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March 3, 2013 11:32:13 PM

I have two options for my first build. One is AMD and the other is Intel.

Intel

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKdj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKdj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKdj/benchmarks/

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
CoolMax 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.37 @ Amazon)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) ($77.99)
Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case ($37.99)
Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - OEM ($17.99)
Thermaltake Silent Intel LGA1156 CPU Cooler with 4-Pin PWM Function ($9.99)
Inland PS/2 Wired Keyboard Black ($3.49)
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99)
5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound ($7.99)
Tenda W311M 150Mbps Wireless N USB 2.0 Adapter ($6.96)
Trendnet Compact Bluetooth USB Adapter ($2.99)
1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive DT01ACA100 - OEM ($59.99)
Micro Center Sales Tax ($22.59)
Total: $931.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 20:11 EST-0500)

AMD

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HlA6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HlA6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HlA6/benchmarks/

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.98 @ Outlet PC)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
CoolMax 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.37 @ Amazon)
Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case ($37.99)
Tenda 300Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter ($19.99)
Trendnet Compact Bluetooth USB Adapter ($2.99)
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound ($7.99)
Inland PS/2 Wired Keyboard Black ($3.49)
LG 24x Super Multi Internal SATA DVDRW DL Drive - Bare Drive ($15.99)
Total: $892.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 20:27 EST-0500)

This computer will be used for recording and playing Minecraft, maybe some Garry's Mod, and video editing.

Which one should I get? I know the i7 is better for gaming, but I heard that for video editing and other CPU-intense applications the 8350 is better. Thanks in advance!

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March 3, 2013 11:59:49 PM

The i7-3770K is better than the 8350. The one that the 8350 is better than is the i5-3570k.
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March 4, 2013 12:04:07 AM

Coolmax is crap. Why are you getting that?

Weird build.!
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March 4, 2013 12:34:09 AM

^Read the reviews and the only thing people said was that it was noisy, which I don't really have a problem with.
^^Thanks for the clarification.
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March 4, 2013 12:41:43 AM

Good luck then. Coolmax is crap.
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March 4, 2013 12:44:13 AM

Intel one all the way. You should put a 670 in there for the 7950 though.
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March 4, 2013 2:11:24 AM

You have the price of an i5 3570K . The 3770K is a hundred dollars more so I assume your first build is with the 3570

The gaming experience will be identical whether you use the AMD or Intel chip . Even if the intel makes more fps its just theoetical because the monitor you will be useing refreshes at 60 Hz
Thats the ame as 60 FPS . So if one build gives you 100 fps and the other gives you 80 you still see 60 in both cases .

Buy the AMD if you have the 3570K in mind , and flip a coin if you have the 3770K

Either way the coolmax is crap

Arctic silver is a scam that does not work better than stock thermal pastes

and a $10 cpu cooler is unlikely to work better than the stock cooler that ships with the processor
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March 4, 2013 2:50:19 AM

Here is what I'd consider with similar parts that you originally listed:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $925.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:42 EST-0500)

* CPU is one of the best for the $.
* Mobo has all that you would need for quite some time.
* RAM is good for the $ (I personally would go with 8 gb's, but that is just me).
* GPU is the same that you picked and is a very good option for the $.
* PSU is one of the better ones for the $ that has at least 2 x PCI-e power connectors (needed for high-end single GPU solutions).
* Case isn't currently on sale, but will hold pretty much any single GPU solution out there!

AMD rig if you like that more than the Intel option listed above:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $899.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:49 EST-0500)[/]
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March 4, 2013 5:43:39 PM

Thanks so much! ^
I'll definitely use one of those two.

^^No, at Micro Center they have the i7 for that price.
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March 4, 2013 5:44:58 PM

Best answer selected by calamita3.
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