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What's the best CPU + GPU combo among these three?

This thread can't be more cliche than ever, but I haven't specifically found one which directly answers my question. Which of the following would be the best to go with?

A. Intel Core i5-4670K + Sapphire R9 280X Toxic (<- was supposed to go with this since the 280X Toxic is sometimes at par with 290 performance, but the following are of the same price range too. This 280x is also the most expensive 280x model)

B. Intel Core i7-4770K + HIS R9 280X IceQ2 Turbo (<- the CPU is great but this model of the 280x is the weakest among all other 4 cards in here)

C. AMD FX-8350 + Sapphire R9 290 (Reference) (<- problem is heat and noise, and I don't know if it's better than 280X Toxic)

D. AMD FX-8320 + Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC (<- defeats 780 in some cases accrdng to AnandTech, but the FX-8320 may bottleneck the 290 Tri-X OC - not sure though)

All will be paired with 8GB RAM, XFX 750w PSU, Crucial M500 SSD and a 1TB HDD.
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  1. You hooked on AMD GPU's? Nvidia perform better for less cash.. But if I had to choose one of these i'd say go with A but I'd be a little skeptical of that card.
  2. CPU and GPU does not necessary need to be paired up. There's no compatibility issue, the only thing that people are concerned about CPU + GPU is whether it will be a bottleneck or not. However, bottleneck only happens when there's a huge gap between the CPU and the GPU that the application can't receive enough performance from one side and therefore can't perform at the potential of the other. That is not the case for any of the above.

    My point is, CPU and GPU don't need to be paired up for anything to happen. It all depends on whether you are into CPU intensive or GPU intensive application, or both. From there we will measure whether which processor and graphic card is best for your money and desire.
  3. A is the best choice for gaming unless you do video editing/encoding, rendering, or programming, then it is B
  4. IDontUnderstand said:
    CPU and GPU does not necessary need to be paired up. There's no compatibility issue, the only thing that people are concerned about CPU + GPU is whether it will be a bottleneck or not. However, bottleneck only happens when there's a huge gap between the CPU and the GPU that the application can't receive enough performance from one side and therefore can't perform at the potential of the other. That is not the case for any of the above.

    My point is, CPU and GPU don't need to be paired up for anything to happen. It all depends on whether you are into CPU intensive or GPU intensive application, or both. From there we will measure whether which processor and graphic card is best for your money and desire.


    No, I'm not pairing CPUs and GPUs. I think you don't get me. These are just combinations that cost the same price and I would want to know which performs best.
  5. TG_thoMz said:
    You hooked on AMD GPU's? Nvidia perform better for less cash.. But if I had to choose one of these i'd say go with A but I'd be a little skeptical of that card.


    AMD GPUs are considerably cheaper than nVidia ones in my country. For instance, a base 280x model would be cheaper than a 770 (that's right, a 770) by $100 or so.
  6. Exactly my question. What do you want to perform best in? Gaming? Editing? Web surfing?
    Different purposes will result in different CPU and or GPU selection for the build.
  7. mgsbly said:
    TG_thoMz said:
    You hooked on AMD GPU's? Nvidia perform better for less cash.. But if I had to choose one of these i'd say go with A but I'd be a little skeptical of that card.


    AMD GPUs are considerably cheaper than nVidia ones in my country. For instance, an base 280x model would be cheaper than a 770 (that's right, a 770) by $100 or so.


    Ahh ya I think everyone over here(US) is used to the bitcoin inflating prices on AMD cards which has made them a little less competitive than usual.
  8. IDontUnderstand said:
    Exactly my question. What do you want to perform best in? Gaming? Editing? Web surfing?
    Different purposes will result in different CPU and or GPU selection for the build.


    I'll probably use it mainly for gaming and sometimes (but rarely) for video editing and photoshop.
  9. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    A is the best choice for gaming unless you do video editing/encoding, rendering, or programming, then it is B


    Will i5 be just fine for light video editing?
  10. mgsbly said:
    Bad_Kitty13 said:
    A is the best choice for gaming unless you do video editing/encoding, rendering, or programming, then it is B


    Will i5 be just fine for light video editing?


    Ya if you are only doing it once in a while then you won't really notice. If you plan on doing it every day then the i7 is your friend.
  11. Just like the others, if gaming go with A.
  12. Okay. I think I'll go with A. Are the following components alright?

    Intel Core i5-4670K
    Sapphire R9 280x Toxic
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
    ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer
    XFX ProSeries 750w
    WD Caviar Blue 1TB
    Crucial M500 120GB
    Corsair Carbide 200R
    Noctua NH-D14
  13. Best answer
    light video editing yes if intense then go with the i7 as it performs better for longer sessions. but light video editing and gaming go with i5
  14. mgsbly said:
    Okay. I think I'll go with A. Are the following components alright?

    Intel Core i5-4670K
    Sapphire R9 280x Toxic
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
    ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer
    XFX ProSeries 750w
    WD Caviar Blue 1TB
    Crucial M500 120GB
    Corsair Carbide 200R
    Noctua NH-D14


    nice choices just make sure the ram cas latency is 9 and is 2x4gb
  15. Yes it is. Thank you. :)
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