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February 12, 2013 9:41:22 PM

Here they are -
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/D99J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/D99J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/D99J/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.13 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.90 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($288.75 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $914.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 18:40 EST-0500)
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CWZ3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CWZ3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CWZ3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.90 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($93.39 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $888.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 18:40 EST-0500)

I'm leaning toware the amd build because of the more powerful gpu.

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February 12, 2013 9:54:38 PM
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CheesyHotDogPuff said:
Here they are -
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/D99J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/D99J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/D99J/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.13 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.90 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($288.75 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $914.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 18:40 EST-0500)
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CWZ3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CWZ3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CWZ3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.90 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($93.39 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $888.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 18:40 EST-0500)

I'm leaning toware the amd build because of the more powerful gpu.


I will just say that the AMD build is better in a real world setup.

http://teksyndicate.com/videos/amd-fx-8350-oc-vs-i5-357...

Watch that video. There are benchmarks to prove that it's the better buy but I am too tired.

TL;DR, the i5 has better single core performance, and will show in benchmark fps @ resolutions under 1920x1080, but in actual games you play in the real world @1920x1080, the gpu will mask this, allowing the 8350 to have equivalent fps. And for game engines that take advantage of multiple cores, and as we head ever toward the future there is more and more of them utilizing more cores, the 8350 trashes the i5. + the operating system's multi-tasking experience will be way more snappy on the 8350 build.

February 12, 2013 9:57:30 PM

I would take the AMD build because even with the i5 being a bit better the 7950 will help in games more than the i5 will be helpful with a worse GPU.
February 12, 2013 10:13:57 PM

Best answer selected by CheesyHotDogPuff.
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