What combo should I do? i5-3570k w/ GTX 650ti boost OR FX-6300 w/ Radeon HD 7950?

The title pretty much says it all. I mostly play FPS, but occasionally play games like Skyrim, and Dota 2. If i got the i5 setup I would probably upgrade the graphics card in about a year.
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  1. If you want to upgrade the GPU within a year, you get the i5-3570k + 650ti boost now, but after you upgrade the GPU you will have the very good PC.
  2. If you plan on upgrading in the future, it may be worthwhile to pickup a FM2+ motherboard with an Athlon 760K and 7950 then upgrade both the CPU and GPU down the line.
  3. slomo4sho said:
    If you plan on upgrading in the future, it may be worthwhile to pickup a FM2+ motherboard with an Athlon 760K and 7950 then upgrade both the CPU and GPU down the line.

    Only planning on upgrading GPU. Probably to a GTX 760.
  4. jackalan said:

    Only planning on upgrading GPU. Probably to a GTX 760.


    The HD 7950 performs equally to the 760 and overclocks slightly better...

    http://www.legitreviews.com/amd-radeon-hd-7950-w-boost-versus-nvidia-geforce-gtx-760_2227
  5. slomo4sho said:
    jackalan said:

    Only planning on upgrading GPU. Probably to a GTX 760.


    The HD 7950 performs equally to the 760 and overclocks slightly better...

    http://www.legitreviews.com/amd-radeon-hd-7950-w-boost-versus-nvidia-geforce-gtx-760_2227


    What if i do an i5-3470 w/ a HD 7950?
  6. @slomo4sho, what do you think of this as a $650 starter rig?
  7. jackalan said:
    @slomo4sho, what do you think of this as a $650 starter rig?


    The overclocked 6300 should perform pretty close to the 3470...

  8. slomo4sho said:
    jackalan said:
    @slomo4sho, what do you think of this as a $650 starter rig?


    The overclocked 6300 should perform pretty close to the 3470...


    I don't trust AMD too much for some reason... Maybe it's just because I like battlefield. lol. But the 3470 can outperform a stock FX-6300.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/699?vs=702
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/fx-8350-8320-6300-4300_5.html#sect1
  9. jackalan said:

    I don't trust AMD too much for some reason... Maybe it's just because I like battlefield. lol. But the 3470 can outperform a stock FX-6300.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/699?vs=702
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/fx-8350-8320-6300-4300_5.html#sect1


    I provided you the best option. It is your $$$ spend it however you like.
  10. The i5-3470 and HD 7950 will make a good pair.

    Get the i5, you will get what you paid for.
    i5-3470 vs fx6300.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/702?vs=699
  11. cin19 said:
    The i5-3470 and HD 7950 will make a good pair.


    There is a $88 difference in price between the 3470 and the 6300. Even the 8350 is currently $13 less than the 3470. I am unsure how you can say with a straight face that those funds can't be better spent on the build...
  12. slomo4sho said:
    cin19 said:
    The i5-3470 and HD 7950 will make a good pair.


    There is a $88 difference in price between the 3470 and the 6300.


    That is the you get what you pay for.
  13. slomo4sho said:
    cin19 said:
    The i5-3470 and HD 7950 will make a good pair.


    There is a $88 difference in price between the 3470 and the 6300. Even the 8350 is currently $13 less than the 3470. I am unsure how you can say with a straight face that those funds can't be better spent on the build...

    First of all, if you got the FX-6300 and planned to overclock, you would need to spend an extra $20 on a good overclockable mobo, and an extra $30 on a fan. That brings the gap to about $20. And an FX-8350 set up would be much more then the i5 setup.
  14. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hrtk
    Check out that $650 build!
    Would eventually buy CoolerMaster 212 EVO
  15. Why the heck you need aftermarket CPU cooler on i5 3470? and z75 mobo WTF?
  16. LagerLV said:
    Why the heck you need aftermarket CPU cooler on i5 3470? and z75 mobo WTF?


    I heard 3470's can get hot in prime95.
  17. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrTG
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrTG/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrTG/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($85.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $653.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 09:33 EDT-0400)
    There.
  18. If you are planning for some upgrading then you would need to get like 600-650 watts but it's enough for this build with 500W
    And do you really need Optical drive?
    And please why always people get z77 z75 motherboards on CPUs that can't be OCed get B75 or H67 got damn it Z77 or Z75 helps only when OCed you will save some money there
  19. And still dude you would be much better with going 8350 than 3470
    Becouse well it's cheaper
    Overclockable
    It's faster in single thread just by little bit
    And in Multi threading that thing murders i5
  20. jackalan said:
    First of all, if you got the FX-6300 and planned to overclock, you would need to spend an extra $20 on a good overclockable mobo, and an extra $30 on a fan. That brings the gap to about $20. And an FX-8350 set up would be much more then the i5 setup.


    Ignorance is bliss...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($63.04 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Zalman Z12 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $656.94

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($63.04 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z12 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $651.94

    I am done with this discussion, no need to waste energy arguing against fanboyism.
  21. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/702?vs=697
    Every game but Diablo 3 the i5 wins. And I don't trust a Biostar mobo.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hsll
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hsll/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hsll/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master RC-430-KWN6 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $657.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 10:18 EDT-0400)

    I feel like that build would beat the 8350 build.
  22. jackalan said:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/702?vs=697
    Every game but Diablo 3 the i5 wins. And I don't trust a Biostar mobo.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hsll
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hsll/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Hsll/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master RC-430-KWN6 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $657.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 10:18 EDT-0400)

    I feel like that build would beat the 8350 build.


    Ok your money pick what ever you want but biostar makes great motherboard and that 6300FX build with 7970 impressive he got i would for sure go that one if i was you
  23. You guys were right. I'm admitting defeat. This is my final list. I decided to take out my optical drive as I can download windows through USB, that way I can get a better mobo.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Gigabyte GZ-PD Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $653.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 13:26 EDT-0400)
  24. jackalan said:
    You guys were right. I'm admitting defeat. This is my final list. I decided to take out my optical drive as I can download windows through USB, that way I can get a better mobo.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Gigabyte GZ-PD Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $653.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 13:26 EDT-0400)


    Great build!
    And you will be able to overclock your CPU quite a bit only thing you could do is get Instead of Blue drive Black one and also if you are gaming 6300FX will be more than enough But all of that out great build
  25. jackalan said:
    You guys were right. I'm admitting defeat. This is my final list. I decided to take out my optical drive as I can download windows through USB, that way I can get a better mobo.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HvGI/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Gigabyte GZ-PD Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $653.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 13:26 EDT-0400)


    I notice that you buy the PSU from MC, then you can get the AMD( FX8320)+MB ( ASRock 970 Extreme4 ) combo and you will saving $50 more. But you have to go to the store to pick up. Otherwise just forget about it. I bought my i5+MB in there.
    http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx
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