1200-1300 Game PC build
no. if you are blowing that much money, get a nice intel rig. the onboard graphics are great for video encoding (faster than the graphics card)
you can overclock and SLI in the future as needed.
AMD for a GPU is a good idea. AMD for a CPU is not a good idea.
CPU + Motherboard: Intel Core i5-3570K + ASRock Z77 Pro3 $306.98 (before $7.65 shipping)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 $32.99
GPU + RAM: HIS IceQ X² Radeon HD 7970 + Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $452.98 (before $25 off w/ promo code HIS797831, ends 8/31)
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SATA III $179.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $69.99
DVD: SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer $18.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion $69.99 (before $20 off w/ promo code EMCNBHB23, ends 9/3)
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE $69.99 (before 15% off w/ promo code EMCNBHG22 , ends 8/29 and $10 mail-in-rebate)
Promo codes: -$60.00
Total: $1149.55 shipped (before $10 mail-in-rebate)
I really don't see any reason to spend more than this unless you a want a Blu-ray drive and/or a multi-GPU setup.
i said the onboard video was good for video encoding. its crap in games
heres a video to back me up. on the 3570k,
allthosemiles said:@hapkido That's a nice setup. Why would you say that AMD would be better for a GPU?
I didn't say it's better, just good. In this specific instance, the 7970 is a better deal (for gaming) than a comparable nvidia 670 because it's a little cheaper. Your encoding program may or may not be able to use the GPU, but if it can, the 7970 should do better there as well.
allthosemiles said:@TheBigTroll alright, I was curious. :P I dare not ask "Intel VS AMD for games" because that's a bit over asked but, for what's current best as far as processor's and GPU's go, when it comes to gaming? (i feel like that's the same question only worded differently.)
Best value for high-end CPU: i5-3570k
Best value for high-end GPU: hd 7970 or gtx 670
hapkido said:I didn't say it's better, just good. In this specific instance, the 7970 is a better deal (for gaming) than a comparable nvidia 670 because it's a little cheaper. Your encoding program may or may not be able to use the GPU, but if it can, the 7970 should do better there as well.
Okay. I was just curious why the difference O.o considering it's my first AMD build I figured i'd post and ask about which would be better.
best gaming processor: i5 3570k or i5 2500k
best gaming GPU for the money: gtx670 or 7970.
for the gpu, it depends what you value. on the nvidia side, most of the games out there favor nvidia cards more than amd cards. in games especially borderlands 2, games look way better because of physx (go on youtube and watch the comparison). CUDA is also great for some 3d rendering. also, nvidia has much better 3d support
on the amd side, there is better multi-monitor support and generally lower prices for the same performance. on the 7000 series, there is also a lot more compute power compared to the 600 series as the 600 series drivers are locked from compute power. bitcoining on a 7000 series card or folding would be much better on a AMD card as a result