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December 26, 2012 9:38:23 PM

Ok, so I have an FX-8120 at 4.3 GHz with an Asus M5A99X EVO AM3+ and a GTX 670. I am looking to upgrade my cpu and I have a choice of the FX-8350, I5 3570K or the I7 3820. Which CPU is the best for gaming (I know its been asked a lot) for games such as Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, Hitman Absolution, Crysis 1 + 2, and Total War games. If I were to get the FX-8350, i would keep my motherboard and overclock it to 4.8 GHz. The I5 3570K I would get an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and overclock it to 4.0 GHz. For the I7 3820 I would get the EVGA X79 SLI 132-SE-E775-K2 and overclock it to 4.2 GHz. Please help me using close to the specs I have provided and maybe give me some fps if you have it.

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December 26, 2012 9:50:14 PM

I say i5 3570 & the mobo if you have the cash to do it - that i7 is very unnecessary because threads make a very little difference in gaming, and to be honest the i5 does beat out the 8320 pretty well. That's my preference, because your GPU is good, but if you wanna save cash you could just get the 8320 and buy a better cooler to overclock it higher.
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December 26, 2012 10:52:36 PM

I'd take the fx 8350 or 8320, imo the i5 doesn't beat it by a large enough margin to warrant the added cost of a new motherboard.
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December 27, 2012 10:02:01 PM

I've been looking and I think I'd rather just go with the 8350 now and maybe wait until Haswell comes out and see what that is like.
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December 27, 2012 10:21:33 PM

mlcaouette said:
I'd take the fx 8350 or 8320, imo the i5 doesn't beat it by a large enough margin to warrant the added cost of a new motherboard.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/11/06/amd-fx-8350...
so 30% isn't a large enough margin?
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December 27, 2012 10:41:24 PM

Getting a new Intel motherboard and i5 3570k would cost at least $300, closer to $350. An FX 8350 is only $210 on newegg. The FX 8350 also destroys the i5 in heavily threaded programs so is it worth the extra $100 for a 30% increase in lightly threaded apps and games, yet you lose drastically in heavily threaded apps? If anything wait until Haswell and keep your 8120 until then.
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December 27, 2012 10:57:55 PM

get out with the "heavily threaded apps" B.S. those are few and FAR in between; which BTW is off topic since the OP stated:
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Which CPU is the best for gaming

and for that, to put it bluntly, AMD FX series are a FAIL.

at least $300-$350?? :lol: 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $249.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 19:56 EST-0500)

so for $40 he gets a better gaming system . . .
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December 28, 2012 2:10:57 AM

So for 250 dollars you get a crappy motherboard and a locked cpu, awesome! Or for 170 dollars the op could just get a fx 8320. Ultimately the decision is up to the OP.

Everyone has their opinions, there was no need to get all defensive about it.

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December 28, 2012 2:19:17 AM

mlcaouette said:
So for 250 dollars you get a crappy motherboard and a locked cpu, awesome! Or for 170 dollars the op could just get a fx 8320. Ultimately the decision is up to the OP.

Everyone has their opinions, there was no need to get all defensive about it.

Actually, the 3470 is slightly unlocked - you can turn up the multiplier up to 3-4 from what I've read. Anyway, whatever you wanna pay for CPU. IMO, Haswell isn't gonna be worth buying because all it's gonna be is a massive GPU upgrade for Intel really, not much on the processor side. It's what you wanna do, the 8320 is good, especially if you overclock!
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December 28, 2012 4:36:10 AM

mlcaouette said:
So for 250 dollars you get a crappy motherboard and a locked cpu, awesome! Or for 170 dollars the op could just get a fx 8320. Ultimately the decision is up to the OP.

Everyone has their opinions, there was no need to get all defensive about it.

an asrock H77 pro4 crappy?
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Moreover, when it comes to things such as preventing interference and delivering a nice stable power supply, a thicker board with more layers is usually better. Then again, overclocking is not on the menu for any Intel H77 board, so those issues are a lot less critical than they might have been.
Instead, the fact that you get nearly all the features offered by more expensive H77 models, such as the Asus P8H77-M Pro, makes for a very attractive proposition . . .
Build quality doubts aside, the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP is a lot of H77 action for the money.

i see no reference using the word crappy in that review.
and does it matter that the cpu is locked? it still games better than an 8320, which is $180, anywhere from 15% to 30%.

there is no need for me to be defensive. esp not to the point of overpricing one platform while under pricing the cost of another . .
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December 28, 2012 5:17:19 AM

Where did I over/under price either platform? You said 249.98 that's pretty close to 250 wouldn't you say? And with the ten dollar promo code the 8320 is 169.99 which is pretty close to $170.

And all Montosaurous pointed out was what a 3570k and a mid to high range motherboard would cost. Keeping in mind these are the items the op was looking at buying 219.99 for the 3570k on newegg and 134.99 for the asrock z77 extreme.

The motherboard has 27% one star reviews on newegg, all from verified owners. That is pretty crappy in my eyes.

I'm done arguing, we clearly don't see eye to eye on which upgrade would provide the most value for the money.
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December 28, 2012 5:23:14 AM

mlcaouette said:
Where did I over/under price either platform? You said 249.98 that's pretty close to 250 wouldn't you say? And with the ten dollar promo code the 8320 is 169.99 which is pretty close to $170.

And all Montosaurous pointed out was what a 3570k and a mid to high range motherboard would cost. Keeping in mind these are the items the op was looking at buying 219.99 for the 3570k on newegg and 134.99 for the asrock z77 extreme.

The motherboard has 27% one star reviews on newegg, all from verified owners. That is pretty crappy in my eyes.

I'm done arguing, we clearly don't see eye to eye on which upgrade would provide the most value for the money.

BINGO!

you suggest the OP spends $170 ( i beg your pardon not seeing thew temp promo) for a 5%-10% upgrade. i suggest he spend $250 for a 15% to 30% upgrade.

its not hard to see which is a better price/performance value, huh?

btw, i think Montosaurous can explain himself w/o help . . .
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