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July 19, 2013 6:26:15 PM

hello, i am building a gaming PC, and i am stuck on the CPU. should i go with an i5 3570k or an FX 8320? my budget is $1000 but i am only willing to spend $600-$700 and the GPU will be an asus geforce GTX 760. will the CPU really make that much of a difference in gaming? any help will be appreciated.

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July 19, 2013 6:29:02 PM

the i5 will put up a couple more FPS, not a game changing amount in my opinion.
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July 19, 2013 6:30:02 PM

someguy827 said:
hello, i am building a gaming PC, and i am stuck on the CPU. should i go with an i5 3570k or an FX 8320? my budget is $1000 but i am only willing to spend $600-$700 and the GPU will be an asus geforce GTX 760. will the CPU really make that much of a difference in gaming? any help will be appreciated.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Depends on the game. Just about any i5 will do. Go heavy on GPU, RAM and SSD.
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July 19, 2013 6:32:30 PM

intel i have it and its a good processor and its way better for gaming look it up. best solution is handy
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July 19, 2013 6:34:24 PM

Will you be overclocking? I would assume so, but if not, go for the i5 3350p, or perhaps the 3470.

If you are overclocking, the 3570k would be better, because Intel (usually) gets larger returns on overclocking than AMD's CPUs.

That being said, I would personally go for the FX 8320. Reason being is that the AM3+ socket isn't dead, so you still have an upgrade route available in the form of Steamroller, whereas the LGA 1155 socket is completely dead, with your only upgrade option being an i7, which offers little extra performance over the i5, or a new motherboard for a newer family. The FX 8320 is cheaper than an i5, and Steamroller CPUs aren't likely to be much more expensive. You won't need to buy a new motherboard for a Piledriver CPU either, probably.

Additionally, programs are soon likely to be more highly-threaded, making the 8 cores extremely attractive.
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July 19, 2013 6:57:11 PM

Well I don't plan to overclock, I just want a reliable processor to be paired up with an Asus GeForce GTX 760 and run Crysis 3 at at least 30FPS.
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July 19, 2013 7:07:01 PM

If you're playing Crysis 3, I'd say that the FX 8320 is definitely the better choice. Crysis 3 likes to use as many cores as are available, and so having 8 cores instead of the i5's 4 cores will be beneficial to you. Battlefield 3 is also a game that likes more cores.

The i5 3350p/3470/3570(non-k) would still be a good choice though - just don't buy the "k" version if you're not planning to overclock, as there is no point.



The i5 2500k is what you should be looking at for i5 performance. As you can see, the FX 8350 out-runs it (your FX 8320 will be slightly slower than the FX 8350, obviously). The i7 also works great, but they're twice the price of an FX 8350, so it's barely worth it.
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July 19, 2013 7:09:25 PM

Will all next gen games benefit of more cores?
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July 19, 2013 7:11:14 PM

someguy827 said:
Will all next gen games benefit of more cores?


Not all, but no doubt many. Battlefield 4 will probably be able to utilize 8 cores. It's hard to tell, to be honest, but since Xbox One and the PS4 both use 8-core processors, it's likely that the developers will code the games to utilize 8 cores on desktop PCs. This all depends on what the developers do though.
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July 19, 2013 7:29:15 PM

Well we don't know what the future holds, so ill just go with the 8320, just to be safe. Thanks for all your help.
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July 19, 2013 7:30:56 PM

No worries, mate.
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