Approximate Purchase Date: in December around Boxing Day
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $550
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Producing electronic music, watching movies, streaming movies to Samsung 3D LED Smart TV
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, NCIX
Location: Toronto, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU and higher or AMD FX CPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This PC should be able to handle call of duty games, be able to run Abelton, Cubase, FL Studio, Propellerhead Reason, Be able to hold alot of Mp3 files, 720p & 1080p HD Movies, i also have Logitech X-540 Speakers that i need to work with the new PC.
And Most Importantly, 6 year old, Pc way too slow, graphics card died. need to be able to have something that can multi-task better, not slow down the PC when holding HD Movie files.
Umm personally I wouldn't go for an Intel build, honestly at your budget range it wouldn't be smart to since to get a balanced gaming+multi-thread build you have to sacrifice graphics for the i5 3450. Not with it IMO when the FX-8320 is $10 less than the i5 3450 and has 8 threads plus the ability to overclock as well.
Will i have to update BIOS or anything when i install the FX-6300 into the AsRock 970 Extreme3? or will it all work?
It depends which revision of the board it is, Newegg might be able to tell you. Or you could ask them to update the BIOS before they ship the board, they might do that for you. Some retailers will.
Both the FX-6 and i3 would be fine to be honest. If your most demanding game is CoD, personally I would get an Ivy Bridge i5 with the HD 7770. The HD 7770 should handle CoD fine, probably on the highest settings or close enough.
The B75MA-P45 doesn't support 5.1 audio though. The ASRock H77M does, it's one of the cheapest boards I can find that would be suitable for the Intel build while running 5.1 audio.
Basically, anything i3/FX-4 or better with 8GB RAM and at least HD 7770 equivalent GPU is fine. Just depends where you want to drop the remaining cash, CPU or GPU. CPU is better for making the build last longer before replacing the mobo/CPU and also better for the audio stuff, GPU is better for gaming. I'll just point out, the HD 7850 is a hell of a lot better than the HD 7770 so it is a nice option as well.
I'm not tc but I'm interested in this as well. Would the Intel build have room for upgrades? Also how well would it run a game like BF3 (lack of a better benchmark) or some MMOs like Phantasy Star Online 2 at max settings?
The i5 build would be relatively upgrade-able. It could handle a much better graphics card should you want to upgrade it, it could handle more RAM, a SSD etc.
The only problems are that that is pretty much the best gaming CPU on that socket and you can't overclock it. I don't think Intel are going to continue with 1155 although I could be wrong. It is more than fine for games currently though.
The only two ivybridge cpus that can overclock are too expensive for this kind of budget,it will require also a decent aftermaket cooler, and for people without knowledge of how to do it, the non k i5 series will meet their requirements with no substantial loss of performance vs overclocked cpu in most cases.
The main difference between the i5 and i3(ivybridge) is the i5 has pcie 3.0 support and it's a quad core vs i3 dual core with 4 threads with hyperthreading.
As of it now, with few games benefiting quad core cpus, the i3 more a 660 gtx will have better performance than a i5 more a 7770.