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February 27, 2012 1:32:23 PM

Hey I am kind of new at all of this, but I am looking into getting a gaming computer. A friend of mine has been a die hard intel fan since creation while my brother is a fan of AMD. I've looked at benchmarks and read up on both platforms, but I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions. This pc will be used primarily for gaming, things like skyrim, swtor, or MW3. How do these benchmarks translate into gaming performance?

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February 27, 2012 1:38:01 PM

It depends n your budget.
The i5 2500k is an amazing processor for gaming. For those who can't afford it , the Amd Phenom ii x4 series provides great performance for the price you'll pay.
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February 27, 2012 1:42:46 PM

i5-2500k

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February 27, 2012 1:44:10 PM

If I were you, I would shoot for an Intel gaming platform. As bart said, the 2500K SandyBridge CPU is the money-spot of current CPU's. AMD has some decent Phenom II x4 CPU's but it's a dying platform and their current platform release has proven to be unstable at best. Now, AMD video cards are a different story and have been coming along nicely over the years and competing with Nvidia quite nicely.

As of right now, my primary RIG has an Intel CPU and an AMD Video card and I am very happy!
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February 27, 2012 1:44:54 PM

Intel, unless you are on a budget.
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February 27, 2012 1:48:23 PM

memadmax said:
Intel, unless you are on a budget.


Correcting.

Intel, even if you are on a budget.

Since the Sandybridge Pentium launch Intel got all the recommendations (for each price segment)
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: February 2012
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February 27, 2012 1:52:50 PM

vitornob said:
Correcting.

Intel, even if you are on a budget.

Since the Sandybridge Pentium launch Intel got all the recommendations (for each price segment)
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: February 2012


Well, he didn't say how hardcore he wanted to go either lol.
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February 27, 2012 2:11:26 PM

It doesn't matter much. You can game on both.
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February 27, 2012 2:40:51 PM

I believe the OP was looking to see what is better between the two.

@ memadmax, i don't think it is a matter of how hardcore they want to be on gaming but i don't think i have ever heard anyone say "i'd like to game on a platform that barely gets 30 frames on the lowest settings."

@ ctbaars, this may be true but as i stated before, Intel would be the most reliable in terms of price/performance AND longevity by a mile.

@ darknirvana21, I would go for Intel for gaming at this time there is no logic to convince me otherwise. 2500K is your best bet with a P67 or Z68 motherboard if it fits your bill. For playing the games you listed, a good 6950 1GB (AMD) or GTX 560 Ti 448 core (Nvidia) would fit that bill quite well.
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February 27, 2012 4:16:40 PM

If you can afford it there is no question, go Intel. For price to performance the I5 2500k is the best for gaming right now.
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February 27, 2012 4:23:15 PM

I'm a AMD fan but I have to say that you are better off going for intel for now. AMD's processors are not fast enough to be worth their cost unless you can get an old Phenom II for cheap.
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February 27, 2012 4:35:29 PM

Yea except that AMD is phasing out the Phenom II's. Newegg, Tigerdirect and alot of the big name places are already out of Phenoms II's and thats it once they're gone they're gone.
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February 27, 2012 4:44:09 PM

memadmax said:
Well, he didn't say how hardcore he wanted to go either lol.


lol, I do know that, but considering the cpu price, there's no reason to go for an AMD cpu considering the ratio perfomance/cost for a newly built system (some people might have a better spent money if they update they current AMD platform for example through)
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February 27, 2012 5:11:44 PM

A lot of my friends went intel back in '03 and I went AMD (Athlon 64) but now is now, I went AMD at first and got the 980 BE for this gen, and recently went Intel and got a 2600k. I can't say that AMD is better but I also can't say that Intel eats AMD up in terms of performance, unless you're going to compare the 3960x against the Phenom 9xx, AMD's do fine if they don't bottleneck you. So if you're on a budget, going AMD is not a bad thing, just make sure to pick up a Phenom 2 now if you're gonna build, the are discontinued and I believe the Phenom 2 is one of AMD's best CPUs. Not to say that the FX series is bad but if you're spending that much just go intel, no point in getting the good FX series when you can get a 2500k, unless you have a specific reason to get 8 cores.

I like both companies equally, and both have strengths and weaknesses like, Intel will be the fastest this gen and AMD will be fast but are more affordable, and remember not all people need the best of the best.
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February 27, 2012 7:06:24 PM

darknirvana21 said:
Hey I am kind of new at all of this, but I am looking into getting a gaming computer. A friend of mine has been a die hard intel fan since creation while my brother is a fan of AMD. I've looked at benchmarks and read up on both platforms, but I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions. This pc will be used primarily for gaming, things like skyrim, swtor, or MW3. How do these benchmarks translate into gaming performance?



It depends on your budget actually. i5 2500K overclock to around 4.5-4.7 GHZ combine to a P67 or Z68 MB with decent Video card with a minimum of 8GB DDR3 memory, SSD or HDD. I can say you can play all the games out there with max settings.
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February 27, 2012 7:54:52 PM

Under $850ish - AMD
Over $850ish - Intel

Kinda like GFX cards ....

