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Budget Gaming System - AMD Build vs Intel - Help choose better parts

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October 14, 2012 6:44:10 AM

Budget: 800-850 Dollars (Inlcuding shipping) Has to include OS/Keyboard and Mouse

Goal: Trying to figure out which build to go with, I wanna lower the price on the AMD Build/Intel Build if possible (I also wanna keep the performance as close as possible if!!!!) I wanna try and save some money as possible, but dont wanna get crap cheap parts.

Uses: Gaming, Internet, Video/Music, Skype, Microsoft Office/Visual Studio.

I will only be doing slight gaming such as (World of Warcraft, Diable 3, Starcraft, Maybe some skyrim type games) FPS games right now will pretty much only be played on my xbox, but that might change.


Please give me suggestions on these 2 builds. Please only use facts (no intel/amd fanboys). I do not need any optical drives.

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Here is the Intel

This has a 7850 GPU

-------------------INTEL BUILD-------------------

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kbcN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kbcN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kbcN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-P2U Wired Optical Mouse ($8.94 @ Amazon)
Total: $801.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

-------------------INTEL BUILD-------------------

Here is the AMD

This has a 7870 GPU

I plan on over clocking this build. Both CPU and Possibly GPU.

---------------------AMD BUILD-------------------
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kgXF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kgXF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kgXF/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Gemin II S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: IOGEAR GKM513 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($11.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $783.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

---------------------AMD BUILD-------------------

October 14, 2012 7:14:19 AM

Which one should i choose? Opinions on parts?
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October 14, 2012 7:22:37 AM

I like the intel build better anytime you add a dedicated card to that build it will destroy the amd fusion build by far. The only thing I really dislike is the PSU the minimum is 500 watts for 7850 so something like a corsair 650 watt would be more optimal in my mind. Something like this. I say this because the one thing you really shouldn't skimp out on is your power supply. Also keep in mind that your memory ceiling with premium is 16 gigs where as professional which is 192 but 16 should should be sufficient for anyone at the moment.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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October 14, 2012 7:27:59 AM

bigshootr8 said:
I like the intel build better anytime you add a dedicated card to that build it will destroy the amd fusion build by far. The only thing I really dislike is the PSU the minimum is 500 watts for 7850 so something like a corsair 650 watt would be more optimal in my mind. Something like this. I say this because the one thing you really shouldn't skimp out on is your power supply. Also keep in mind that your memory ceiling with premium is 16 gigs where as professional which is 192 but 16 should should be sufficient for anyone at the moment.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


The AMD build has a 7870 though where as the Intel has an 7850
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October 14, 2012 7:31:13 AM

Even so the intel build with the i5 will give it a pretty sizable edge
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October 14, 2012 7:33:37 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Even so the intel build with the i5 will give it a pretty sizable edge


Oh wow, even with OCing the A10?

I would think with the AMD build having a 7870 it would win? I guess, the processor makes up for the difference in the GPU's?
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October 14, 2012 8:06:31 AM

No it would not matter a i5 will destroy anything that amd will have to offer. you can check out benchmarks they will agree when you put a graphics card in tandem with a intel it pretty much destroys it. I mean the fusion processors from amd are meant for gamers on a budget that or HTPC's. And yes you would get a better computer with the cpu's even with the 7850 being worse then then 7870
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October 14, 2012 8:28:26 AM

sktittles said:
Oh wow, even with OCing the A10?

I would think with the AMD build having a 7870 it would win? I guess, the processor makes up for the difference in the GPU's?


The AMD build with 7870 would be faster for most games. The processor doesn't make up for the difference unless the CPU is a bottleneck. You can check benchmarks, but I'm not aware that the A10 would be a bottleneck for a 7870 for most games, especially when overclocked.
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October 14, 2012 8:30:45 AM

I'm with skittles on this, A good GPU is going to go further than the extra CPU horsepower in a game.

I've edited your Intel build below

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/khhL

Since you were paying $210 on a 7850(which is enough money to get you a factory overclocked 7870), I went ahead and changed that. I also added what I think would be a better PSU.
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October 14, 2012 9:07:34 AM

Yes for the most part yes the GPU will get you further. And if you are able to get the same gpu as you did with the AMD build why not just go with the Intel build. Why bother sticking yourself with a a10 when you can have a i5 no one in there right mind would do that. unless you were short on cash.
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October 14, 2012 9:10:10 AM

Also people who buy a dedicated card like a 7850 or 7870 have no real business touching a a10 plateform.
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October 14, 2012 4:51:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kiE3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kiE3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kiE3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-P2U Wired Optical Mouse ($8.94 @ Amazon)
Total: $804.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


So i changed a few things. How can I lower the amount of money in this build, but still keep the same amount or as close as possible (quality parts)?
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October 14, 2012 5:38:58 PM

Also do I really need a 550W PSU?
And is a 3470 worth the upgrade over the 3450?
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October 14, 2012 7:23:53 PM

no the 3470 is not its a 100 mhz upgrade save the cash. You need something over 500watts because the minimum for your graphics requires it.
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