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Advice needed on AMD 8350/9370 or INTEL i4770 upgrade

I did extensive research but I still have a hard time deciding which one to go with, so I hope with some extra input to finally make a decision.
The SPECS are set in stone, I am not going to change them so please keep the advice on the components mentioned, the only thing I could change is a 9370 instead of the 8350.
Live expectancy 3-5 years, I know that AM3+ EOL is around 2015 but I don't mind that. I know the benchmarks and power efficiencies difference looked @ countless CPU sites but they didn't give a big enough difference to base my final decision on (unfortunately).

I like to have real world input, mostly from people who use @least the same CPU's what are your experiences? Why would you advice met to go with either choice?

The worst thing for the AMD choice that I can think off, is that because of AMD dropping the modular design less games and software will be optimized for it.
( I am upgrading from a Athlon X2 4400, so I need a new mobo and memory, everything else is up to date) I will change my Graphics card later which is an AMD and probably the new one will also be an AMD.

As far as I can tell the AMD will serve it's purpose for the above time period without me complaining and the 160 euro's I have to spend less on the Intel will pay for the memory.
I really need to upgrade before the winter 2014 and I don't have to have the latest and the greatest and I don't want to spent more then 500 euro's on the CPU+MOBO.


INTEL
Intel Core i7 4770k
SKU: BX80646I74770K
MOBO: Asus Republic Of Gamers Maximus VI Formula (C2)
Total of 497.80 Euro

AMD
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
SKU: FD8350FRHKBOX
MOBO: Asus Crosshair V, Formula-Z

Or the AMD FX-9370 Black Edition
SKU: FD9370FHHKBOF or FD9370FHHKWOF

Total of: 336,98 Euro


What do I use it for?

OS: Windows Professional x64
installed on a Samsung 850 SSD

Primarily
Gaming (I just named the most played or to be played)
SWTOR
Dragon Age III
Steam games
Rage, Crysis 3,Skyrim
Lots of other games ;)
Blu-ray playback
Watch streaming movies (Netflix)
Watching anime

Secondary
Development (Visual Studio 2008/2010)
SQL Server 2008/2012 for Development purposes
Virtual Box (running virtual OS for testing)
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    I would question why you would consider the AMD solutions that require respectively 125W or 220W over the Intel solution that can do slightly more at 88W? Now only is that a lot more cooling, it's more expensive to operate and environmentally unfriendly.
  2. Either will serve you well for 5 years, but I would go AMD Black and push for as much memory and as many cores as you can afford for SQL and VM's.

    If in a couple of years you think it needs a quick lift, overclock.

    Yes the Intel runs cooler and uses less electricity, but will it recoup the extra 161 Euro, maybe in resale value if it has any after 5 years.

    As for OS, W7x64 Pro is good and reliable, but W8.1 Update x is starting to become popular and does have a few performance advantages.
  3. I thought long about it and power could be a problem according to extreme.outervision
    if I went with the AMD. I have an Seasonic X-760 which is pretty expensive and I don't want to upgrade that one already.

    Setup with CrossFire

    Intel they recommended 686W
    AMD they recommended 719W
    (this is with 2 R9 270X cards)

    Setup without CrossFire
    Intel they recommended 553W
    AMD they recommended 586W

    AMD doesn't leave me much room to add much stuff if I went for an CrossFire of SLI setup.

    But I don't want to spend 160 euro more, so I did an intensive search and without compromise I found a build that is just 100 euro more expensive:

    Intel Core i7-4790K
    SKU: BX80646I74790K
    MOBO: Asus Republic Of Gamers Z97 MAXIMUS VII HERO
    Total of: 449,74 euro

    So unfortunately I have to go with Intel and since AMD won't be back in the game until late 2015/2016 I have to go with Intel (cannot wait 2 years on a maybe, I need and upgrade now). I didn't have an Intel for years but I have to go with what is best economic, price and performance wise for me and if it is Intel so be it.
  4. For your purposes, the Intel i5 will be just as good as the Intel i7. ANd that saves you a bundle of money. :)
  5. Go Intel
  6. Karsten75 said:
    For your purposes, the Intel i5 will be just as good as the Intel i7. ANd that saves you a bundle of money. :)


    an Intel Core i5-4690K is about 85 euro's cheaper but I don't think it will be good enough since for my design stuff an Intel Core i7 860 is having difficulty sometimes and since the i5 is just a bit faster overall I rather go for save.
  7. My bad - I thought the design stuff was minor and the gaming was primary purpose. :) when I design workstations for technical people, they look a little different inside and outside than gaming computers. But yes, then get the i7 by all means.
  8. Karsten75 said:
    My bad - I thought the design stuff was minor and the gaming was primary purpose. :) when I design workstations for technical people, they look a little different inside and outside than gaming computers. But yes, then get the i7 by all means.


    Yeah it's primary for gaming and secondary for design but by secondary I didn't mean minor. Thanks for the power reaction, although I was aware of that AMD uses more power, without your comment I wouldn't have looked into it in more detail and that would have cost me a new psu.
  9. You're more than welcome. I often-times wish AMD could pull another rabbit out of a hat and get a really competitive CPU out there.
  10. wrong thread (please delete lol)
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