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August 31, 2013 5:52:05 PM

Hi there,

Working on my gaming rig and not looking for an AMD vs Intel war just after advice on CPU choice for a gaming rig.

The CPU's in question are the AMD FX 8350 (will be overclocked) and the INTEL I7 3770K (Might be overclocked)

Could anyone please advise me as to which would be a better choice taking into account the best SAFE overclocking performance that can be gained with either, future proofing, non overclocking performance comparisons etc.

Have been basically running around in circles with this choice and unsure which route to proceed with.

(GPU to be used in the PC is a Gigabyte GEforce GTX 670 2gb)

Thanks in advance.
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August 31, 2013 6:00:03 PM

My vote would be for the 8350, mainly due to its longevity, 8 cores will last you LONG into the future, and can overclock nicely. Im no master on things like that, but that is my vote, and what I have seen.
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August 31, 2013 6:26:30 PM

For a gaming rig - no real need to go up to the 3770K, the 3570K outruns the 8350 clock for clock in everything but video rendering - if you spend the extra for the 3770K it outruns the 8350 clock for clock in Everything
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August 31, 2013 6:43:10 PM

Running an 8350 @ 4.7ghz and I couldn't be happier! And I am not even done pushing it! IMO, this cpu is a smart choice for anyone considering its price/performance, especially when you account for the overclocking potential.

OP, to answer your question, you can't go wrong either way. Determine your budget, and go from there. You will be satisfied with either choice.
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August 31, 2013 6:43:29 PM

I will add that in terms of future-proofing, nothing is future-proof. With that said, the 3770k is End of Life'd and was replaced with the 4770k which is 10% faster but needs the 1150 socket rather than the 1155. You can compare the two here and here.

You should note that the 4770k will save you electrictiy vs the 3770k as well. That aside, the 3770K is already a better option vs the 8350 for the reasons highlighted earlier (better performance clock for clock) but it is cheaper.
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August 31, 2013 7:55:59 PM

And as GamerDad said, there is no future proofing, the next gen of CPUs will not only have new chipsets available to them but will also run DDR4 DRAM
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August 31, 2013 8:07:52 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies.

Leaning most towards an intel board, all price dependant based on the other components I will need to purchase.

A follow up question, I have a motherboard picked out if I go the AMD route, but am starting to get square eyes looking though intel motherboards.

Does anyone know of a decent ATX motherboard that has atleast

4 x DIMM 240-pin ( DDR3 )
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( x16 mode )
2 x PCIe Express slots
2 usb 3.0 headers

for the LGA1150 Socket and another for the LGA1155 Socket.

and a 'not so important', off-topic question: is water cooling of a GPU a viable option? Or does it still fall into the 'too hard' basket. My GPU has 3 fans on it coupling that with the case fans and PSU im thinking sound may start to become a problem. (I am looking at water cooling of the CPU but I havent done it before, always relied on air cooling)

Thanks again everyone for all your replies.
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August 31, 2013 9:24:35 PM

Do you have a budget in mind for the Intel mobo - would be easy to throw out my Hero which is $220 but that my be way less than your thinking or way more?
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August 31, 2013 9:37:45 PM

Obviously the cheaper the motherboard the better but that being said I don't want to substitute quality for less $$.

My cut off point for the mobo is about 250$

I did come across a Gigabyte G1 Sniper B5 for 170$ that looked to tick all the boxes but I'm also completely clueless when it comes to mobo chipsets. No idea what's good with them and what's bad.

Any suggestions/tips welcome
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August 31, 2013 9:49:05 PM

If still taking the 3770K (or 3570K) both are 1155 so jump on the Rocks Z77 Extreme 4 about $135, it is the best selling and rated Z77 out there, for the 4670k or the 4770K I'd go the Asus Maximus VI Hero
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August 31, 2013 11:17:31 PM

Thanks for that, Ill look into each of them.

Still on mobo, how important is the Max Allocated RAM Size?

Cheers
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August 31, 2013 11:20:07 PM

It allows you to set an amount of DRAM for the system to 'share' with your GPU
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August 31, 2013 11:22:43 PM

So would 1 gb be enough with the GPU I have? Or should i look at a higher restriction
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August 31, 2013 11:34:23 PM

Try it at 1GB and see what you think, like with OCing, it's all experimentation
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