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Around 1000€ August 2013 System: AMD FX-8350 vs Intel Core i5 - First Time Builder

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August 25, 2013 5:04:04 AM

Hello. I want opinions about my component list for two systems with the following specs, and which one to choose:

AMD Based:

PCPartPicker List: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1w1vz

CPU: AMD FX-8350
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
Case: Fractal Design Define R4

Intel Based:

PCPartPicker List: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1w1sq

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155
Case: BitFenix Prodigy

The rest of the build is similar for both systems:

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance 120mm
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM
SSD: Samsung 840 Series Pro 128GB 2.5 inch
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB Vapox-X Graphics Card
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE

Note: I live in Portugal, so please before sending your opinions, convert GBP to EUR.

Thank you for your time.

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August 25, 2013 5:08:36 AM

performance per clock and efficiency wise the i5 wins everytime, have you considered the haswell based i5's ? the 4670k?
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August 25, 2013 5:11:23 AM

If you are getting a K-series unlocked I5 then get a Z77 chipset, otherwise you can not OC...

Also the H60 is junk, get an air cooler for the same price and it will be MUCH better.

Its also always better to go low profile RAM as those fins do nothing and hinders many coolers.
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August 25, 2013 5:13:01 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
performance per clock and efficiency wise the i5 wins everytime, have you considered the haswell based i5's ? the 4670k?


No I haven't, is there a big increase in performance justifying the price difference?
August 25, 2013 5:14:27 AM

Novuake said:
If you are getting a K-series unlocked I5 then get a Z77 chipset, otherwise you can not OC...


Thankk you for the advice, I will get a Z77 chip if I decide going for the Intel build.
August 25, 2013 5:15:17 AM

Novuake said:
If you are getting a K-series unlocked I5 then get a Z77 chipset, otherwise you can not OC...

Also the H60 is junk, get an air cooler for the same price and it will be MUCH better.

Its also always better to go low profile RAM as those fins do nothing and hinders many coolers.


Tanks again for the tips.
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August 25, 2013 5:36:16 AM

Its only a 13% performance increase, with a little less power consumption and heat generation, get it if the price difference is not that much :)  otherwise stick with ivy bridge.
August 25, 2013 5:45:03 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Its only a 13% performance increase, with a little less power consumption and heat generation, get it if the price difference is not that much :)  otherwise stick with ivy bridge.


I was checking the price and i think it's worth it to go with Haswell, thank you very much for the suggestion.

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Here you go, a similarly priced haswell based rig :) 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£182.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£53.05 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z87I Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£104.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£73.19 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£190.97 @ Dabs)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (£64.34 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.25 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£16.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £855.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 13:44 BST+0100)

For £5 more, heres a wifi enabled board (that is if you need wifi):
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...
August 25, 2013 5:47:25 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Here you go, a similarly priced haswell based rig :) 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£182.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£53.05 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z87I Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£104.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£73.19 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£190.97 @ Dabs)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (£64.34 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£58.25 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£16.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £855.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 13:44 BST+0100)

For £5 more, heres a wifi enabled board (that is if you need wifi):
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...


Thank you, do you think I can keep the 7950 instead of the 760?
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August 25, 2013 8:31:43 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Its only a 13% performance increase, with a little less power consumption and heat generation, get it if the price difference is not that much :)  otherwise stick with ivy bridge.


Its 7% in SYNTHETIC benchmarks, any gaming, no difference.
August 25, 2013 8:41:04 AM

Just one last thing, which CPU cooler is better?

Corsair H80i

or

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer

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