AMD or Intel CPU

Hello community, I am going to be building my first gaming computer in a few months and i was not to sure if i wanted to go with an AMD cpu and save some money or an intel and go over my budget. I have about a $700 budget including the OS, but if the intel build is substantially better I will wait longer for the money. Screen res: 1600x900 playing games like arma2, bf3, counter strike

AMD: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BWfx

Intel: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cpvm

Not sure if the intel i5 3570k is over the top and can go with a lower end i5 to stay closer to my budget. Not looking to max every game out, but rather high settings with 40+ fps
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  1. get a cytrix, no just kidding.

    i myself love amd but i currently will only consider intel for a gaming computer. they always win in fps and often by large percentages. ive seen up to 30% gains at the same price range. with a dedicated GPU that is.
  2. Unless you plan on overclocking don't bother with a k series processor, and if you do keep it then add in a CPU cooler (would do this for both builds). You also can't overclock on that motherboard anyways (need a Z77) so unless you want to spend more downgrade the processor a bit.

    For the GPU I highly recommend the 7870 for just a bit more (or at least a good brand if you stick with a 7850).
    7850- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7850twinfrozr2gd5oc
    7870-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354oc2l
  3. a k series cpu doesnt cost much more. even if you dont plan on overclocking now i would get one anyway for when your computer is reaching its end of life. instantly tacking on 30 percent or higher better performance will help it live a bit longer.
  4. I've recommended the same thing (with only a $5 difference) but his motherboard isn't even capable of overclocking and he's already at his limit.
  5. Get a PhII 965BE and and HD7950
  6. AMD is not that bad anymore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc
    and for those saying that it loses performance because it still uses pcie gen 2
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/2#.URaFfaVFkyI

    It is just that AMD CPU limits your GPU to NVIDIA GPUs or AMD's mid tier GPUs because AMD GPU needs a stronger single thread CPU which intel has

    Also OC does not even do that much work anymore, it is more for benchmarks and SLI/CFX to not bottleneck. If overclocking anything, the main priority is the GPU and that is where you would get more FPS.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $717.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 12:31 EST-0500)

    this is going with AMD and getting a stronger GPU which should means more performance vs the intel build
  7. Overclocking does not help anymore now I've heard it all
  8. boulbox said:
    AMD is not that bad anymore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc
    and for those saying that it loses performance because it still uses pcie gen 2
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/2#.URaFfaVFkyI

    It is just that AMD CPU limits your GPU to NVIDIA GPUs or AMD's mid tier GPUs because AMD GPU needs a stronger single thread CPU which intel has

    Also OC does not even do that much work anymore, it is more for benchmarks and SLI/CFX to not bottleneck. If overclocking anything, the main priority is the GPU and that is where you would get more FPS.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $717.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 12:31 EST-0500)

    this is going with AMD and getting a stronger GPU which should means more performance vs the intel build

    Will i see a big differnce in the 7870 ghz edition or would it be fine to stay with a 7850. Also is the PSU strong enough, woudn't ir be better to go with a 500w corsair builder for 10 dollars less
  9. the XFX PSU is better quality than the CX series also gives a stable 12v rail that the CX does not have

    this is also a pretty good PSU
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg400
    for a bit cheaper but it comes pretty close to the requirement so you cant go crazy with overclocking
  10. Wisecracker said:


    yea this way is also a great option, i would get it the CPU that i put inside
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