I have gotten my new gaming pc down to a bit of a crossroads for me. mainly between an i5-3570 and fx-8350. from my research i've gathered the 3570 is better for gaming. the difference when keeping all other components of my system except the cpu and mobo is $100. i use my pc alot for other things (netflix, downloading music/movies, internet etc.) but im lacking in gaming power. what i want to know is if the 3570 is worth $100 more than an 8350 (cpu + mobo = $100 increase)
a few things to consider is that i do 75% of my gaming on the xbox but will probably play alot more pc games with an upgrade. on the pc i am mainly looking to play things i can't on the xbox ( mmo's, mobas, rts ). I do not plan on overclocking right away but is a possibility in the future. Also, i am %100 not willing to build my own, i am going through ibuypower. i don't want to heard ibuypower is bad and building my own pc is cheaper blah blah blah. i have heard it all before and done plenty of research, this is my decision. all i need to know is the basics, is it worth the extra money.
thanks for a quick response outlander, you verified what i already assumed. funny thing is with the added price of the intel system i qualify for 5% off which will be $50 so its even closer to an even match now. again i appreciate it, if anybody has anything else they would like to add i will post the specs for the intel build. to be clear before i get hounded for it i know my power supply is more than i need but a $20-$30 difference seems minimal to me when i have less to change with future upgrades/additions
1 x Case ( NZXT Tempest 410 Gaming Case - Black )
0 x Case Lighting ( None )
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction ( None )
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( None )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i5-3570K )
0 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( None )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155] - Standard 120mm Fan )
1 x Memory ( 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - G.Skill Ripjaws X )
1 x Video Card ( AMD Radeon HD 7870 - 2GB - Single Card )
1 x Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE] - Gigabyte GC-WB300D Bluetooth 4.0 / Dual Band WiFi Expansion Card - Free with purchase of selected Gigabyte Motherboard )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - DiRT Showdown - Free with purchase of AMD Processor / Radeon video card )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - Far Cry3 + 20% OFF code for Medal of Honor Warfighter - Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7770 or above )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - Sleeping Dogs - Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7870 or above )
1 x Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H )
0 x Intel Smart Response Technology ( None )
1 x Power Supply ( 750 Watt - Corsair CX750 )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
0 x Data Hard Drive ( None )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
0 x 2nd Optical Drive ( None )
0 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( None )
0 x Meter Display ( None )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
1 x Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
1 x Operating System ( Windows 8 Pro + Office 2010 Trial [Free 60-Day !!!] - 64-bit )
1 x Keyboard ( iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard )
1 x Mouse ( iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse - Blood Red )
0 x Monitor ( None )
0 x 2nd Monitor ( None )
0 x Speaker System ( None )
0 x Video Camera ( None )
0 x Case Engraving Service ( None )
1 x Warranty ( 3 Year Standard Warranty Service )
1 x Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - Deferred Delivery (Ship Out in 15 ~ 20 Business Days) - 5% OFF on systems over $999 (Coupon Code: defer) )
But b4 you do head to Newegg , and price the parts individually .
Anyone can custom build a computer if they can hold a screw driver and have an IQ of more than 41 .
You could have it in a few days , and you can have an assurance of the quality of all the parts
other than the fact that its new and im sure still buggy, and a different ui, what is so bad about windows 8? compared performance wise to 7? win8 pro is saving me $31 over 7 pro. took the liquid cooling off though and to save a bit more i might consider a 500w corsair psu. lose alot of discounts tonight at midnight so i will check newegg now and see if i should buckle down and go that route even tough i really don't want to.
+1 for building it yourself, there is multiple videos on newegg's youtube you can watch to learn how to build a pc they even show the difference between the amd sockets and intel sockets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
As for building it yourself you will be able to pick the exact components you want,not just you will get a 7870 videocard.
I'd go with windows 8 , especially if I was building myself .
There are a whole lot of small improvements in the OS
If you dont like metro you can install a start button and start menu for nothing [ or a better version for a couple of $ ] and never see metro . Ever .
But most importantly the licensing of Win 7 oem means that its locked to the mb you first install it on and cant be re-used on another computer if you upgrade .
Win 8 does not have an oem license . It has a home user license that lets you transfer it , so its much more like the old "retail" license
Well then don't buy windows 7 pro... get home premium. Seems kinda obvious.
And the bad part of it is that its compatibility with games is not guaranteed.
Can I ask a question? Why don't you want to build it yourself? It only takes a couple hours, there are LOTS of youtube videos showing how, it's easy, and you get a better computer for cheaper. (And usually longer and better warranties on the parts.)
after pricing the parts from newegg, the price is coming out almost the same. lotsa free stuff from ibuy. 3 year parts 1 year labor warranty from them. i am just going that route. to answer why i do not want to build myself, hard to explain, i just don't. kinda don't trust myself, like the idea of it being on somebody else if there is a problem. i may hate my new pc and want to return it, build it and take it back apart? no thanks. i just feel more secure getting it done by somebody who already knows what they are doing. maybe im just lazy? lol i can't really explain i just don't want to build it. plus free games free upgrades free wifi/bluetooth adapter. i been sold to lol. its done though thanks everybody for any info you gave me