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Intel or AMD build

Approximate Purchase Date:
About two or three weeks

Budget Range:
max is about 950, I want to keep it around where it is now.

System Usage:
gaming/HTPC

Parts Not Required:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
newegg.com/Frys.com

Country:
United States

Overclocking:
Yes?

SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe

Monitor Resolution:
1360x768

Additional Comments:
Really I'm here for advice all and any. I've been doing research on my own for the past 2 months & now I've hit a wall that Internet research can't help me & I need the experience of others for help. I'm stuck between two builds an AMD & Intel both are the same but the Mobo and Processor & I have no idea about the PSU but it seems right.
I'm buying all of the parts from Fry's so the pricing is different as the Intel is a little over 100$ more than the AMD.

Intel:
20520886
Mobo: GA-Z77-D3H
Processor: i5 2500k
GPU: 6870 XFX
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 bronze
HDD: Hitachi 500GB oem
SSD: patriot pyro 60GB
Optical Drive: Asus DVD R/W
Case: CM Elite 430

AMD:
19427485
Mobo: GA 990FXA-UD3
Processor: 6100 FX
GPU: 6870 XFX
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 bronze
HDD: Hitachi 500GB oem
SSD: patriot pyro 60GB
Optical Drive: Asus DVD R/W
Case: CM Elite 430

(okay I gave up with newegg's wishlist bull, those are the item numbers for the wishlists.)
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  1. Definitively go with the Intel the processors are way better for the same clock rate.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/processor-architecture-benchmark,2974.html

    Besides that it looks good.
  2. Check this one, its even the stronger CPU than u selected from AMD, and look at the score board.

    If u want a performance, than Intel is what u want. Amd offers lower pricing.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=288
  3. You former (i5) is nice setup. No tweaks necessary. Good job.
  4. Second vote for the Intel system.
  5. If budget allows for the Intel build, that's the one you should go with.

    -Wolf sends
  6. I use to always buy AMD (cheaper) but Intel is definitely the way to go for performance, and prices are closer now.
  7. Best answer
    For ONLY a 10% higher cost - INTEL. And not just because of CPU.

    Only suggestion is on CPU.
    .. For only $20 bucks more might want to consider the IB i5-3570K ($240 @ newegg).
    .... No biggy, but about a 15% performance gain (clk-per-clk)
    .... Latter on if you switch to a PCI-e GPU that can take advantage of pcie 3.0 that the MB supports, I think you also have to have a IB CPU.
    ... 3570 has HD 4000 compared to i5-2500k with a HD3000. THIS is not a gaming issue as you will be using the dGPU not the iGPU. But could be a Plus if you do any video incoding that takes advantage of the iGPU.
    ... Only down side is that the i5-3570 may be harder to OC above 4.6 GHz than the SB i5-2500K


    ENJOY!!!! PS - Very close to what I recommend a friend buy for her son to build.

    Added:
    .. Did Not see a 3rd party HSF in your list. A Hyper 212 EVO is about $33. The stock HSF is at the BOTTOM of the totum Pole in terms of performance, and Definately not suitable for POverclocking.

    .. Do a google search on location of microcenter. If close enough they often have a good proce on CPU/MB combos.
  8. emeraldarcher7 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date:
    About two or three weeks

    Budget Range:
    max is about 950, I want to keep it around where it is now.

    System Usage:
    gaming/HTPC

    Parts Not Required:
    keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
    newegg.com/Frys.com

    Country:
    United States

    Overclocking:
    Yes?

    SLI or Crossfire:
    Maybe

    Monitor Resolution:
    1360x768

    Additional Comments:
    Really I'm here for advice all and any. I've been doing research on my own for the past 2 months & now I've hit a wall that Internet research can't help me & I need the experience of others for help. I'm stuck between two builds an AMD & Intel both are the same but the Mobo and Processor & I have no idea about the PSU but it seems right.
    I'm buying all of the parts from Fry's so the pricing is different as the Intel is a little over 100$ more than the AMD.

    Intel:
    20520886
    Mobo: GA-Z77-D3H
    Processor: i5 2500k
    GPU: 6870 XFX
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 bronze
    HDD: Hitachi 500GB oem
    SSD: patriot pyro 60GB
    Optical Drive: Asus DVD R/W
    Case: CM Elite 430

    AMD:
    19427485
    Mobo: GA 990FXA-UD3
    Processor: 6100 FX
    GPU: 6870 XFX
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 bronze
    HDD: Hitachi 500GB oem
    SSD: patriot pyro 60GB
    Optical Drive: Asus DVD R/W
    Case: CM Elite 430

    (okay I gave up with newegg's wishlist bull, those are the item numbers for the wishlists.)



    Are you aware that AMD has announced that they will no longer compete with Intel for the desktop market? Not that they have been for several years.
  9. I do see one change you could make, although it isn't required. With an i5-2500k, Z68 seems to be the best option.
  10. Best answer selected by emeraldarcher7.
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