Hi im torn between this 2 setup for my brother PC will be buying this coming holiday. Actually i dont have plans on doing SLI or CF but much better to get mobos that can. Cant say in the next few years if my brother would be adding another VC. Gonna be using this for a 1080p reso. I know there not much of a difference when using PCIe 2 or 3 but it can also be an advantage in gaming.
Both systems are wonderful and would run very similar fps in planet side 2, though I would give the nod toward the FX in future performance compared to the i5. The wind is going in 1 direction and that's more thread optimization. Right now the i5 should have the better fps though. If I had a choice between the two I would take the amd build.
I would take the intel build. I have a really hard time recommending a AMD platform. There isn't much multi threading support beyond 4 cores so you will see a lot of cases where the 8 core just gets beat to hell with the i5 platform. Haswell is going to be more of a power consumption drop more then anything the performance increase will be very small its the generation after that which is supposed to be the performance hike. watch this video.
The only place it did okay was in intensive gaming at high resolutions, where the CPU and memory performance matters less than GPU power.
Which is, at the end of it all, about the size of it. We used the very best possible setup to give the FX8350 every chance of proving its worth. If you've already got an ageing AM3 setup, then the FX8350 is the best option available as a decent upgrade for a decent price. If you are looking to upgrade a full system then it's impossible to recommend. It's too slow, it draws too much power, it's too hot. It's just not worth it.
We so wanted this to be a return to form for AMD. This is the best they have to offer, and they are still a mile behind the competition. If you've already got an AMD setup and can only afford a CPU upgrade then this is just worthy of our OC3D Bronze award. For everybody else, steer well clear. For AMD, start with a fresh sheet of paper.