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January 19, 2013 2:41:51 AM

I am building a gaming rig mostly for world of warcraft, however I would also like to be able to do some video editing. I do not want to spend more than 220ish on my cpu, I have been looking seriously at two cpus which would you go with?

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January 19, 2013 2:43:55 AM

I think the Core i5 is completely overkill and the Phenom isn't good enough for video editing now, a Core i3 3220 should satisfy your gaming needs & video editing if you plan to. Plus, if the 3220 isn't enough, could always upgrade later on.
January 19, 2013 2:53:10 AM

Ok I will take a look at the i3 3220
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January 19, 2013 3:54:28 AM

I was going to use an i3 3220 for a cheaper gaming rig, and I put up a forum post asking if that would be enough for certain games. The answer I got was yes, for the short term. But what they said after was don't bother with it. Im no expert, but in my opinion and about 5-10 other peoples opinion if ur gonna spend $125 on a cpu only to buy a $220 cpu a year later, why not buy the $220 cpu now, and be future proof? Just something I think you should consider.
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January 19, 2013 4:24:59 AM

Yea i agree with comp. save up for the i5. maybie the 6300 would be a better choice than the i3 but there very close. could you wait for haswell? since lga 1155 is dead? whats ur current rig
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January 19, 2013 4:28:19 AM

What fps where you getting mansfield? if hes only playing WoW that setup should hold 60fps?
January 19, 2013 4:32:08 AM

stantheman123 said:
What fps where you getting mansfield? if hes only playing WoW that setup should hold 60fps?

LOL not even close.
January 19, 2013 4:34:09 AM

I get around 30-40 FPS at 1080 surprisingly. when i got this APU i didn't even think it would run anything past high but I was surprised. but you would want to get at least 8GB or ram because it doesn't have dedicated video ram.
January 19, 2013 4:36:00 AM

but for around $400 you can make an APU rig that runs WoW on max.
January 19, 2013 4:37:07 AM

If you're playing wow you'll want the i5 over the i3, in 25 man raids and 40 man bgs the i3 may chug along but the i5 will do fine. as for the phenom its not the worst choice since steamroller will be using am3+ so its not a dead end. whereas intel might be changing direction socket again soonish. but i would still take the intel route if money isnt a problem.
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January 19, 2013 4:37:46 AM

mansfield said:
but for around $400 you can make an APU rig that runs WoW on max.

Then the op should just do that. or he could idk maybie a amd 4300+7850?
January 19, 2013 4:41:13 AM

that would be WAY more expensive lol if anything he could buy another cheap ATI card and it will run in Xfire along with APU, if he needs to.
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January 19, 2013 5:20:55 AM

How much would the apu build be?. did the op say 220 for both cpu and mobo or just cpu?
January 19, 2013 4:56:45 PM

How much would the apu build be?. did the op say 220 for both cpu and mobo or just cpu?


just the cpu
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January 19, 2013 5:02:30 PM

The A10 with its 7660d igpu should easily play wow on ultra, my old 9800gt did, and the ipgu compares similarly to it. the apu also should b able to play bf3 on low at 1080p at barely playable 30fps. For video editing a fx 6300 has the extra cores editing uses, plus it should easily play WoW lol for a gpu a 7770 or 650 gtx, 7850 or 660 gtx are more than enough
January 19, 2013 6:16:57 PM

idiotekniques said:
if there is a microcenter near you they have often been running deals on a new i5 3570k for $169 and the i7 3770k for $220

just picked up a new i53570k for $169 a couple weeks back.

just checked now, the i5 3570k is $189 (in-store pickup only)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...




How is the i5 3570k treating you? I do have a microcenter about 2.5 hrs away not sure if its worth the drive for just that or not
January 19, 2013 7:23:32 PM

kingblood69 said:
How is the i5 3570k treating you? I do have a microcenter about 2.5 hrs away not sure if its worth the drive for just that or not


well for a 5 hour round trip drive you should consider amazon prices vs gas you will use to save that money.

i came from a q6600 to this i5 3570k and it is a whole nother planet. i have this oc'd to 4.4ghz with minimal voltage increases and good temps. my fps in bf3 at 1920x1200 with a 58501gb card went from low 30's to 40 with everything on low to 50's-60 with v-sync on and most settings on high and ultra (besides AA)

everything is super snappy, editing photos in lr4 is so much faster, mergint to 32 bit hdr is much faster. basically, it kicks ass and i notice it in everything i do. i also came from 4gb ram to 16gb ram.

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