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August 10, 2014 10:40:32 AM

I posted this before but It didnt really help. This is my build right now and my budget was $950 and this went over: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kj8rqs

My friends in real life all say AMD is better for gaming, recording, and streaming.

Will be using this for Recording/Streaming and paying gmod, dayz, minecraft, BF4, Call of duty, FTL, League of Legends, and a few other steam games.

Which is better and why? Also can you link me to an intel build.
August 10, 2014 10:51:06 AM

Unforutately, right now intel is better pretty much in every case :p 
Instead of your build you can get an I3 and a H87 or H81 Mobo.
Now why is intel better? Because architecture and other rather advanced stuff.
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August 10, 2014 11:06:03 AM

Foxcat said:
Unforutately, right now intel is better pretty much in every case :p 
Instead of your build you can get an I3 and a H87 or H81 Mobo.
Now why is intel better? Because architecture and other rather advanced stuff.


not for recording and streaming... a dual core intel will be junk for that. a quad core will hold up better... but his friends were right on the money... cpu streaming while playing games is definitely something piledriver can do much better then an intel... you have to go up to an overclocked i7 to start to match the 8 core piledrivers in this task.

that said Day-Z, minecraft, league of legends are all single and dual cored games... an intel will do better with them. when he's not streaming he'd be much better on the intel at that point.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($198.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.13 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $926.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-10 14:09 EDT-0400


got down under your $950 ceiling... the sabertooth is nice but not necessary.. there is no real difference between the fx8350 and 8320... saved you some cash there...

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August 10, 2014 11:06:09 AM

Now you could go a little cheaper than all of the parts I put here together for you but this is a great build without compromise very near your budget but you'll still need to select a case:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BRGP8d

I prefer intel based on experience. I have no bad experiences with AMD but just great experiences with Intel. More cores does not mean better performance. I look at performance per core and actual testing and sometimes one tier of AMD is better than another tier of Intel chips and vice versa. You will get varying opinions but I see value in both. When money is no object intel outperforms AMD at the top end. However, there is great value to be found in the higher core amd chips but when you spend that little extra with intel I believe you get what you pay for. In general, you get stuck with the hardware so I tend to save an extra pay check or two and get what I really want instead of skimping now and regretting later but that's just me. Hope this helps!

Thanks,

Justin S.

I just noticed that the selected ram requires 1.6V to achieve rated speeds so here's a similar build that's just as fast:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mr6DQ7

The ram here has lower speed but also is cas 8 which is a tighter timing making it similar in speed to the 2133 with cas 9; the original ram selected for you was cas 11 which is a relatively loose timing when compared to the ones I selected for you. 1.6V is above rated spec but is very common among gaming machines but it is preferred to go 1.5V when possible so you can always oc later to 1.6V or so if desired for better ram speeds etc.
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August 10, 2014 11:07:29 AM

A cheaper, but still decent, motherboard will help cut costs. The build is pretty solid, though.
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August 10, 2014 11:16:10 AM

@Joseph DeGramo Yeah, I was initially going to put in the cheapest z board I could find but I noticed that the op had an asus sabertooth so I'm guessing he/she probably prefers something with some "oomph" too it without spending $400 the msi gaming board is a great value but yes we could have gone cheaper in several areas
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August 10, 2014 12:32:25 PM

The AMD build would do. I think a Xeon would be an alternative to an i7 in gaming+streaming.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjHGhM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjHGhM/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1226 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($221.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($198.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $924.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-10 15:26 EDT-0400
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August 10, 2014 8:33:17 PM

TheKolapo00 said:
I posted this before but It didnt really help. This is my build right now and my budget was $950 and this went over: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kj8rqs

My friends in real life all say AMD is better for gaming, recording, and streaming.

Will be using this for Recording/Streaming and paying gmod, dayz, minecraft, BF4, Call of duty, FTL, League of Legends, and a few other steam games.

Which is better and why? Also can you link me to an intel build.


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