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FX-6300 + HD7850 || i5 3470 + HD7770-

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November 18, 2012 12:52:36 PM

Hi guys,

I'm on a budget and I've got three choices:

-> FX-6300 + HD7850
-> i3-3220 + HD7850 ( I'd be saving like 20€ here if I choosed i3 instead of the FX-6300 but it would not be enough to improve the GPU )
-> i5-3470 + Any other card below HD7850

I don't know which should I choose for better performance because:

-> The FX 6300 is faster than i3-3220;
-> The Core i5 is faster than both FX-6300 and i3;
-> The i3-3220 is the slower CPU there.

Thanks.
November 18, 2012 1:25:46 PM

Btw, I'll be using the machine principally for gaming in 1680x1050 ( will be 1920x1080 if the FPS would not drop much or the FPS is too high and I have "space" for drops; can be lower resolutions too ), will use it for programming, watch HD movies and ***.
November 18, 2012 2:44:32 PM

wait till Black Friday OR til December and try for a 3470/3550 and a 7850. Im sure there will be good deals to be had. If need be save a little bit more for the above combo, although even the i3 will be able to match the FX 6300 in gaming.
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November 18, 2012 3:56:38 PM

I'm not going to buy the machine before Black Friday so... FU xD
November 18, 2012 4:05:47 PM

( Sorry for the two reply but i get no permissions to edit reply ) I might try to make some deal with users but it's almost impossible so i'm awaiting ppl to give some hand and tell me what should i do.
November 18, 2012 4:49:17 PM

So, which should I buy?

Case: Gigabyte GZ-MK01 - 19.90€ PCDiga
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz BE - 134€ PCDiga
Mobo: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 - 69.90€ PCDiga
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 Dual-X - 155.99€ Pixmania
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series DDR3-1600 8GB - 31.90€ Pixmania
Power: XFX Pro 450W Core Edition - 49.90€ PCDiga
Optical: LG 24x DVD-RW SATA - 17.90€ PCDiga

To buy later:

- Combo: Logitech MK120 - 19.50€ PCDiga
- Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd - 115.90€ @ Pixmania

- Seagate Barracuda 1TB - 73.99€ Pixmania

Price: 479.49€

Or:

Case: Gigabyte GZ-MK01 - 19.90€ PCDiga
CPU: Intel Core i5-3350p - 165.00€ PCDiga
Mobo: Asus P8B75-M LX - 61.50€ PCDiga
GPU: Sapphire HD7850 DualX - 155.99€ Pixmania
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series DDR3-1600 8GB - 31.90€ Pixmania
Power: XFX Pro 450W Core Edition - 49.90€ PCDiga
Optical: LG 24x DVD-RW SATA - 17.90€ PCDiga

To buy later:

- Combo: Logitech MK120 - 19.50€ PCDiga
- Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd - 115.90€ @ Pixmania

- Seagate Barracuda 1TB - 73.99€ Pixmania

Price: 502.09€

Is the i5 worth the 22.60€ more? Should I stick with i3? If I'd stick with i3 I'd save like 40/60€, I don't know what would I use these 40-60€ in. I think the i5 would be better...
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November 18, 2012 4:52:15 PM

go for the 2nd one.Yes that i5 is definitely worth the extra buck.
November 18, 2012 5:00:22 PM

Okay, ty.
January 18, 2013 5:15:06 AM

finally a forum without a single argument over intel vs amd.

here is my unbias knowledge:
Basically an fx 6300 wouldn't bottleneck a 7850 and not even a 7850 crossfire. Expect a difference of 3 fps in non cpu demanding games. In more cpu dependent games, which don't render multi-cores (amd's strongsuit), expect a decent drop in performance; this is caused because the intel core hyper threads anyways, whereas amd makes up for it by using multiple cores: something older games did not incorporate. BF3 can you like 3 or 4 cores (3 confirmed).

7850 recommends a 550-600 watt psu, but a 500 80+ will do fine. for crossfire however, a 700 80+ will do, with 720 watts recommended for an amd system. Overclocking wouldn't be wise with a 700 watt system while crossfiring with standard 700 watt psu which is what I have. 3.5 (OC to 4Ghz) is enough for me but I only OC if I drop below 30 fps on GTA IV
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January 18, 2013 9:08:38 AM

Yea go for the i5. i bought a amd 6300 ONLY to see how amd preforms it was a risky move since its my main gaming rig. however at stock clocks i was less than thrilled it bottlenecked my 7970ghz it wasnt getting 99% gpu usage, it was getting around 75% however when i put it too 4.5ghz well i have no complaints it feels like a Lamborghini 99% gpu usage haha. That being said though. Get the i5 lower power, more per core perfomance and well its intel. haha
January 18, 2013 9:17:58 AM

id go with the 6300 and 7850 as the 6300 should match the i3 clock for clock but it has 1 more core (6300 is triple core cpu labeled as hex)
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January 18, 2013 9:55:59 AM

timil said:
id go with the 6300 and 7850 as the 6300 should match the i3 clock for clock but it has 1 more core (6300 is triple core cpu labeled as hex)

Oh yes i agree. if its between the 6300 and i3 No competion 6300>i3 however when you throw the i5 in the mix. it seems like the better choice
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