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Is the difference between these 2 new builds worth the price?

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March 21, 2012 5:11:17 PM

I am about to build my first computer and to my understanding, an Intel build would be better for gaming but AMD is a bit cheaper so I was wondering if the performance difference between these 2 builds is great enough to get the more expensive one. I am for the most part a casual gamer with games like WoW, Starcraft II, LoL, soon to be Guild Wars 2, and a lot of Steam games. I just want the system to be able to handle all of those games pretty smoothly with relatively good fps.

Build 1: Intel($630)
-CPU- i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-GPU- EVGA GTX 570 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Mobo- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Build 2: AMD($485)
-CPU- AMD FX-4170 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-GPU- Radeon HD 7850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Mobo- ASRock 970 Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


All other components are relatively the same, case, ssd, psu, etc... But the overall price difference is about $150!
March 21, 2012 5:33:43 PM

The i5 build will be far superior.
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March 21, 2012 5:47:15 PM

azeem40 said:
The i5 build will be far superior.


But is it 150 worth more superior for the games I'd be playing?
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March 21, 2012 5:49:09 PM

as azeem said the i5 build will be significantly faster. you will also have the option to OC the 2500k to great effect if you decide to add another 570 down the road. more than worth the extra $150
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March 21, 2012 5:49:33 PM

The i5 would be worth the extra 150 no matter what your doing. Who knows maybe later on you might get a newer game that your interested in playing. I would stay away from the fx series of cpu's, there dont even come close to the power of the i5 and are full of issues.
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March 21, 2012 6:26:45 PM

I would go with the I5, 7850, and a cheaper z68 mobo. This will lower the price gap while maintaining performance.
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March 21, 2012 8:04:08 PM

If you're casual get the 6870. Will play most games maxed out or on very high. Unless you're playing Crysis at 2500 x 1600, a 6870 is better. Will be over $100 cheaper.
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March 22, 2012 12:24:43 AM

Obsama 1 was right, this build will be good and cheap(er).
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March 22, 2012 4:49:28 PM

A 6870 looks like a really good choice actually, especially cause i don't plan on playing anything as demanding as crysis, I think ill go with that then thanks!!
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