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i5 4670k And R9 280x vs i5 4570 and R9 290

So I was absolutlely sure about my build:


CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $223.98
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 $139.69
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $87.32
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $54.43
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X $289.99
Case Cooler Master N300 ATX Mid Tower $55.98
Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $75.98
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
TOTAL: 947

Good build huh? but then a person suggested (you bad bod) and I LOVED IT

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.96 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus B85-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.50 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Apevia X-SNIPER2-WHT ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1113.80

I do not need an OS so the build should be around 1000 usd

What you guys think? I know I won`t be able to OC, but with an R9 290 I Do not give a sª"₧?
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  1. if you could raise your budget for like 30-40 $, you can get an xeon e3-1230v3, which is basically an i7 4770 without iGPU and it is 100 mhz lower clocked.
    But either way it is a decent gaming PC
    Happy gaming :)
  2. It is not bad. I myself thought about the 290 but I ended up getting the 280x. They are both great cards. Though I do own amd have you thought about trying a nvidea card in that build?
  3. With regards to yoru second build.

    1) SInce you're not overclocking you won't need the CPU cooler (stick with the stock one) Savings $30

    2) from the 280x to the 290 is huge jump. Just ask yourself, are you going to use all that horsepower in that video card? If you're sticking to 1080p and lower gaming resolution, then its a huge waste of cash if you're not gaming at 1440p.


    3) If you're sticking with 290x you will certainly need a cooler case (find one with efficient fans 2-3. Something like the Fractal Design R4)

    4) That PSU is lower quality. Shop around for a Seasonic or XFX

    5) you'll save a few more dollars if you get these components from a Microcenter near you

    Best Luck
  4. jamesjordan1111 said:
    It is not bad. I myself thought about the 290 but I ended up getting the 280x. They are both great cards. Though I do own amd have you thought about trying a nvidea card in that build?

    yep I can switch the 280x for a gtx770, no problem.

    but other than that if I choose a 290 I will need a 120 hz monitor right?
  5. tachybana said:
    With regards to yoru second build.

    1) SInce you're not overclocking you won't need the CPU cooler (stick with the stock one) Savings $30

    2) from the 280x to the 290 is huge jump. Just ask yourself, are you going to use all that horsepower in that video card? If you're sticking to 1080p and lower gaming resolution, then its a huge waste of cash if you're not gaming at 1440p.


    3) If you're sticking with 290x you will certainly need a cooler case (find one with efficient fans 2-3. Something like the Fractal Design R4)

    4) That PSU is lower quality. Shop around for a Seasonic or XFX

    5) you'll save a few more dollars if you get these components from a Microcenter near you

    Best Luck


    Thanks! I know about the huge jump.
    currently I dont have a monitor because I sold everything to my brother, so next month I plan on getting everything now that the topic came.

    should I buy a 1440p monitor and 290 or 1080p and r9 280x?
    what you think about Vorago mouse?
  6. Best answer
    Eliminator21

    With my 280x I took a chance and have not seen any bad screen tearing( If that's what your worried about) but with that kind of a jump to the 290 then yeah I would suggest the 144hz. As for that mouse it looks good I quickly checked it out. If you get a mouse make sure it has programmable buttons. They help a lot when you cant get used to "that" key
  7. jamesjordan1111 said:
    Eliminator21

    With my 280x I took a chance and have not seen any bad screen tearing( If that's what your worried about) but with that kind of a jump to the 290 then yeah I would suggest the 144hz. As for that mouse it looks good I quickly checked it out. If you get a mouse make sure it has programmable buttons. They help a lot when you cant get used to "that" key


    MMM you know, I will get the r9 280x with the second build and a 1080p monitor even if I cant OC I really think I wont need it
  8. Ok. if you need anything just ask :) I agree about the overclock too
  9. your talking about two different budgets when comparing 1080p+280x vs 1440p+290.

    you need to make a decision because your not going to have a total build under your budget for 1440p but you can get an excellent 1080p build in your budget…. assuming you have the 1080p monitor….

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $994.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 17:04 EDT-0400)

    but feel free to go with the 4670k for slightly cheaper and overclock it as it will give you better single core performance and thus slightly faster light application performance. in games your never going to notice the difference between a 4670k@4.2ghz vs the e3-1230@3.3ghz
  10. thank for the suggestion, but I have made my choice
    i5 4570
    r9 280x
    asus vn24h-p

    and save a few dollars, after I saw that the price difference between the 4670 and 4570 is not worth it and because games dont use more than 3 cores, I dont see the point on OC either.

    thanks!
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