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Torn between components AMD or Intel?

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May 6, 2012 2:44:19 PM


I am looking to build a new pc, with this new build the only graphically demanding game i would play would probably be Battlefield 3. Although mainly i would be aiming to play things like gmod and left 4 dead.
Here is the two configurations i am torn between, any feedback or preferences with reason would be appreciated - Thanks
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PROCESSOR : Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Quad Core 3.50 GHz 8MB Cache LGA1155 + HD Graphics
COOLING SYSTEM: Asetek 510LC / Xtremegear Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator
MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 4 RAM slots, IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio,
GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 1x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI
RAM: 16GB(4x4GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Dual Channel Memory
GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX570 1280MB 16X PCI Express

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PROCESSOR: AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology
COOLING SYSTEM: Asetek 510LC / Xtremegear Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator
MOTHERBOARD: Asus M5A99X EVO AMD 990X Chipset CrossFire / SLI supported DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ 4
RAM slots, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III /s, RAID
RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Dual Channel Memory
GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 1536MB 16X PCI Express
May 6, 2012 2:53:39 PM

For gaming I would go with the Intel system, but instead of i7 3770k I would go with a i5 3570k since no games benefit from Hyper threading. Also 8GB of ram instead of 16 and use that money to pick up a better video card - A 7870 outperforms a 570 and uses less power or maybe consider getting a 7950/7970 and or a GTX 680. Also you don't have a Power Supply listed at all.
May 6, 2012 3:03:49 PM

Thanks, i have made some modifications thanks to your suggestions this is what im looking at now
Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Quad Core 3.40 GHz 6MB Cache LGA1155 + HD Graphics
Asetek 510LC / Xtremegear Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator
MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 4 RAM slots, IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 1x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI
8GB (2x4GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Dual Channel Memory
CoolerMaster 1000watt Silent Pro Gold Modular Gaming Power Supply, SLI/Crossfire ready

I have a choice between that coolermaster PSU and a cyberpower one but i have heard bad things about cyberpower's power supplies
May 6, 2012 5:11:51 PM

That last build is still missing a GPU. If you can afford it the 7850 should run fine. A friend of mine with an AMD 1090t six core and an AMD 6850 runs BF3 with AA 2x, AF 16x, and all settings at high with absolutely no stutter.

If you pay for those higher end cards you won't be gaining anything except hey look my fps still gets so high my eyes can't notice a difference. You have to consider not the card but how much FPS will you really be gaining for 100$? Is 8 FPS worth 100 dollars to you? Anyway I hope this can help you make your final decision and saves you money too!

Maybe wait for the Nvidia 660 should be the pricepoint and performance equivalent to the 7850.
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