Building new PC, need CPU opinions.

Hello there!

So I'm building a new computer from the scratch. It will be used mostly for gaming, and i am looking to build something that would put my mind off of worries of upgrading for the next few years.

Right now I would like to ask for suggestions/opinions regarding the CPU.
I think it's relevant to say which motherboard i'm going with. Therefore the motherboard that i'll probably go with is
** ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131876


I have 2 CPU in mind, and i can't make my mind on a single one. Any different suggestions are welcome as well.
The first CPU that i have in mind is, -
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284

And the other CPU that i can't decide between is,-
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

So... A penny for your thoughts.

P.S. i still haven't decided on whether I am going with ATI Radeon GPU or nVidia. So if you got any thoughts on that, add them in, it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you upfront.
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  1. go with the i7-3930k as it is the far better cpu and being on 2011 socket you will have a better upgrade path in the future not that you will need to change that cpu for a few years as it is a beast with 6 cores and hyper threading giving it 12 threads. also intel cpu's are much better than amd ones. :)
  2. +1 to kenny

    he is correct go with the i7, it's one of the best cores in the market today for extreme performance
  3. both of them are good cpu...but i will suggest you to cut some cost on the cpu and put that on the gpu because most of the games would require a good gpu then the cpu...new core i5 3570 is also a good gaming cpu its a quad core
  4. If you want to buy a really future proof PC, go with the 3930K.
    It's easily the fastest (non ridiculously priced) CPU on the market.

    Since it uses the LGA 2011 platform, not AM3+ you will need to change the motherboard.
    Since i saw you're looking at high end stuff, take a look at this board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    It's not exactly high-end but it's not going to limit overclocking in any way and im sure you won't miss any of the hih end board' features.

    Or if you want a really high end motherboard, those two should be on your shortlist.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1176006&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1176014&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  5. +1 to mohit_king.

    In that price rang Intel's offerings offer much better gaming performance than anything AMD. The i5 3570k is currently at the top of the heap for gaming and is considerably cheaper than an i7 3770k and less than half the price of the i7 3930k.

    The i5 doesn't offer hyper threading but this is currently a moot point as 99% of games don't support it anyways. I guess if you have the budget you could spend the extra $75 to $100 to get a 3770k which MAY be a tad more future-resistant. I think these are the two best options (assuming you want to be able to overclock) along with a decent z77 mobo.

    An argument could be made that socket 1155 is reaching end of life, so the socket 2011 mobo to accomodate the 3930k should allow a longer timeframe for future upgrades. However I can't see how its worth it when its double the price now and by the time a 3570k or 3770k doesn't have enough power the rest of your components will all be in need of replacement anyways.

    But don't take my word for it - this whole article is a great read. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-4.html If you go to the last page of the article you'll see the hierarchy chart showing that all 3 CPUs I mentionned are in the top tier (and above anything AMD offers).

    If your doing heavy video editing, the extra cores/threads of 3770k and 3930k will crush the 3570k, but for gaming there is no advantage at this point in time.
  6. The 3930K is a waste of money for a gaming system. Go with the i5-3570K.
  7. "It will be used mostly for gaming"

    If that's the case, you don't need anything more powerful than the I5 3570K. It meets or beats the 3930K for gaming and thrashes the FX 8350.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=552
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=697

    No game uses the 6 cores of the 3930K, let alone the 8 cores of the FX 8350. Use the extra money to get some extra graphics. That's where you'll get the most performance.
  8. again i will advice dont go with the amd fx....you can get an i3 3220 or i5 3570k.....out of these two i5 3570k is currently the best gaming cpu you can get though it is a expensive then the 3220 ........again i will say you can get way more good perfomance then the amd fx with the intel core i3 3220
  9. Hi :)

    For graphics you NEED to spend at least 33% of your total budget on the graphics card for a GAMING machine...

    All the best Brett :)
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