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Comparing an AMD FX 8 core with an Intel i5 quad core for a gaming build

I am comparing these two nearly identical price CPU's

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54570

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8350frhkbox

Now, I've been getting mixed reviews about these. It seems to me that the AMD 8 core is the way to go and from what I understand more games in the near future will be so resource heavy that 8 cores will be needed (more cores gives more potential for overclocking and therefore longer time before my potential desktop build would need to be upgraded).

However, I've been told that the intel i5 has better baseline performance. Also, how much more would I have to spend in order to overclock the AMD? Would the additional cost be better put to use buying a more expensive graphics card?

Please discuss and thanks for answers in advance.
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  1. If you go with AMD, get an FX 8320.
  2. Best answer
    They will both be very close. It is going to depend heavily on the games and apps you use, and how many cores they can take advantage of.

    In games that can use 2-4 cores the i5 will be faster. In games that can use 5-8 cores the 8320/8350 will be faster.

    If you go with an FX 8 core, you can do a moderate OC in the 4.4-4.5GHz range with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or similar cooler. Once you start getting into 4.6-4.8GHz or higher I would go with a high end water cooler as your voltage and temperature start to ramp up quickly.

    For BOTH CPUs, make sure you get a motherboard with a good chipset that has the overclocking features you need.
  3. If you're looking for budget performance get an FX-8320 and Hyper 212 EVO. Minimum OC will be to FX-8350 speeds and could go to 4.2ghz+

    Make sure you get a nice board if you go FX-8320 though such as Gigabyte 970A-UD3P is nice for price.
  4. In games that can use 2-4 cores the i5 will be faster. In games that can use 5-8 cores the 8320/8350 will perform about the same, using half the power.
    FixedThatForYou
  5. In games that can use 2-4 cores the i5 will be faster. In games that can use 5-8 cores the 8320/8350 will perform about the same, using half the power.
    FTFY



    First, you've edited or mis quoted what I said. Second, FTFY doesn't mean anything to me. You're going to have to be clear what you are trying to say before I can help you.
  6. I will give you #1 reason to go with AMD....their socket design. The pins are on CPU not the dang motherboard. Due to Intel design, the pins are on the motherboard and VERY VERY fragile. Read the horror stories over the net, I like Intel better, but I got burned and have decided to stick with AMD unless Intel gets their act together!
  7. Which games are you looking to play?

    I'd generally choose the intel between those.
  8. JOOK-D said:
    Which games are you looking to play?

    I'd generally choose the intel between those.


    Only near future release im interested in is watch dogs. Although I have a library on steam that I haven't really touched including the witcher series. I will definitely beat them soon. Other than that, maybe the new thief.
  9. Actually, I'd like to run Half Life 3 on full settings, so this rig needs to be built for 5 years in the future at least
  10. Not possible to build a build for 5years future.

    2-3 yes, 5? asking a lot.

    Sure it's unlikely a sweeping new technology will come around and make our PC's obsolete but it is possible.
  11. Budget? Currency?

    Have you already got a build that you're upgrading, or are you starting from scratch?
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