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I5-3570 and 7870OC or FX-6200 and gtx-660ti

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January 16, 2013 5:43:34 AM

Im building a new computer thats going to be used almost exclusively for gaming and for browsing steam store and maybe a bit of youtube. cant decide whether to get an Intel Core i5-3570 (non K) with a Radeon HD 7870 OC OR get an AMD FX-6200 and a GTX-660ti

I live in Macau and im buying locally so the range is pretty limited and these two set up both cost around the same for me

I can get a mobo for whichever card so it doesnt really matter and i have corsair vengence 8GB at 1600mhz and a 1tb western digital harddrive at 7200rmp and a CX600 psu
a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 6:09:10 AM

tough call; the usual recommendation is to get the best gpu you can at the time of purchase.

however i am going to suggest getting the i5/7870 set up because you will get more consistant performance from the i5 in gaming than the FX-6200. there are some games that have the 7870 very comperable to the 660ti - so you will not experience any significant performance difference there.

btw, can you get a i5-3470 where you are at? it is usually cheaper and performs just as well as the i5-3570.
January 16, 2013 6:24:28 AM

Get the i5 3570K and an EVGA 660 SuperClocked. The GPU is factory OC'd and you can OC even more yourself. I have mine running at 1250 Mhz, it has very close to the same performance as the 660 ti for much cheaper.
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January 16, 2013 6:25:29 AM

get the i5 and 7870, or you could go the gtx660 which performs similarly. FX6200 is absolute poop for gaming, if i were to get an fx cpu it would be the 6300, the new architecture has better per core performance, but it still has nothing on the i5.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2013 12:40:34 AM


Get a XFX 7870 GHz
January 17, 2013 3:55:00 AM

From a person who had those builds, I would go out of the choices and give you this, i5-3470/7950. Better Performance for a non-oc build, same price range.

1. Save money by going with 3470, (not much of a performance difference with 3570 which I'm currently using).
2. I wish you can find a 7950 there, the money you saved from changing the cpu can be added to buy a better gpu.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2013 4:06:38 AM

Get the i5 and a 7870. You can OC a 7870 to around stock 7950 numbers. I love mine.
January 17, 2013 4:30:37 AM

7950 OC>7950>7870 OC> 7870... You can OC a 7950 too man, not just a 7870. :lol: 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2013 4:33:57 AM

I know this of course. I couldn't justify buying a 7950 because my I can run anything on max with my 7870 overclocked.
January 17, 2013 4:45:03 AM

just kidding you man. :lol:  But I would still prefer a 3470-7950, it would still fit the price range. We don't know for future games if a 7870 can still max out games nor the 7950, but 7950 has a better chance so I'll go with it.
January 17, 2013 7:23:47 AM

Is it possible to get the AMD FX 6300? I get that your range is pretty limited. If the 6300 is available for about the same price as it is here, then get that. Otherwise, I suggest the i5 build.