Which is more important: cpu or gpu?

I use CS6 and play a lot of games. I export 720p and "screen record" (for lack of better term) 1080p video on a daily basis. I play lots of games, but mainly minecraft. I also do a lot of after effects. Right now, these are my two options:


CPU Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $316.03 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $99.99 @ NCIX
Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Hard Drive Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.87 @ Expansys Canada
OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $49.99 @ NCIX
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card $233.46 @ DirectCanada
Case Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply Thermaltake 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $45.99 @ Canada Computers
Total
Prices include shipping and discounts when available. $908.31
or


CPU Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard [16] Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $99.99 @ NCIX
Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Hard Drive Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.87 @ Expansys Canada
Hard Drive OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $49.99 @ NCIX
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card $406.64 @ DirectCanada
Case Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply Thermaltake 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $45.99 @ Canada Computers
Total
Prices include shipping and discounts when available. $965.45

My budget is 1000$, and I live in Canada. I hate MIR, so I won't be using them. Please help me find the best price/performance ratio. For the 670, don't worry, i'll unlock it for CS6 if it proves to be the best choice. Thanks for your help!
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  1. Get the seccond build. The only change you could justify making is swiching to an I5-2500k. This is good if you might overclock because it is a similar price and can overclock. If you will not, your processor is a little better.
  2. To answer your question that depends on what the primary uses for this system are going to be. If CS6 comes first, you'll want the stronger CPU. If games come first - you'll want the stronger GPU.

    However neither build contains a lot of hardware I'd recommend - Thermaltake PSUs are garbage, and never go micro ATX on a full desktop build as you'll severely limit your expansion options.

    Maybe try something like this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - $79.99
    PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $86.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $139.99
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $971.89

    If you need extra RAM it will still come out to a little over $1K.
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    To answer your question that depends on what the primary uses for this system are going to be. If CS6 comes first, you'll want the stronger CPU. If games come first - you'll want the stronger GPU.

    However neither build contains a lot of hardware I'd recommend - Thermaltake PSUs are garbage, and never go micro ATX on a full desktop build as you'll severely limit your expansion options.

    Maybe try something like this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - $79.99
    PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $86.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $139.99
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $971.89

    If you need extra RAM it will still come out to a little over $1K.


    Both are practically equal. And yes, I do need the extra RAM. I'll probably just change the case ( i like mine better) and the MoBo to a Pro3. But what about hyperthreading? is it useful for CS6? And do I need a cpu cooler if I won't overclock?
  4. I changed it a bit with g-unit1111's recommendations:

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    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.03 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.87 @ Expansys Canada)
    Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($233.46 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $943.31
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  5. elysio said:
    Both are practically equal. And yes, I do need the extra RAM. I'll probably just change the case ( i like mine better) and the MoBo to a Pro3. But what about hyperthreading? is it useful for CS6? And do I need a cpu cooler if I won't overclock?


    Yes - CS6 will benefit greatly from hyperthreading, and you don't need a CPU cooler if you plan to overclock, nor do you need the unlocked CPU - you can run off stock speeds and the stock fan.
  6. CS6 benefits from cuda cores when rendering, so i would say the second build.
  7. Get the better CPU for CS6.
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