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Which Build would offer the better performance? (How much does CPU really matter over the GPU? )

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June 8, 2014 10:08:20 AM

Build 1:
>Intel Core i5-4590
>ASUS H81M-PLUS
>8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY (1 x 8GB)
>1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750
>1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s
>Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit

Build 2:
AMD FX-6350
>ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0
>8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY (1 x 8GB)
>2GB AMD RADEON R7 260X
>1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s
>Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit

Now, I realize the i5's going to have better performance in games over the FX. However my problem is that this is a pre-built system with no configuration, So, build two has a weaker CPU but a better GPU, which one of these builds would perform better and what kind of settings do you expect it to achieve? etc on: BF4, upcoming games, Generally my friend wants it to just PLAY everything, he doesn't care for ultra specs.

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June 8, 2014 10:08:53 AM

the 260x would perform better than the 750 and the 6350 is powerful enough to let the card run at 100%.
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June 8, 2014 10:23:38 AM

Neither of those CPUs will matter at all, because the GPUs are far too weak to even justify them. For that money, you should be looking at a much cheaper CPU and a better GPU. Even a 6350 and 260x is a very unbalanced combo for gaming.
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June 8, 2014 10:34:57 AM

any lower than a 6300 and a GPU upgrade down the line isn't justifiable either
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June 8, 2014 10:41:00 AM

I would get a 6300 over a 6350 for sure. Also, he could get a single 4gb stick of RAM and use the saved money from both of those for a better GPU. that would be a MUCH better idea.
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June 8, 2014 10:57:53 AM

a 270 would be the sweet spot to aim for as they are an underclocked 270x and the start of good 1080p performance.
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June 8, 2014 12:31:31 PM

Right, Thanks. I can't really change his mind on building it, this is a non configurable PC on a website you can buy, prebuilt. He just doesn't want to be patient and afford one with a better GPU, he's just interested at running everything at least at low, and all the specs I've seen this card completely fail on are the ultra/high specs in games.
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June 8, 2014 12:35:25 PM

building it yourself is out of the question?
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June 8, 2014 12:36:39 PM

The 6350 build will run games at low/medium at 1080p. the i5 build shouldn't even be considered for a gaming build. He is going to be mad when he pays like $700 for a prebuilt to play at low when he could have build one for the same money to play at high.

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June 8, 2014 3:29:28 PM

I'm personally into building it, he's decided to chose the another one with the I5 and the R9 270, It seems like a good combo :D 

No, he won't allow me to build it. I'm a computer geek but it's honestly 'do you trust someone with £500+' who could potentially fail, Yes I realize it's simple and i am building one myself but my friend's kinda right.
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June 8, 2014 3:40:42 PM

That combo is better, The i5 is still overkill for the 270, but whatever. At least he can play most stuff at medium/high now.
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June 8, 2014 3:47:58 PM

it's not like people building computers have any kind of a degree, majority have just as much experience as an average builder on this website. I've built $2000+ systems for friends of a friend without ever meeting them.
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