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February 4, 2013 9:08:17 PM

I am wondering what you think of this build, because it did not have any comments on /r/buildapc.

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So I have two builds, one that is amd and one that is intel. I will mostly be gaming but do some video editing/recording for games. My budget is around 800 dollars, and both these builds are around the same price but the amd is a little less. I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions or complaints about it. Overall, I would like to keep the phantom case or use a phantom 410.
Other information: I live in the US I have a microcenter near my house.(The i5 is 60 bucks less)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($173.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $789.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 18:05 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $820.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 18:05 EST-0500)

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February 4, 2013 9:12:07 PM

The obvious choice will be the i5-3570k,since you can pick it up on a microcenter store, though i'd get a 660 gtx or a 7870 XT, the 570 is a old card now, either the 660 or 7870 XT will be better.
Like this 7870 XT : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78372&promoid=1292

It has two free games, bioshock infinite and tomb raider.

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February 4, 2013 9:22:37 PM
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Hello Zebra Jellybeans,
I would like to begin by saying that both of these builds are OK, but I would make some changes. Let's start with the processor. The i5-3570k is a good choice, and I would prefer it over the FX-8320 because the i5 consumes less power and gaming performance will be similar if not better. The problem with 8-core processors currently is that not many things utilize all the cores, and Intel's cores generally have more "oomph" per core. As for the motherboard, I would recommend an AsRock Z77 Extreme3 or Extreme4. The memory chosen is perfectly fine for your needs, but make sure you have it in a dual channel configuration during setup. The HDD is also good, as Western Digital is a reputable brand. Now for the Video Card. The GTX 570 is outdated, and your paying a lot and getting only a little. For that price, I would recommend a GTX 660 of HD 7870. They will give quite a bit of performance boost from a 570. For a similar performance for $150, I would recommend an HD 7850, and it can be overclocked to 7870 levels. The case is fine, but I would personally save money and buy an NZXT Source 210 Elite, unless you like the looks of the Phantom 410. The powersupply is fine, and should suit you perfectly. If you have any more questions or comments please let me know.

EDIT:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/518?vs=660

Benchmarks showing that a GTX 660 outperforms a GTX 570, while consuming far less power.
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February 5, 2013 1:47:15 AM

Well, I did my best to stretch your budget as far as I could. I would personally go with an AMD build on this one. The FX 8350 is a worthy contender. It offers excellent gaming performance as well as multitasking performance. I also managed to fit a GTX 660 Ti in there.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $792.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 22:41 EST-0500)

If you would much rather have an AMD GPU, I would suggest the HD 7950. It's between the GTX 660 Ti and the GTX 670 in performance, and it is a beast at overclocking.

Here's a recent performance comparison between the i5 3570k and the FX 8350.

Video 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE

Video 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc

[EDIT]
OOPS! Just noticed you said there's a Microcenter near you. If that's the case, go with whatever is cheaper and then put the rest of the cash towards a beefier GPU. I would still highly consider the information I listed above. Good luck!
February 5, 2013 2:15:13 AM

Best answer selected by Zebra Jellybeans.
February 5, 2013 2:17:36 AM

NerdBBQ said:
Hello Zebra Jellybeans,
I would like to begin by saying that both of these builds are OK, but I would make some changes. Let's start with the processor. The i5-3570k is a good choice, and I would prefer it over the FX-8320 because the i5 consumes less power and gaming performance will be similar if not better. The problem with 8-core processors currently is that not many things utilize all the cores, and Intel's cores generally have more "oomph" per core. As for the motherboard, I would recommend an AsRock Z77 Extreme3 or Extreme4. The memory chosen is perfectly fine for your needs, but make sure you have it in a dual channel configuration during setup. The HDD is also good, as Western Digital is a reputable brand. Now for the Video Card. The GTX 570 is outdated, and your paying a lot and getting only a little. For that price, I would recommend a GTX 660 of HD 7870. They will give quite a bit of performance boost from a 570. For a similar performance for $150, I would recommend an HD 7850, and it can be overclocked to 7870 levels. The case is fine, but I would personally save money and buy an NZXT Source 210 Elite, unless you like the looks of the Phantom 410. The powersupply is fine, and should suit you perfectly. If you have any more questions or comments please let me know.

EDIT:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/518?vs=660

Benchmarks showing that a GTX 660 outperforms a GTX 570, while consuming far less power.

I think I will save money and go with the 7870 and phantom. I do like the amd build, ares but there are some small things like non modular psu and only 500gb HDD
February 5, 2013 4:29:54 AM

zebra jellybeans said:
I think I will save money and go with the 7870 and phantom. I do like the amd build, ares but there are some small things like non modular psu and only 500gb HDD

It's all good. Your money; your choice. :) 

I was only offering suggestions to help increase raw performance in games.
February 5, 2013 6:02:35 PM

Thanks a lot though anyways, everyone
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