Is the difference between these 2 new builds worth the price?
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.
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
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.
I would go with the I5, 7850, and a cheaper z68 mobo. This will lower the price gap while maintaining performance.