FX 8320 vs i5 3570k vs i7 3770 vs i7 3820

Hello all,

I'm new to this forum. I, myself, do not possess the knowledge to make decisions when it comes to the building of computers.

I will explain to you the dilemma I am facing.

I have narrowed my search down to these 4 processors.

FX 8320 Zambezi, along with this comes the AMD 7970 3 GB.

i5 3570k, along with this comes the AMD 7950 3 GB

i7 3770, along with this comes the Nvidia GTX 660

i7 3820, along with this comes the Nvidia GTX 660

I do not know which to choose. Which choice seems the best?

Thank you.
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  1. I'm sorry, I forgot to mention what I am mainly using it for. I will mostly be playing high end games, some light editing. For the rest browsing and watching movies.
  2. The 8320 is the more well rounded option.
  3. manofchalk said:
    The 8320 is the more well rounded option.



    How so? Is the difference between the 7950 and 7970 that big?
  4. The 7970 has about 15% better performance than the 7950.

    The FX-8320 doesnt perform as well in games as the 3570k, but has better multi-threaded performance which will help in your video editing. Its not as good as the Intel chip in games, its strong enough.
    Plus its bundled with the stronger GPU, which is what really dictates a systems performance in games.

    Pulled the number from here.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/23.html
  5. manofchalk said:
    The 7970 has about 15% better performance than the 7950.

    The FX-8320 doesnt perform as well in games as the 3570k, but has better multi-threaded performance which will help in your video editing. Its not as good as the Intel chip in games, its strong enough.
    Plus its bundled with the stronger GPU, which is what really dictates a systems performance in games.

    Pulled the number from here.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/23.html


    I see..
    So you're saying I should go for the better GPU? I game more than I video edit. Is a better GPU advised for gaming or a better CPU?
  6. Once you have a strong enough CPU (which you do regardless of which build you pick), the GPU becomes the much larger factor in gaming performance.
  7. yes, the GPU its the most important piece in gaming.
  8. Moz1 said:
    I see..
    So you're saying I should go for the better GPU? I game more than I video edit. Is a better GPU advised for gaming or a better CPU?

    Most games require good GPU, and a good-enough CPU. The 8320+7970 will be better than 3570k+7950. You're better gaming by getting the 7970 over the 7950, and you're better for editing in getting the Fx-8320 over the 3570k. Win-win. :)
  9. manofchalk said:
    Once you have a strong enough CPU (which you do regardless of which build you pick), the GPU becomes the much larger factor in gaming performance.


    Okay, well I think i'll go for the 8320.

    Thank you for replying!
  10. viridiancrystal said:
    Most games require good GPU, and a good-enough CPU. The 8320+7970 will be better than 3570k+7950. You're better gaming by getting the 7970 over the 7950, and you're better for editing in getting the Fx-8320 over the 3570k. Win-win. :)



    True! Indeed it is a win-win situation, thank you.
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