Under $200ish - AMD
Over $200ish - nVidia
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February 27, 2012 8:21:19 PM

CPU= Intel
GPU= AMD 7000 series (since Nvidia doesn't have an answer yet)

Depends on your budget really (the GPU). If it's going to be a gaming-only rig, then Intel at any budget.
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February 28, 2012 3:22:40 AM

Well the budget for the tower alone is 2300 dollars or less. I want the maximum gaming experience and I don't really wanna cut corners. I was also considering going as high as the 3930k or waiting for ivy bridge but I am not sure if its worth doing either.
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February 28, 2012 3:27:29 AM

Are you only gaming? That is a very generous budget and will get you an i7 (not that you need on and an i5 is perfectly fine) and 2-3 7970's. Honestly towers now days only cost $100-300.
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February 28, 2012 5:19:04 AM

darknirvana21 said:
Well the budget for the tower alone is 2300 dollars or less.

most probably "or less".
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February 28, 2012 2:42:19 PM

amuffin said:
Are you only gaming? That is a very generous budget and will get you an i7 (not that you need on and an i5 is perfectly fine) and 2-3 7970's. Honestly towers now days only cost $100-300.


I believe OP meant "tower" as in "tower complete with components inside as well"
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February 28, 2012 3:11:17 PM

Yeah when I said tower I meant everything in it cpu, graphics card, etc.
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February 28, 2012 4:47:00 PM

Op originally stated for gaming on games such as Skyrim, SWToR & MW3

That being said, based on the purse you have for a gaming rig, you could do pretty much anything while sticking with the Intel platform - which will indeed last longer, perform better and is not a dead platform.

Best bet is to go with a Z68 motherboard with good features, Intel i5 2500K, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a decent SSD (120 GB or higher) an HDD for storage, a decent aftermarket CPU cooler and an AMD 7950 video card.

That machine will basically handle anything you throw at it and later on down the road, grab another 7950 for crossfire.

You can also consider the 2011 platform but i don't see an advantage in gaming to justify buying a 2011 mobo with an i7 3930...

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February 28, 2012 5:34:05 PM

jonpaul37 said:
Op originally stated for gaming on games such as Skyrim, SWToR & MW3

That being said, based on the purse you have for a gaming rig, you could do pretty much anything while sticking with the Intel platform - which will indeed last longer, perform better and is not a dead platform.

Best bet is to go with a Z68 motherboard with good features, Intel i5 2500K, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a decent SSD (120 GB or higher) an HDD for storage, a decent aftermarket CPU cooler and an AMD 7950 video card.

That machine will basically handle anything you throw at it and later on down the road, grab another 7950 for crossfire.

You can also consider the 2011 platform but i don't see an advantage in gaming to justify buying a 2011 mobo with an i7 3930...



Thanks for this information. Do you see any reason to wait for ivy if its for gaming only?
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February 28, 2012 5:40:37 PM

Nope, also you want a custom liquid cooled everything. So you can cool your 2500k, and 7950 so you can overclock it to 7970 levels.
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February 28, 2012 5:58:28 PM

For Over $2000 budget ... For sure suggest you go for the new i7-3930K.... is just so fast ... not just in game but in all the application ..... if you will do Photoshop that kind or AutoCad... you will feel significant increase while you doing rendering...

For Game is a little bit over power ... but if you have budget why not?... It may last for another 5 year... The benchmark of this CPU is almost Double as i5-2500K.... and this is also easy overclock!
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February 28, 2012 5:58:29 PM

^ +1 amuffin

No reason to wait for Ivy, it may yield a little more performance boost but that 2500K will last you at least 2 years. Not enough to warrant the wait and/or price premium IB might have over SB.
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February 28, 2012 6:13:42 PM

It matters a lot. overall, intel is the best at gaming for their high end processor. almost all gamers will recommend an i5-2500k. but for those who cant afford it, there is always the Pentium G620, which performs better than almost all amd chips in terms of gaming.
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February 28, 2012 6:52:45 PM

I like AMD but Intel is the CPU of choice for gaming.

I do still prefer AMD GPU's over Nvidia however because of the efficiency. And no, it doesn't cause an issue to run and AMD GPU with an Intel CPU.
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February 28, 2012 7:13:41 PM

For nowadays PC Market

CPU OVER $150 Perfer INTEL
CPU UNDER $150 perfer AMD ( PERFER APU Not FX)

VIDEO CARD $200 BELOW Perfer AMD
VIDEO CARD $200 ABOVE Perfer NVIDIA

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February 28, 2012 7:27:46 PM

amuffin said:
Nope, also you want a custom liquid cooled everything. So you can cool your 2500k, and 7950 so you can overclock it to 7970 levels.


I was planning on getting a 7970, unless Nvidias Kepler comes out sooner, which was a whole new issue for me, whether it was worth the wait on their cards.
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February 28, 2012 7:39:40 PM

sonexpc said:
For nowadays PC Market

CPU OVER $150 Perfer INTEL
CPU UNDER $150 perfer AMD ( PERFER APU Not FX)

VIDEO CARD $200 BELOW Perfer AMD
VIDEO CARD $200 ABOVE Perfer NVIDIA



i think the price point of intel/amd really isn't only money but also the configuration performance.
based on a budget w/o heavy (bf3, crysis 2) gaming.
cpu with a discreet: i3
cpu w/o a discreet: amd llano
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February 28, 2012 9:24:53 PM

jonpaul37 said:
I believe OP meant "tower" as in "tower complete with components inside as well"


Heh, hopefully that's what he meant.

Or maybe the Leaning Tower of Pizza :D ..
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November 6, 2012 7:23:41 PM

Hmm, Would an AMD video card work best with an AMD CPU or does it not matter?

I did the research and have considered the 3570k i5 processor.
although I still want to buy an AMD HD Radeon 7870.
I would buy a Nvidia card buy they are more expensive than AMD.

What would work best?
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November 7, 2012 12:35:30 AM

My answer is:

Whatever you can afford.
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