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Which gaming build? i5-3350P or FX-6300?

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October 6, 2013 12:20:20 AM

Hi,

I am trying to decide between these 2 builds. This is primarily for gaming (World of Tanks mostly) at 1920x1080. I am leaning toward the i5 due to the greater single threaded performance.

I am reusing a case and optical drive. As you can see, it's only $30 more to go i5, which is worth it to me. For the FX-6300, I chose a good mobo for OCing, but that might also require a better case or more fans down the road, adding to the cost.

Both builds use a 7870 which looks to be a good deal at $166. It was listed at $200in Sept's Best Graphics for the Money: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

This is also my first build, so let me know if I made any noob mistakes here.

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i5-3550P
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lp5T
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lp5T/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lp5T/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.10 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($165.66 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $609.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-06 03:07 EDT-0400)


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FX-6300
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1LooQ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1LooQ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1LooQ/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($165.66 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $580.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-06 03:12 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2013 1:52:03 AM

just a few personal choices:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lr6L
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lr6L/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lr6L/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($53.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $557.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-06 04:51 EDT-0400)
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October 6, 2013 2:10:07 AM

I just stumbled upon this nice Newegg bundle: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Only thing is it's got a 650 ti boost, which is a bit weaker than the 7870. But it did give me the idea of upping the mobo to a MSI Z77A-G41 or Z77MA-G45. These are both $85, so a $15 increase to do a bit of OCing and get the 3350p running at 3.8 or 3.9 GHz.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/351673-28-3350p-overc...
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1716859/overcloc...
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October 6, 2013 2:14:37 AM

filippi said:
just a few personal choices:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lr6L
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lr6L/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Lr6L/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($53.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $557.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-06 04:51 EDT-0400)


Thanks filippi, I definitely like the low price of this build. Great find on the PowerColor 7870! I wasn't sure about the quality of PowerColor, but they get good reviews on both Newegg and Amazon, plus a 2 year warranty.

What are you thoughts about the 6300? Is this build designed for heavy OCing?
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October 6, 2013 2:51:22 AM

I know I'm splitting hairs here, but here's what I'm seeing for the 7870 options:

XFX 7870: 1.0GHz clock, 2 fans, 2 DVI outputs, lifetime warranty $166
MSI 7870 GHz Edition: 1.05 GHz clock, 2 fans, 1 DVI output, 3 yr warranty $160
PowerColor 7870 XT: lower clock rate 925MHz, 1 fan, 1 DVI output, 2 yr warranty $154

I'll have to mull this one over a bit. I think they'll all work about the same.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2013 6:15:40 AM

Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition (Tahiti LE) = near the performance level of a Radeon HD 7950.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2013 6:19:28 AM

FX-6300 + Hyper 212 EVO + Asus M5A99FX PRO = very good cost-benefit relationship overcloking.
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October 6, 2013 3:23:29 PM

filippi said:
Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition (Tahiti LE) = near the performance level of a Radeon HD 7950.


This was a great bit of info. Thanks filippi!
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October 6, 2013 10:53:08 PM

all right! one last advice: buy a couple of case fans in order to increase your system cooling and ventilation capabilities.
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