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AMD or Intel for gaming???

Last response: in Systems
April 29, 2012 5:27:57 PM

I have a bugdet for $870 (this consists of: Mouse, Keyboard, Motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU, PSU, Optical Drive, HDD, Case, and CPU Cooler, and some extra fans for case). Now i know if i go Intel i'll be limited but have awesome performance. But if I go AMD i'll have an awesome Red Themed Build that looks badass but will be limited on performance. Of coarse I prefer performance over looks, but at this point i dont know what to go with. By the way this will be my first build. Any responses will help.

This is the build i had in mind if i went with AMD:

Thermaltake eSports Black Laser 400dpi Gaming Mouse $40,

Thermaltake eSports Challenger Pro USB keyboard Red $65,

Thermaltake eSports Pro gaming Mouse Pad $20,

Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s $100,

ASRock 970 Extreme3 AMD Motherboard $90,

Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB $170,

LG Electronics 12x Super Multi DVD Blue with 3D Playback $58,

Cooler Master 120mm 4-in-1 Value Pack $13,

Thermaltake V3 Black AMD Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case $50,

Phenom II x4 Black AM3 3.4Ghz $110,

Cooler Master GX Series 650W ATX 12V V2.31 80 PLUS Power Supply $78,

G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X series DDR3 1333mhz $46,

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm CPU Cooler $25

TOTAL = roughly $865

And this is what i thought of for Intel:

LG 22x Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model $17

ESC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit $210

ASRock Z68 Pro3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel $105

Intel Core i4-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz) LGA 1155 $220

Cooler Master 120mm 4-in-1 Value Pack $14

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (Comes with 4ft HDMI Cable) $30

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA / Cooler Master Elite 430 COMBO $127

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) / AVG Anti-Virus $65

Raidmax Hybrid 730w ATX PSU $60

HP Keyboard (I'll buy from a friend) $13

TOTAL= roughly $861

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April 29, 2012 5:53:50 PM

And let the flame wars begin ...

(Disclaimer: I favor Intel CPU's. OTOH, I am not on a tight budget.)

On a low to medium budget, trading some CPU performance (AMD instead of Intel) for better 3D performance is generally a workable solution for a gaming machine.

The only thing that I will say about the component selection is that I do not care for either PSU choice. For the rest, I will to the people here who specialize in system configuration.