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Which rig for music production + casual gaming? (AMD vs Intel)

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January 4, 2014 2:24:08 AM

Hi guys,

I'm building a new computer mostly for music production, but also for some casual gaming (Battlefield 4, DayZ...). Not going to overclock or anything.

I have two rigs in mind. One with octo-core FX-8350 4,0GHz and the other with quad-core Haswell i5-4670k 3,4GHz. The first one is a tiny bit friendlier for my budget. Which one should I buy if I want to produce music without problems and be able to play the newest games flawlessly?

INTEL RIG:
CPU: Intel i5-4670K 3.4GHz (with True Spirit 120 cooler)
Mobo: Asus Z87-K
Mem: Geil 16GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/s
PSU: Super Flower 500W Golden Green Pro 80+ Gold
GPU: GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5

AMD RIG:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4,0GHz (with True Spirit 120 cooler)
Mobo: Asus M5A97
Mem: same as above
HDD: same as above
PSU: same as above
GPU: same as above

Thanks!

a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2014 3:33:35 AM

Go for the Intel build. If you aren't OCing then why get an unlocked Intel processor? It'll save you some cash buying one which doesn't have a 'k' at the end of the model number. Get a 600W PSU 500W is just too less in my opinion. Hope this helped! :)  Also, in which country do you live in? That will influence your decision too.
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January 4, 2014 3:51:01 AM

Hi, and thanks for the answer. It definitely helped. I switched the 500W Super Flower to a 600W variant, price popped up ~15 euros.

I live in Finland. The store I'm using actually sells the i5-4670k a few euros cheaper than the 4670... No idea why.

The 4570 is around 30 euros cheaper than the 4670. Should I buy that instead? I've heard the performance differences are marginal.
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January 4, 2014 4:04:16 AM

Go ahead. Also, look at an 80+ Bronze certified as that will save you some cash. If your music production software is going to use less cores (Lesser or equal to four) go with Intel and if it will take more than that then go with an AMD processor. Intel processors have better performance per core and hence, an octa core AMD can be compared with a quad core Intel. With that being said, it is said that AMD processors will be more future-proof due to the extra cores. Because you live in a cold country, AMD won't give overheating problems. As I said earlier, if you music software will use less cores then go with Intel. I know I might be sounding confusing, but I just want you to make the best use of your money. My personal choice would be Intel. And regarding the 4570, I'd go for it. You can also go with 3rd Gen Intel processors as they will be more efficient and may also be cheaper. You will need an LGA1155 socket motherboard for 3rd Gen processors. Hope this helped :) 
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January 4, 2014 4:45:10 AM

Thanks a ton!

One more question... How should I ventilate a BitFenix Shinobi case? 2 front fans + 1 back fan or is 1 front + 1 back sufficient?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2014 5:26:38 AM

dddez said:
Thanks a ton!

One more question... How should I ventilate a BitFenix Shinobi case? 2 front fans + 1 back fan or is 1 front + 1 back sufficient?


Your build won't need extra cooling. Get a couple of case fans and you're done :p 
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