I'm stuck between two builds (Vishera VS i7 Ivy Bridge). Need advice.

So, through various tweaks I think I'm finally settled on two different builds. The price difference is only about $150. The sticking point is the lower cost of the AMD build but that $150 gets me the i7-3770K and an SSD which seems like a no brainer but $150 is $150, haha. So, I guess I'm looking for some peer pressure.

What do you guys think?

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  1. That is true. It doesn't help I just widened the gap to $200 by replacing the AMD build's motherboard. I'd put it on the wishlist but it's a combo item.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280
  2. What will this system be mainly used for?
  3. Little bit of everything. Gaming and programming mostly which includes hosting MS SQL Server locally. I also dabble in some 3D modeling and working with various game construction sets to make mods.
  4. Then the decision is easy, Intel all the way :D
  5. I agree.

    Programs, games and many applications tend to be Intel friendly. the i7 3770k blows the doors off the AMD's latest processor.
  6. Well..depends on your pocket actually..:)

    if you want to do a real heavy duty work of rendering, modelling, gaming and other program that need huge computing power, nothing can beat intel i7 series..

    But if can stand with little longer time when rendering, have a little time to do some overclocking, and you cannot burn your pocket..go with vishera..

    in rendering work, fx8350 just a hair slower than i7 2600k, and with overclocking, this little bunny will do your job even faster...

    so you say, that you save $150 when build with intel..
    From that money, add a good cooler, for example Corsair H100 for better overclocking experiences..
    and a new shiny SSD will make your system blazing fast..:D
  7. Quote:
    There is always a third option ;D

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

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($143.98 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Other: wireless adapter ($25.99)
    Total: $1290.84

    You're evil! :ouch:
  8. If you are gaming at 1080p resolution or above you wont notice any difference between the intel and the AMD, except the AMD will be cheaper

    Alternately you can spend another $100 on a graphics card for the AMD build and game better than the intel and it will still be cheaper

    Either way avoid the rosewill challenger . It won an award for being cheap not for being good
    and the aftermarket cpu cooler is probably not even as good as the stock AMD cooler

    Get a scythe mugen or similar tower cooler or dont bother
  9. Once you experience a SSD, you'll never want to go back. It's not just boot times, it upgrades total system responsiveness. If you want to compromise the budget, stick with the AMD and put those savings toward a SSD ( 128GB is my minimum recommendation. ) Newegg had some specials today to get a 128GB SSD for under $100.

    While Ivy Bridge beats Vishera in a lot of benchmarks, the difference isn't nearly as pronounced as Sandy Bridge vs Zambezi. If you're not doing really intensive workloads, you may not even notice the difference. It definitely won't make a difference in gaming ( except those few titles like Skyrim that have a problem with Bulldozer architecture. )

    Just be careful on the Vishera, it sounds like it doesn't play nice with some boards, just like Ivy Bridge requires a firmware update on a lot of older LGA 1155 boards.
  10. The AMD offers better value while the Intel build offers slightly better performance. It's a trade off.
  11. majestic1805 said:
    So, through various tweaks I think I'm finally settled on two different builds. The price difference is only about $150. The sticking point is the lower cost of the AMD build but that $150 gets me the i7-3770K and an SSD which seems like a no brainer but $150 is $150, haha. So, I guess I'm looking for some peer pressure.

    What do you guys think?

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16367891
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=28556388
  12. An AMD vishera is better than an IVY bridge, but not as good as a Sandy bridge. What I would do is go for the vishera (8350) and overclock it to 4.4 ghz, you will need after-market cooling. The real difference is 8 thread(digital) cores vs. 8 logical cores(analog) and 3.5 ghz vs. 4.2 ghz.
    I use AMD and it works fantastic for skyrim on maximum settings, and is the worlds only true 8 core processor. The Vishera-8350 is intel fast, but not intel over-priced. Go AMD
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