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Intel Build vs AMD Build - which parts list is better?

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December 9, 2012 4:33:23 PM

I have two systems that I am deciding between. They both use most of the same components except for different motherboards and CPU's. This is my first build so I would like some advice on which one would be better. This build is meant to be a fast home computer but also be upgrade-able (with better graphics) to a stellar 3D modeling/rendering computer.

Since this is my first build, let me know if you see any problems or if you have any suggestions. Thanks!

Here is a link to both builds:
AMD: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ryET
Intel: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rFwk


Parts that are different:

Intel:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
- Mobo: Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6 Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP

AMD:
- CPU: AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD8350FRHKBOX
- Mobo: ASUS M5A99X Evo - AM3+ - 990X - SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 - ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboards
- Basic Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1 GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Express Graphics Card 100292DDR3L


Parts that are the same for both builds:

- Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower
- Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600Mhz PC3 12800 Desktop Memory CMV8GX3M2A1600C​11
- Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003
- Storage 2: SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25​
- PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-U​S)
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)
December 9, 2012 4:36:31 PM

You might want a better graphics card?
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December 9, 2012 4:45:09 PM

Mrcoltux said:
You might want a better graphics card?


Thanks for the reply!
I hope to add that in the near future, but for right now I just need something that will work for school. I do want to be able to upgrade it easily though to a great 3D modeling computer when I have more cash.
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December 9, 2012 4:56:50 PM

the 8350 is better than any i5 in overall performance thats obvious its 8 cores vs 4 with hyper threading. but if you look at per core you cant beat intel the question is is it worth less brute force to be a bit faster in certain things i'd say no some say yes.
the fx series has been a great gift to those who do 3d rendering and such, its on par with intel i7's for half the price plus i've heard you can easily get the 6300 up to 5ghz so the 8350 might go higher with a good cooler

also for upgrades in the future if you need to for the cpu amd seems to have good compatibility in the past, am3 sockets some could get new bios and work with am3+ and the piledriver is the same socket as bulldozer
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December 9, 2012 5:00:34 PM

please do NOT get a cooler master extreme power+ PSU; those are complete fails.

a corsair, XFX, antec or seasonic at 550 watt will be much better and allow you to upgrade to any single graphics card when you do.
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December 9, 2012 5:02:25 PM

If it were me I would go with the AMD and a good liquid cooler like the Corsair H100 .
and at least a 6770 or even 7770 graphic card on the cheap.

Those chips overclock like a Bandit !!!

FWIW

jer :) 
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December 9, 2012 8:53:08 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies! I think I will go with the AMD FX-8350. I am not sure I will overclock because at this point I would have no idea what I am doing. But when I have everything built and I am ready to upgrade my graphics card, I will consider it then.
I will also consider purchasing a better power supply. I have read a few things recently that said you really don't want to skimp in this area.
Thanks!
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December 9, 2012 8:53:44 PM

Best answer selected by randalld.
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December 10, 2012 5:23:57 AM

My Friend just built a FX-8350 and he doesn't know how to overclock either but he has it at 4.8GHZ just using AOD and has had it up to 5.1Ghz (but not stable).

It took me days to find the right setting to get that high on my FX-6100 and only 100% stable at 4.75GHZ!!!

I want a FX-8350 real bad !!!! He,he,he,he

jer :) 
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December 10, 2012 12:48:10 PM

geraldfryjr said:
My Friend just built a FX-8350 and he doesn't know how to overclock either but he has it at 4.8GHZ just using AOD and has had it up to 5.1Ghz (but not stable).

It took me days to find the right setting to get that high on my FX-6100 and only 100% stable at 4.75GHZ!!!

I want a FX-8350 real bad !!!! He,he,he,he

jer :) 


Good to know! Thanks jer!
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December 10, 2012 8:18:53 PM

geraldfryjr said:
My Friend just built a FX-8350 and he doesn't know how to overclock either but he has it at 4.8GHZ just using AOD and has had it up to 5.1Ghz (but not stable).

It took me days to find the right setting to get that high on my FX-6100 and only 100% stable at 4.75GHZ!!!

I want a FX-8350 real bad !!!! He,he,he,he

jer :) 


yeah you need to do some research before you dive in, to get it stable you need a good cooler, the stock will only do for turbo mode still 4ghz is a great speed plus its 8 cores
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December 11, 2012 3:27:25 AM

Rendering is much better on 8350 than 3570K, the 8 cores+Piledriver architecture is better for rendering
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December 11, 2012 7:24:19 PM

Yes, A good cooler is a must !!!

My friend and I both use a Corsair H100 cooler.

FWIW

jer :) 
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