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Which Build is better? i5 3470+gtx 670 ftw or i5 3570k+hd 7870 ghz?

Just wanted to know what was better. I know both are great for 1080p, the amd has the advantage of OC'ing with the cpu and gpu, while the non-k has a great processor for under 200 (in this case, is the i5 3550P better?) and the ultimate gtx 670. I plan to play mostly wow, eve, the elder scrolls online, bf3, pretty much any fps/mmo out this year and the next with at least medium-max settings.

Here's the two builds:
i5 k and hd 7870:

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 $119.99
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $43.98
Storage Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM $66.68
Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $244.99
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $89.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99

i5 non-k and gtx 670 ftw :D
CPU Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core $188.98
Motherboard ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 $84.99
Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $38.78
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.98
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB $383.98
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $79.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99


I love the constant driver updates nvidia has and amd doesn't as much, although the i5 k has oc'ing which can help with future proofing. I won't upgrade my cpu until skylake, however, as ivy bridge should last a while. I know segate barracuda is not relatively trustworthy, but I can switch it out for a WD when I'm not feeling lazy, lol.
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  1. Why the hate for seagate?! Ya I rhymed.. I'd go with option number one although why not just get the best of both worlds and get the i5-3570k and gtx670? It sounds like that is what you'd rather have anyway.

    Oh and I base it off of the games you are playing. Your games need more cpu power than gpu and being able to overclock will help more than having a beefier card.
  2. If you're gaming at 1080 there's very little difference. Check out AMD newest cars 7850 Tahiti LE near 7950 performance at 7870 price. The k cpu will give more resale value as well as OC. How good is your monitor? You may want to upgrade that.
  3. I5-3470+670 gtx > i5 or i7 k + 7870.
    Get the second option, the i5-3470 is a good cpu for people who doesn't want to oc the cpu, and at stock speeds there's no difference between the two cpus, but at gaming there's a difference between a 7870 vs 670 gtx.
  4. djangoringo said:
    I5-3470+670 gtx > i5 or i7 k + 7870.
    Get the second option, the i5-3470 is a good cpu for people who doesn't want to oc the cpu, and at stock speeds there's no difference between the two cpus, but at gaming there's a difference between a 7870 vs 670 gtx.

    Will there be more of a performance gain depending on if I oc the cpu, or gpu? Or is that just dependent on the game entirely, just how ps2 is cpu dependent, etc?

    And the reason I went with the i5 3470 was the fact that I'm on a bit of a tight budget, and really want/need the extra cores for gaming. If an i5 2500k comes on sale, will it be inferior to the sandy i5's? Because I might get that if it does.
  5. Goodeggray said:
    If you're gaming at 1080 there's very little difference. Check out AMD newest cars 7850 Tahiti LE near 7950 performance at 7870 price. The k cpu will give more resale value as well as OC. How good is your monitor? You may want to upgrade that.

    I'm buying a monitor with this, so it will be a 1080P LED monitor, preferably BenQ, asus, or acer. You can suggest any brands if you want to.
  6. Best answer
    For gaming, the most important thing will always be the gpu, there's no bottleneck with an i5-3470.
    It's the best budget i5 right now.
  7. Best answer selected by DanteIsOnFire.
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