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FX 8320 + R9 290 vs i5 4670k + GTX 770 for next-gen gaming and overclocking

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January 31, 2014 7:41:26 AM

I can afford getting i5 4670K and GTX 770, but I could also save some money on CPU by switching to FX 8320 and spend it on GPU by upgrading to R9 290.

Which configuration would be better for next gen gaming and overclocking?
Which would be more future-proof?
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January 31, 2014 7:46:38 AM

Personnally, I would go with the Intel/NVIDIA option. You will have better framerates and NVIDIA drivers are better.

For overlocking, just buy a good cooler. Intel CPUs are pretty easy to overlock.

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January 31, 2014 7:48:04 AM

What are the other specs like power supply and mother board ect
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January 31, 2014 7:50:04 AM

If you into video editing, strive for the 8320. If not so much get the i5. As for the GPU, I much rather NVIDIA as they normally run cooler. For instance, my Gigabyte GTX 770 rarely passes the 65c mark when under full load. It all depends what games you plan on playing as some games work better with AMD and some with NVIDIA. It mostly comes down to personal preference. Also, NVIDIA has softwares like GPU Boost 2.0 and Geforce Experience while AMD has Mantle thats soon to release. People say AMD's drivers are horrible, i wouldn't know. Either way you go, you shall be fine.
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January 31, 2014 7:54:17 AM

I was heavily expecting most people to choose the AMD option due to the faster GPU.

That being said, I would also go with the Intel/Nvidia option. I tend to like my components to not use a whole lot of power, and you get the power efficiency with both Intel and Nvidia. Not to mention it will run cooler than the AMD option. And if you feel the need, you can always SLI the 770 in the future, or outright upgrade to a 800 series card.
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January 31, 2014 7:57:36 AM

well the 290s a more powerful card and if you overclock the 8320 to 4.6 you will have a good gaming setup that will still yield higher fps in most games.

if your purely gaming the fx with the 290 is better depending on the games.

the only downside is the heat from a fx cpu, so grab a decent heatsink

amd drivers have gotten better but I cant say for the new cards, also heat isnt an issue for me never over 70-75 c in xfire overclocked.

if you do grab a 290 do not get the reference junk.

either setup you will be happy with
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January 31, 2014 8:37:48 AM


The FX-8320 and R9 290 will slobber-knock the GTX770 ...

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January 31, 2014 8:51:11 AM

giltyler said:
What are the other specs like power supply and mother board ect


Power is Corsair TX650 V2

If I decide to go with i5 4670K, I'll grab Asus Z87-A, it's supposed to be good for overclicking, supports fast memory, RAID, USB 3.0 etc, and is quite cheap.

But if I take FX-8320, to get it on par with overclocked i5 4670K I'd have to get it to FX-9370 clocks, and that would require overvolting, which in turn would require a good motherboard, right? What would be a good mobo with above in mind, in the price range of Asus Z87-A?
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January 31, 2014 9:00:05 AM

Jethead said:
giltyler said:
What are the other specs like power supply and mother board ect


Power is Corsair TX650 V2

If I decide to go with i5 4670K, I'll grab Asus Z87-A, it's supposed to be good for overclicking, supports fast memory, RAID, USB 3.0 etc, and is quite cheap.

But if I take FX-8320, to get it on par with overclocked i5 4670K I'd have to get it to FX-9370 clocks, and that would require overvolting, which in turn would require a good motherboard, right? What would be a good mobo with above in mind, in the price range of Asus Z87-A?


regardless if your overclocking or not the 8 cores you want to get a 990fx board with a 8 phase vrm.
6 phase minimum if you want to go cheaper like the m5a97 le board all the other m5a97s are 4 phase

I recommend for that( cpu since I had it before my 9370) 233x20 multi for best results which runs at 4.660 this requires a voltage of around 1.46v-1.48v
that plus the hyper 212 evo should be able to handle the heat
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January 31, 2014 9:11:54 AM

Would ASRock 990FX Extreme3 be good enough?

If not, I could cough up a bit more money for MSI 990FXA-GD65, Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer, or Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0.
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January 31, 2014 9:24:58 AM

Jethead said:
Would ASRock 990FX Extreme3 be good enough?

If not, I could cough up a bit more money for MSI 990FXA-GD65, Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer, or Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0.


that baord is only a 4+1 phase as well its not good, I personally would go with the fatality , it has a killer 12+2 vrm design

the m5a99fx has a 6+2 design which isnt bad either,
or even the gigabyte since its a 8+2 phase design as well

msi I havent had a lot of luck with overclocking wise

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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2014 10:17:15 AM


Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ ...

$135 before $10 rebate at the Egg -- there is also a combo deal with the Fx-8320 for $280.

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