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$800 build AMD or Intel

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $800 before rebates but can maybe go over about $10
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing videos and photos, 3D animation, internet

Do you need a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade:

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I used pcpartpicker, I would prefer to only use newegg, NCIX US, Amazon and microcenter.

Location: Dallas (Richardson), Texas, United States

Parts Preferences: preferably reliable company's

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes at a later time maybe in the late spring or summer.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


HERE IS WHAT I HAVE TRIED:

Intel: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tT9n
AMD: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tWCg


I would like something I can play bf3, and blops2 and more in the future. I would need a monitor. I will be overclocking because why not have performance sitting there.

There were a few things I would like to keep, source 220 or a better case if you can find one, and a Decent monitor 21.5 and up must be 1920 x 1080.

I would like to thank you for reading all of this and helping me with this build.

An upgrade won't happen till I get a job which would be late spring early summer so keep that in mind.
But when I will upgrade I will do my own water cooling loop with a new case of course get a new gpu that can support sli but none of this will happen till spring so I would like something that will last and do well till then for $800.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $835.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 17:26 EST-0500)
  2. mrdowntownkiller said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $835.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 17:26 EST-0500)
    +1 this is what i do on that budget. ;)
  3. I like that build but I would preferably like to oc, would the fx-6300 be anywhere near as good as the 3470 at rendering or playing games?
  4. Well i honestly would not know as i am not a amd cpu fan.I use to be but after that whole bulldozer flop i decided that amd was a lost cause.
  5. Best answer
    Actually, Tom's just ran a useful comparison, it's on the front page.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-performance-comparison,3370-16.html

    based on the 8350's performance (@ its stock 4 ghz), a full overclocked 6300 (at least 4.5 ghz) will outperform a 3470 by a bit in games. AMD motherboards are also cheaper for the same features. However, this is offset by the need to buy an aftermarket cooler for the 6300, as well as the higher electricity costs of an overclocked 6300.

    If you're just concerned about game performance, the overclocked 6300 build would do better, partially because the overclocked 6300 would outperform the 3470 (albeit at a much higher wattage), and partially because the AMD platform would save you enough initial money to spring for a stronger video card.

    You wouldn't happen to live near a microcenter, would you?
  6. quilciri said:
    Actually, Tom's just ran a useful comparison, it's on the front page.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-performance-comparison,3370-16.html

    based on the 8350's performance (@ its stock 4 ghz), a full overclocked 6300 (at least 4.5 ghz) will outperform a 3470 by a bit in games. AMD motherboards are also cheaper for the same features. However, this is offset by the need to buy an aftermarket cooler for the 6300, as well as the higher electricity costs of an overclocked 6300.

    If you're just concerned about game performance, the overclocked 6300 build would do better, partially because the overclocked 6300 would outperform the 3470 (albeit at a much higher wattage), and partially because the AMD platform would save you enough initial money to spring for a stronger video card.

    You wouldn't happen to live near a microcenter, would you?


    Funny that you say that I bought a OEM 2500k for $130. so I will end up going the intel route.
  7. Best answer selected by sneakyninja.
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