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August 16, 2013 4:25:07 PM

I'm working on building my first gaming pc and i want to use a GEforce GTX 760 as my main graphics card (great price, great benchmarks) and i am wondering whats the cheapest cpu to get that has the power to keep up with the gpu without causing it to bottleneck and lose effective power.

Current build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/reaperofskil/saved/2bFv
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August 16, 2013 4:28:52 PM

I would say the i5-3350P
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August 16, 2013 4:29:00 PM

FX 6300

EDIT: Oh, it's an Intel build...

Well, the 3350p is probably about right...though that's a good $60 more than the FX 6300 which is $110.
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August 16, 2013 5:46:48 PM

8350rocks said:
FX 6300

EDIT: Oh, it's an Intel build...

Well, the 3350p is probably about right...though that's a good $60 more than the FX 6300 which is $110.


you mention its an intel build like its inferior to AMD; care to clarify?
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August 16, 2013 6:06:21 PM

An Intel build isn't necessarily inferior. AMD rig would have a better $/performance. I personally would go this route. That PSU you picked is probably pushing your luck on wattage a bit. Was able to get you faster ram for less than what you chose. Promo and combo will make the TX 650 I chose cheaper than that Rosewill PSU. The GPU I chose is clocked higher and costs less. Also FX 8320 can overclock and the 3350p is very limited in this regard. 1155 Ivy is a dead end and 1150 Haswell costs even more than Ivy for very little performance gain. AM3+ is getting at least one more CPU line.

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August 16, 2013 6:26:58 PM

The problem that your facing is your budget and when trying to build a gaming rig on a low budget you can't get an Intel CPU that will be good enough because they cost so much. So your forced to look at AMD which has a lot cheaper CPUs and you can get an eight core for under two hundred dollars and a six core for even less.
The Intel CPU that you really should get for a gaming rig is the i5-4670k (Haswell) but it will cost you $220 and even the i5-3570k is still $220 and that's the Ivy Bridge model that's been out for a while.
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August 16, 2013 6:42:55 PM

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An Intel build isn't necessarily inferior. AMD rig would have a better $/performance. I personally would go this route. That PSU you picked is probably pushing your luck on wattage a bit. Was able to get you faster ram for less than what you chose. Promo and combo will make the TX 650 I chose cheaper than that Rosewill PSU. The GPU I chose is clocked higher and costs less. Also FX 8320 can overclock and the 3350p is very limited in this regard. 1155 Ivy is a dead end and 1150 Haswell costs even more than Ivy for very little performance gain. AM3+ is getting at least one more CPU line.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sOlH


i come in here expecting a simple solution and get much more info than what i expected. after looking at the amd processor mentioned and the benchmarks i see a massive difference in the CPU/% for amds versus intels and i will re-do my build accordingly. as for my wattage, well according to pcpartpicker i was fine with that but with a new cpu i will have a little more money to spend on a higher wattage. great answer and now im closer to knowing what i will be aiming for cyber monday.

edit: i notice that in your build you use a zotac brand gpu, any particular reason for that other than it being cheaper than the other 760's?
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August 17, 2013 6:43:18 AM

It was cheaper and clocked higher. I have used Zotac cards in the past and they are pretty good. I actually still have a GT 240 that resides in a spare rig used for WoW when friends come over. I used to have 2 of them but sold one to another friend that needed a cheap GPU for his WoW rig.
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