Hi Fellas, its my first time posting here and just from reading around a bunch of other posts I'm still unsure of what components to use in my new rig. I'm planning to sort of have a hybrid machine for both gaming, video editing, rendering, and productivity needs. After further research I'm unsure whether I should switch platforms and build off an Intel CPU or just upgrade to an FX. Performance is a big issue here as I'm planning on having a sli/crossfire config in the future and don't want to bottleneck. Also, I hope to keep a budget of under $230 for the CPU, and I'm sure I can pick up an Intel Mobo for around $150-$180 if Intel would suit my needs. I also plan to overclock the CPU.
My current specs are:
AMD PHENOM X4 II 840 Black OC'D 3.78ghz (I know its pretty old and not worth overclocking but I did it anyways)
AMD RADEON 7850
8GB Mushkin DDR3 RAM
This is working great for me now, but I really want to get better performance and build a higher end PC from the mobo. I would really Like to build a pc that averages 60+FPS in DX11 games and ultimate settings.
While I was looking at CPUs with my budget here are the ones that caught my eyes:
AMD FX-8350 $190-210
Intel i5 3570k $200-215
Intel 1155 Motherboards:
ASROCK Extreme4 $120-$140
ASUS P8Z77 $120-$200 (Probably aiming for a pro or deluxe for oc ability)
The reason I'm posting this is because I'm really quite unsure which way to go with it because I want to build off a budget but I have a little bit of cash to spare (not to much) for performance. So I was wondering if anyone else had some better ideas or builds to throw at me with the budget and mindset that I'm aiming for.
Is the new build really necessary though? I mean could I get the same performance out of the FX 8350? I know some games are optimized for AMD and some for Intel. But with the FX 8350 wouldn't I have overall better performance with 8 cores than the quad core i5?
And that board is on Amazon for the same price, with free shipping I think I will pick it up if I do go with the Intel build although I've had better experience with Asus in the past.
For starters, the FX processors aren't true 8 core CPUs. They're more like quad cores with hyperthreading. The i5 3570k performs better than the FX 8350 in single threaded applications and nearly muti threaded. The FX narrowly edges out in multi threaded applications, but not significantly enough for it to justify its purchase. Also, in the review, the FX 8350 was overclocked; whereas, the i5 was at stock speeds. Now, imagine if you overclocked that i5 to 4.5GHz. Which is very possible with a cheap aftermarket cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
As for ASRock, they're an excellent company. You can't go wrong with either. Personally, I'd rather save money and get more for my money. Asus overprices their products.
Hmm... Okay, I'm going to be using AutoCad and alot of AutoDesk programs, as well as Sony Vegas and Adobe Photoshop all in 64 bit. And I'll probably be playing all the newest DX11 games like FC3, BF3, etc, and be adding another 7850 or 7870 to cf. Do you think its justified to spend the extra 320 bucks and creating a whole new intel build rather than just spending 200 for the 8350?
BTW, I have a Corsair H60 (I used to have the 212 Evo, but it wouldn't allow my 200mm fan to fit inside my case) so if I do overclock the i5 maybe I could get it to 4.7-4.8ghz?
My apologies. I must not be thinking clearly. I didn't realize you already had an AMD motherboard for the FX 8350. Get the FX 8350. Didn't realize you were only going to have to buy the processor if you went with AMD. Just keep in mind, you're going to take a huge performance hit in single threaded applications such as Skyrim.
(Well, considering I was posting all this at 3:00 in the morning, I can see why my judgement was a bit off, lol) Sorry for the confusion.
Hmm... I'm really tempted to go pick up a FX-8350 but I just need to know one last thing. Will it bottleneck the performance of two crossfired 7970's (I'm planning on upgrading soon)? Assuming I upgrade the mobo to run a 2 x16 config.