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January 3, 2013 11:14:33 AM

I had first chosen the AMD FX-8350 for gaming but was told to go for Intel rather than AMD... So I chose the i7 3770K, then again I was told that an i7 for gaming is a waste of $100. I will be using the rig mainly for gaming but since I have a Wacom tablet (which I very much use!), I will be doing some digital art and photo editing. Also, if I would like to render gameplay videos and stream them too, which one do I go for?

Here's the i7 build --

Intel Core i7 3770K
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Gigabyte HD 7850
G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 RAM
Corsair H100i
Corsair Carbide Series 300R
Corsair CMPSU-TX650 650W PSU

An alternative build is the that of the i5 3570K --

Intel Core i5 3570K
ASUS P8Z77-V LK
Gigabyte HD 7950 GHz Edition
G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 RAM
Corsair H100i
Corsair Carbide Series 300R or NZXT Phantom 410
Corsair CMPSU-TX650 650W PSU

Finally, which one should I go for?
Thanks!

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January 3, 2013 11:20:01 AM

#2 :) 
but use ddr3 1600 as it is more suitable for intel
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January 3, 2013 11:47:06 AM

dude go for #2 and of-course get a G.Skill RipjawX 1600mhz 8gb kit.
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January 3, 2013 12:00:44 PM

#2

I prefer 1866MHz myself since they're about equal in price to 1600MHz

Aren't you getting any SSD?
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January 3, 2013 12:53:19 PM

Also agree, for gaming the 3770k will be nearly useless over the 3570k (unless you use it for thinks like 3D modeling, CAD, heavy duty compiles, mass processing of video . . . things that hyper-threading really is useful). Unless your primary purpose is doing the digital art you mentioned in a professional capacity and the primary function of the machine then the #2 rig will be a far better gaming system.

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January 3, 2013 12:57:32 PM

EzioAs said:
#2

I prefer 1866MHz myself since they're about equal in price to 1600MHz

Aren't you getting any SSD?


Why? 1866 offers zero benefit over 1600.
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January 3, 2013 1:00:40 PM

Mastashake15 said:
Why? 1866 offers zero benefit over 1600.


Just because their prices are similar. Sometimes even lower
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January 3, 2013 1:16:39 PM

Seems like for the same price go with 1866.

If math is correct i show 266MHz benefit.

I'm a noob always willing to learn ...
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January 4, 2013 6:35:58 AM

EzioAs said:
#2

I prefer 1866MHz myself since they're about equal in price to 1600MHz

Aren't you getting any SSD?


Nope, I have to buy a whole set of peripherals too since all the machines I've had have been Laptops.. It'd fall out of budget. But I will get one in 1-2 years after buying the system!
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January 4, 2013 6:36:45 AM

Best answer selected by thegeekfather.
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