Which would run games and videos better?

A Radeon 7850 with an Intel i5 3570 or a Radeon 7870 with an i5 3450?

Games that would be played:

Skyrim
Farcry 3
Sleeping Dogs
Guild Wars 2
The Witcher 1 and 2
Mass Effect 1-3
Dragon Age 1 &2


and similar titles as released.
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  1. Sigh :).
    And the rest of the specs are?...
  2. GPU is more important with games. The 7870 will give you better frame rates.
  3. With what little info you gave get the i5 3570k as its one of the best gaming cpu's out there you can get. On sale for $215 right now. Obviously a 7870 would be better but if you dont have the money a 7850 would still do a good job with high settings on those games.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
  4. 7870 + 3450 FTW.
    But you should consider 3570k in case you are getting z77 chipsets.
  5. Didn't really list the rest of the specs because I was just asking a general question. I meant all other things equal.

    However if you assume this build:

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21721986

    Would I be better off with that build, or going with the slightly lower processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506 and a 7870 card like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404
  6. I would prefer the second one .
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