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Intel vs AMD in $200 range?

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I'm building my first-ever gaming PC and it turns out I'm going to spend around $200 on my CPU. I'm torn between choosing an Intel CPU - perhaps an i3-4440, with 4 cores 3.1 GHz each - or an AMD one - probably a FX-8350 (8 cores 4 GHz) or saving some money with a FX 8320 (8 cores 3.5 GHz).

AMD seem better on paper (More and faster cores) and I suppose it might be good for the future games, with both new consoles having an 8-core AMD CPU.

On the other hand, many people say Intel's performance would actually be better.

What are your suggestions? After all the research I've done I have no idea what to do (ironically). :(
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  1. Pairing Intel 4670 with B85 chipset motherboard will outperform FX-8350 because 990** chipset motherboards for AMD costs higher than B85 motherboards!
  2. $200 on a CPU? i5-4570 can be purchased for $193. I'd buy it over the 8350.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54570

    Also, do not compare frequencies between the CPUs. Intel CPUs and AMD CPUs are different.
  3. i agree, however amd will give you more bang for your buck. anything lower than about $140 amd will outpreform, but higher than that intel comes out on top.
  4. Are you near a Micro Center by chance? I picked up a i7 4770k there for $249 but they had the 8320 for $99 and the 4670K for $179. Not sure what the 8350 was.
  5. What games do you plan on playing, and how many CPU cores will they use?

    Do you plan to go with a single GPU or Crossfire/SLI?

    You really need to know those 2 things before this question can be answered properly.

    For single GPU mainstream games using ~4 cores It's going to be pretty even between an i5 4670k and an FX 8350. Once you start getting into games that need high bandwidth to multiple GPUs and can use 6+ cores the 8350 will have a small lead.

    Another Caveat: The FX 6300/6350 does very well on modern, multi-threaded games/apps and gan save you some $$$, but still works in a high end 990FX board so you can always upgrade to an FX 8320 or 8350 in the future.

    PS - Don't pair a fast CPU with a cheap board.
  6. larrym said:
    Are you near a Micro Center by chance? I picked up a i7 4770k there for $249 but they had the 8320 for $99 and the 4670K for $179. Not sure what the 8350 was.


    +1 you are lucky!!! in my country i could buy only i5-4670k for i7-4770k price!
  7. larrym said:
    Are you near a Micro Center by chance? I picked up a i7 4770k there for $249 but they had the 8320 for $99 and the 4670K for $179. Not sure what the 8350 was.


    +1 for that. Micro Center has some killer walk-in deals if you are near one.
  8. maddogfargo said:
    larrym said:
    Are you near a Micro Center by chance? I picked up a i7 4770k there for $249 but they had the 8320 for $99 and the 4670K for $179. Not sure what the 8350 was.


    +1 for that. Micro Center has some killer walk-in deals if you are near one.


    Hence why I have two FX 8320 systems now on top of my 3570k and i5 2400. :lol:
  9. larrym said:
    Are you near a Micro Center by chance? I picked up a i7 4770k there for $249 but they had the 8320 for $99 and the 4670K for $179. Not sure what the 8350 was.


    dang! 4770k for $249? 0.0 and the fx 8320 for $99 will give you huge bang for your buck. but i would still recommend intel for preformance.
  10. $99 8320, for a gaming rig, is the best value out there. Allows for a lot better graphics card for the same amount of money you would spend on an Intel rig.
  11. Yea, I was tempted to get the 8320 for $99, but I just couldn't resist the 4770k at $249
  12. I'm actually not into any particular type of games. On one hand I want to play some Titanfall, Thief and Watch Dogs, but on the other I'm into some strategies and KSP. I guess this makes the choice even harder, oh well.

