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February 21, 2013 9:10:19 PM

I have an AMD build and an Intel build. Which of these are more suited for gaming/have better gaming performance?

AMD Build: ~ $1250
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $189.99
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $32.98
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g $5.98
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ $94.15
Memory:Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $59.99
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $62.99
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB $439.99
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG $29.24
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower $74.98
Case Fan: Apevia CF14SL-BBL 59.6 CFM 140mm $11.99
Power Supply: Rosewill 750W-M ATX12V / EPS12V 80+ Gold $109.99
Optical Drive:Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $18.98
Custom: Startech Dual Fan HDD Cooler $11.95
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ 5 Channels $24.99
Zorin OS $0.00
Windows 7 Home Premium OS $90


Intel Build: ~$1330

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $223.79
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $32.98
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g $5.98
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 $134.99
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $59.99
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $62.99
Video Card:XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB $439.99
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG $29.24
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower $74.98
Case Fan: Apevia CF14SL-BBL 59.6 CFM 140mm $11.99
Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $109.99
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $18.98
Custom: Startech Dual Fan HDD Cooler $11.95
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ 5 Channels $24.99
Zorin OS $0.00


I will be dual-booting Windows 7 and Zorin, and the case comes with several fans preinstalled.

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a c 358 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 9:22:37 PM

Intel build.
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February 21, 2013 9:36:17 PM

i would look for a better brand psu if i were you,
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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 10:01:05 PM

intel build

the psu is fine. its much better than most other units out there. its on par with the seasonic stuff

the rig can use a little fine tuning
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F3BR

ram
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

hard drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70854&promoid=1302

case. only the white one is on sale.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75047&vpn=FD-CA-DEF-R4...


-better CPU cooler
-silver 5 isnt that good. stock stuff from higher end CPU coolers tend to perform better
-better intel board
-cheaper ram that performs the same
-ghz edition cards arent faster if you can achieve the same overclock in 5 mins
-sound card isnt needed but if you do want better sound, go ahead with it
-i have a way better case
-wouldnt trust anything from apevia. the stock fans in the fractal is silent enough
-hdds run cool. those are pretty useless
-fan controllers arent useful if the software on the asus board is already very good. not to mention the r4 has a fan controller built in. not necessary though since the fans are already so silent
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a c 271 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 10:04:46 PM

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Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g $5.98
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG $29.24
Case Fan: Apevia CF14SL-BBL 59.6 CFM 140mm $11.99
Custom: Startech Dual Fan HDD Cooler $11.95
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ 5 Channels $24.99


None of these things are really needed and you're just wasting money here. Your motherboard has built in sound. You don't need to buy extra thermal compound. The HDD cooler is a waste of money. The fan controller isn't a necessity.

If you drop the above items you'll have enough money to add a good SSD - and that is something that will greatly improve the build, not a bunch of useless accessories.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $1349.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 19:04 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2013 10:16:50 PM

It is true that the motherboard has built in sound, but the ASUS Xonar DG provides a headphone amp which is recommended or needed for certain headphones. (http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-pri...). Realtek ALC898 (found on the ASrock) vs Asus Xonar DG has been discussed on Tom's Hardware forums. (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357756-28-realtek-alc...)


I think the Seasonic X750 Gold deal on Newegg might be cheaper and better than the PC Power and Rosewill 750W.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=8HbvyHyE...

The Seasonic X-750 has been reviewed by HardOCP.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/25/seasonic_x_se...
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a c 271 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 10:20:28 PM

7Ghost said:
It is true that the motherboard has built in sound, but the ASUS Xonar DG provides a headphone amp which is recommended or needed for certain headphones. (http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-pri...). Realtek ALC898 (found on the ASrock) vs Asus Xonar DG has been discussed on Tom's Hardware forums. (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357756-28-realtek-alc...)


I think the Seasonic X750 Gold deal on Newegg might be cheaper and better than the PC Power and Rosewill 750W.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=8HbvyHyE...

The Seasonic X-750 has been reviewed by HardOCP.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/25/seasonic_x_se...


Great PSU but it's $40 more than the one I recommended. For that price I also like the NZXT Hale 90 which is made by Super Flower.
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February 21, 2013 10:23:29 PM

go with the AMD build it is faster in ever way
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February 21, 2013 10:26:33 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Great PSU but it's $40 more than the one I recommended. For that price I also like the NZXT Hale 90 which is made by Super Flower.


Actually, right now it's not. I suggest jumping on the X750, as the +$35 off promotion makes that the best price/performance ($90 for X750.. holy $*($). I'm actually tempted to send mine back, pay the 15%, and get this.... hell of a good deal.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 10:28:55 PM

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$40 more including the promo code? I have total with tax $112.86 (before rebate,newegg) for Sea Sonic X-750 and $109.99 (before rebate, Amazon)


I didn't see the promo code. :lol: 
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February 21, 2013 10:30:39 PM

Just ordered the x750. While I have no need for this amount of power right now, I may decide to xfire eventually. Considering this comes to be $13 more than what I paid for the G550, I'd be dumb not to.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 10:47:12 PM

well if the x750 is that cheap, might as well spring for that instead. has hybrid fan control, the benefit of it over the rosewell
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February 21, 2013 11:52:50 PM

7Ghost said:
It is true that the motherboard has built in sound, but the ASUS Xonar DG provides a headphone amp which is recommended or needed for certain headphones. (http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-pri...). Realtek ALC898 (found on the ASrock) vs Asus Xonar DG has been discussed on Tom's Hardware forums. (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357756-28-realtek-alc...)




What cans do you have?
I'd get a dedicated headphone amp/DAC, not the weak amp that comes with soundcards to drive headphones. Depending on the usage of your headphones, you might want to look at portable amps too.
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