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

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January 28, 2013 9:06:21 PM

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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January 28, 2013 9:41:35 PM

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.
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January 28, 2013 9:58:46 PM

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.
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January 28, 2013 10:01:49 PM

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.
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January 28, 2013 11:34:02 PM

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.
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January 28, 2013 11:36:04 PM

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.
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January 28, 2013 11:38:04 PM

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.
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January 28, 2013 11:40:10 PM

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