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What Build should I use?

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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  1. if your read recent toms article, you will understand that amd fx architecture isnt very good even compared to i3 :( actually this make me sad
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-frame-rate-performance,3427-9.html
  2. AMD Radeon said:
    if your read recent toms article, you will understand that amd fx architecture isnt very good even compared to i3 :( actually this make me sad
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-frame-rate-performance,3427-9.html

    It's still decent for gaming though. The fx-83xx is even better then the i7 in some situations.
  3. Noob12 said:
    You are not going to overclock so take intel xeon 1230V2 CPU.
    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637e31230v2

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+V2+%40+3.30GHz
    It is better bang for buck. It is faster than 3570k like a i7 for a price i5

    Xeons are only good for rendering and video editing.
  4. Best answer
    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-i5-3570k-oc-battle-continues

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Best answer selected by CheesyHotDogPuff.
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