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2014 Gaming+Streaming/Recording Build ~$1500 suggestions?

I am looking to build a desktop gaming rig in which I intend to stream/record a lot of my gameplay.

My main concern as of this moment is the CPU.
I hear arguments for both sides. AMD vs Intel.
The question is, what would be the better option for my specific build?
I'm comparing the AMD FX-8350 with the Intel I-5
From what I'm seeing (on newegg) the AMD 8350 wins in both price and specs.
Am I mistaken for some reason? Do people really just like Intel because it's more advertised?

But, back to the point.
I am looking for around a ~1500 build suggestion. (Not including monitors, Yet, I would like some Monitor suggestions as well to consider, aside from the build)
Built for Gaming+Streaming.
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  1. I don't have an answer for 8350 vs 4670k (I chose the i5 for no real reason)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tXXT
    Should be pretty quiet
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    For gaming + streaming, the price point would be better for the fx8350. People favor intel over AMD because of intel's single thread performance. I think the i5 might be better now, because of nVidia's shadowplay, but I don't know really. I know with OBS fx8350 does well with it.

    Here's a possible build with the fx8350. I feel like I might be missing something.


    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tY1K
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tY1K/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tY1K/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ TigerDirect)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($157.00 @ B&H)
    Total: $1289.84

    You could also change this build to have an i5 4670k + z87 motherboard. But with a 1500 budget, you could get an i7 + z87 motherboard I'm pretty sure. The I7 would perform better than the 8350 overall when gaming and streaming. This build is with an i7, but you can lower it to an i5 if you would like. You're choice. I'm sure someone could probably improve these builds.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tY7q
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tY7q/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tY7q/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($157.00 @ B&H)
    Total: $1397.86
  3. Quote:
    You could also change this build to have an i5 4670k + z87 motherboard. But with a 1500 budget, you could get an i7 + z87 motherboard I'm pretty sure. The I7 would perform better than the 8350 overall when gaming and streaming. This build is with an i7, but you can lower it to an i5 if you would like. You're choice. I'm sure someone could probably improve these builds.


    No it won't. The i7 doesn't really add much to gaming experiences, and very few games will use the full feature set of the i7.

    For gaming you want Intel. AMD has seen a surge of new customers since the PS4 and XBOX One both use AMD APUS but pretty much every benchmark you can find on the internet suggests the opposite. And because of this the console fanboys have overhyped AMD and think it's the second coming. Store reviews won't tell you the big picture of a product, they are not really accurate for judging the big picture. Hardware Secrets, Tom's, Anandtech, and Jonnyguru go into far more depth on products than you could ever find in a 400 word Newegg review.

    This is what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.29 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1573.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-01 18:51 EST-0500)
  4. I personally am an intel person, but until you get into i7 price range amd is better bang for buck.
    Below 280 go AMD
    Above 280 go intel
  5. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    You could also change this build to have an i5 4670k + z87 motherboard. But with a 1500 budget, you could get an i7 + z87 motherboard I'm pretty sure. The I7 would perform better than the 8350 overall when gaming and streaming. This build is with an i7, but you can lower it to an i5 if you would like. You're choice. I'm sure someone could probably improve these builds.


    No it won't. The i7 doesn't really add much to gaming experiences, and very few games will use the full feature set of the i7.

    For gaming you want Intel. AMD has seen a surge of new customers since the PS4 and XBOX One both use AMD APUS but pretty much every benchmark you can find on the internet suggests the opposite. And because of this the console fanboys have overhyped AMD and think it's the second coming. Store reviews won't tell you the big picture of a product, they are not really accurate for judging the big picture. Hardware Secrets, Tom's, Anandtech, and Jonnyguru go into far more depth on products than you could ever find in a 400 word Newegg review.

    This is what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.29 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1573.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-01 18:51 EST-0500)


    But how and why is Intel better for gaming?
    (And even if I'm streaming/recording gameplay, it's still the right choice? why?)
  6. Amd make good cpu for the price and right now most game are gpu intensive so it depend on price range.
    Going amd could mean a better gpu.
  7. Yensu said:
    g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    You could also change this build to have an i5 4670k + z87 motherboard. But with a 1500 budget, you could get an i7 + z87 motherboard I'm pretty sure. The I7 would perform better than the 8350 overall when gaming and streaming. This build is with an i7, but you can lower it to an i5 if you would like. You're choice. I'm sure someone could probably improve these builds.


    No it won't. The i7 doesn't really add much to gaming experiences, and very few games will use the full feature set of the i7.

    For gaming you want Intel. AMD has seen a surge of new customers since the PS4 and XBOX One both use AMD APUS but pretty much every benchmark you can find on the internet suggests the opposite. And because of this the console fanboys have overhyped AMD and think it's the second coming. Store reviews won't tell you the big picture of a product, they are not really accurate for judging the big picture. Hardware Secrets, Tom's, Anandtech, and Jonnyguru go into far more depth on products than you could ever find in a 400 word Newegg review.

    This is what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.29 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1573.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-01 18:51 EST-0500)


    But how and why is Intel better for gaming?
    (And even if I'm streaming/recording gameplay, it's still the right choice? why?)

    The reason intel are better for gaming is because most game use only 2-4 core and intel have better single core performance.
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