    I was planning to build the PC around an i5-4440 and a single GTX 660, with 8 GB RAM. I'll give you some more precise prices for the CPU's we're thinking about here. I'm in Poland, so no PCPartPicker for me, but I still browsed around and found the best deals.

    i5-4440 - 655 PLN = 214 USD
    i5-4570 - 709 PLN = 232 USD
    FX-8320 - 549 PLN = 180 USD
    FX-8350 - 723 PLN = 236 USD

    With this setup and these prices in mind, what could you suggest? Will the AMD processors be inferior at this price range? Maybe I should pick the cheaper FX-8320 and go for a better GPU? I'm getting really confused right now, especially because I've heard a lot of criticism on AMD CPU's.
  13. All those CPUs are nice, if that was my choice, I would go for the 8320 and a better gpu..say a GTX 760 if you can swing it.
  14. How much money are you going to have left for the power supply and the video card?
  15. I want to spend around $550 on the motherboard, a power supply, CPU and GPU.
  16. i would get either the 8320 or 4440. also get a 760 or amd equivalent.
  17. A bit exceeded your budget http://pcpartpicker.com/p/310yZ
  18. Ahmadjon said:
    A bit exceeded your budget http://pcpartpicker.com/p/310yZ


    But worth every penny.
  19. true, true. if you can afford it go with that, otherwise maybe the fx 8300.
  20. I don't know much about prices in Poland, but $200 for a CPU, $200 for a GPU, $100 for a motherboard and $50 for a power supply, is reasonable. What brands of power supplies do you have in Poland? A good quality power supply is very important and if it is on sale can be the same price as some of the lower quality brands.
  21. I don't think the brands are limited in any way here. I just copied the power supply brands from one of the online shops:

    Fortron, Be Quiet!, SeaSonic, Chieftec, ModeCom, Corsair, SilverStone, LC-Power, Cooler Master, Aerocool, Gembird, Thermaltake, Enermax, Zalman, Super Flower, I-BOX, Whitenergy, XFX, Qoltec, Take.me, Tacens, Cougar, IN-WIN, Logic Concept, Antec, Tracer, SilentiumPC, Evolveo, Fractal Design, Arctic Cooling

    For the i5-4440, GTX-660 PC I was aiming for a Corsair VS 450W, for $48. The AMD processors are more power-hungry, though, so I'm OK with something bigger and more expensive.

    About the PCPartPicker setup - I really like it, but (sadly) with the prices here the whole thing will be around $710. The GPU is the most expensive, with an ASUS 760 at $335. The cheapest GTX 760 cards are from Gainward and Zotac ($285), each having just one fan and a reference-like look.

    Not sure what to do now, an i5-4440/i5-4570 would do well with a slightly better GPU than a GTX660. I don't see any other GPU's to choose here, and saving on the CPU is not really a possibility - I'm not really sure i should buy an i3, however the AMD 8320 could be a good choice, looking at how it's actually cheaper.

    I see two ways out here:
    1. i5 4440/4570 + GTX 660
    2. FX-8320 + GTX 760

    Obviously I'm open to any other suggestions.
  22. Best answer
    Go for second option, because it will be significantly faster than first in games!
  23. #2 since it has a better gpu.
  24. yes, go with the fx 8320 and gtx 760.
  25. Because it seems I'll be switching to an AMD build, I have a few questions:

    1. Is there a chance for the FX-8320 to be a bottleneck here? Many people say single core performance of this CPU is far behind any i5.
    2. What's up with the cheaper branded GTX 760 cards looking almost exactly like a reference one? Zotac, Gainward, MSI... Will it perform far worse?
    3. Is AMD's BOX cooling enough? I've heard some bad things about it. Will I need to buy better cooling?
    4. Should I look for a MoBo which would allow OC? It seems both FX-8320 and GTX760 are capable of some overclocking. Also, any quick way to find them, or should I just read reviews and descriptions?
  26. 1. it wont bottleneck a gtx 760.
    2. umm your call... mak sure you get it brand new though.
    3. yes, unless you plan to overclock or run it at 80%-100% most of the time. liquid cooling isnt necessary, but i would suggest an aftermarket cooler.
    4.yes, if you find a mobo for the 8320 that cant overclock, thats a bad board. look on newegg.com and just look at amd mobos that support the fx series.
  27. Nothing wrong with Zotac at all. I have owned a couple Zotac GPU's. Never had an issue with them. Motherboard, gigabyte 970a-ud3p is the best one for the money, for single gpu setups. I would suggest an aftermarket cooler. The stock fan is noisy as hell.
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