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I5 2500k / 3570k vs AMD Piledriver FX-6300 / FX-8350

I am trying to decide if it is worth the extra money to go with a i5 2500k or a 3570k for my gaming rig compared to the new Vishera piledrivers by AMD (FX-6300 or FX-8350)

I want to get a

XFX FX-795A-TNFC Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150590
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$314.99

which is why I was thinking about the FX-6300 due to price. Im wondering though if I will see bottlenecking and if i should go with a GPU in the $200 range and a CPU in the $300 range like an i5. What do you all suggest? Please help! I am planning on buying my gaming PC today.

Thanks.
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  1. Any of those cpus will work fine with the 7950. If you were going to crossfire it, however, I would have to recommend Intel.
  2. I wouldnt plan on crossfiring for a couple years. I just havent heard much on the new piledrivers. Are they much better than say a Phenom II x4 965 BE?
  3. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=699 See for yourself. It looks like the 6300 is a little better, but I hate the way the settings are on a low resolution. They will probably be very similar at 1920x1080 ultra 4xaa.
  4. Best answer
    My rule of thumb for a balanced gamer is to budget twice the cost of the cpu for the graphics card.
    The 7950 is a very nice $300 graphics card; comparable to a GTX670 if you like Nvidia better.

    The FX-6300 is an OK $140 cpu which might be appropriate, but the AMD chips lack the individual core processing power that games need. Games rarely use more than 2-3 cores .
    You would be better off with a i3-3220 for $130.
    Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's.
    Note that the i3-3220 is about 15% more capable than the i3-2100.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-6.html

    If you live near a microcenter, they will sell you a 2500K for $160 or a 3570K for $170. Great deals, but instore pick up only.

    While a 3570K is, perhaps stronger than you need, it is as good as it gets for gaming.
    Buy one if your budget will allow.
    I expect it to be a 4 year chip since I do not see a great enough boost from haswell next year to compel an upgrade.

    And... perhaps you can post a list of your other parts, links, and budget.
    Perhaps we can see a way to better allocate your budget.
  5. This is what I have put together so far.


    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $34.99
    $29.99
    1

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    Item #: N82E16820231428
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$39.99 Saving
    $39.99
    $0.00
    1

    AMD Gift - 4-in-1 Game Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800995140
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$169.99 Saving
    $169.99
    $0.00
    Subtotal: $29.99
    Calculate Shipping
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    FREE 2-Day Shipping learn more

    Shipping: $0.00



    SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS
    Item #: N82E16827151257
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$4.00 Instant
    $20.99
    $16.99


    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $39.99


    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148840
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Recover Your Data(expand for options)
    -$30.00 Instant
    $109.99
    $79.99


    GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128519
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$25.00 Instant
    $114.99
    $89.99


    XFX FX-795A-TNFC Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814150590
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $314.99


    Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817371059
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$20.00 Instant
    $99.99
    $79.99


    Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 M7J-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse
    Item #: N82E16823109235
    Return Policy: Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $37.99
    $22.99


    AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
    Item #: N82E16819113286
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $139.99

    Subtotal: $784.92
  6. If you plan on OC the CPU go with the i5-3570k otherwise the i5-3470 is better for you.
    The 'K' series are for OCing purposes.
  7. Read this article on best gaming cpu's for the money:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html
  8. Question is what games do you want to play on it now and what sort of applications do you run when not gaming?
  9. This is the setup I ended up going with.

    SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS
    Item #: N82E16827151257
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$4.00 Instant
    $20.99
    $16.99


    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $39.99


    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148697
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Recover Your Data(expand for options)
    -$60.00 Instant
    $109.99
    $49.99


    ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814121651
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$30.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $219.99
    $189.99
    1

    AMD Gift - FARCRY3 / MOH 2-in-1 Game Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800995141
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$69.99 Saving
    $69.99
    $0.00


    OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    Item #: N82E16817341018
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$20.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $129.99
    $109.99


    Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 M7J-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse
    Item #: N82E16823109235
    Return Policy: Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $37.99
    $22.99


    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
    Item #: N82E16820231461
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $39.99


    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Item #: N82E16819116504
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $229.99
    $219.99


    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157296
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
    1 year: $14.99 INCLUDED
    $109.99

    Subtotal: $799.91

    I got a few things at microcenter though so the subtotal actually came out at $720 before mail in rebates which will put it around $680.

    Thanks for the help guys. =)
  10. Best answer selected by ericjr85.
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