
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June 15, 2013 11:44:54 PM

See, to me, that just seems ridiculous. Call me old fashoined for thinking if you're going to spend $1000 on something you sohuld at least know the ends and outs of it and toy round with it instead of just plug-in, do nothing, and go! :p  But no point in arguing about it, back to the subject.

Are you still there Eastside G?
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June 16, 2013 12:13:04 AM

For gaming go AMD if you are on a budget, Intel if you have the money. Thats the very short version.

If gaming is your only concern and you plan to OC you can't beat the FX-6300 OC. If your not OC than I would recommend the 4350. The 8 Core cpu's just aren't being fully utilized (nor are 6core, but the 6300 is usually cheaper than the 4350 and both have 8mb L3 cache, while the 4300 has less L3 cache)

For intel I haven't looked into the haswell lineup too much so I can't make recommendations but I am sure someone else here can.
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June 16, 2013 8:25:53 AM

Yes I am still here guys, I'm just soaking up the info. So far, I should downgrade my CPU to a 6300 in the AMD build, and go for a better motherboard in the Intel build. I don't really plan on OC'ing because I've never done it before and kinda skwirmish about corruption of the CPU... Also, the CPU coolers should be downgraded, good call, and thanks for the other examples, those should do fine. I originally picked them because of looks and not for performance :p  Also, in the AMD go for a better GPU. Thanks for all the input and suggestions guys I greatly appreciate it. If you guys have any advice in regards to overclocking and steps and procedures I should take in doing so, that would be great! I guess I could push my boundaries a little and go for a little overclock :) 
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June 16, 2013 9:36:20 AM

Here's my updated AMD build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Gemin II S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.92 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.54 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1051.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Up next is my Intel build, once I do a little bit more research. Thanks for all your input and suggestions guys on the AMD build, keep 'em coming for Intel build if you will :) 
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June 16, 2013 9:46:01 AM

Quick update- switch video card to a Gigabyte 770 to save a little moolah
I also made a few tweaks to the intel build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Gemin II S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($262.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Azza Spartan CSAZ-102E ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.25 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.54 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $968.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Please if you will, keep the suggestions coming :) 
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June 16, 2013 10:55:37 AM

One thing I must ask though, what kinda mobo should I be looking at for low to medium OC'ing? I would like t keep it around 140-150 if possible lower :) 
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June 16, 2013 11:06:14 AM

aatje92 said:
SlitWeaver said:
If you're not going with Z77 or Z87 ("gaming" Intel bridges), then you might as well just go with the AMD build.

Why do you want such an expensive CPU cooler? You could get a CM 212 EVO or Gemin II S524 for much cheaper and they're both AMAZING! :) 
Why don't you try to get a 700 series GPU? :D 

And those are my questions/input.


Z77 and Z87 are OVERCLOCKING motherboards and have nothing to do with gaming pal.

Actually, going back to at least the socket 775 board, they were all OCing boards as long as the BiOS was unlocked

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