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I5 3570K @ 4.0hgz with Gtx 660 ti or Fx 8320 @ 4.0 Ghz with hd 7950?

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April 1, 2013 2:45:37 AM

What would be a better choice? A cheaper processor with a slightly better graphics card or a more expensive processor with a slower graphics card? I canvased them they are roughly the price somewhere between 875 $ roughly all other specs are the same which would be a buy? Oh this is mostly for gaming(all types of games) no productivity except maybe ms excel and word.won't be upgrading after this for 4-5 years.Thnx in advance :) ,btw this maybe a stupid question by how do I pick an answer in tomshardware (to close the thread)?. and no eyefinity or surround setup either, just one monitor at 1080p max settings.
April 1, 2013 2:57:42 AM

Since you won't be upgrading for the next 4-5 years , you need the best GPU you can have right now , I reckon the FX8320 Overclocked + 7950 will be good for you.

If you want to go for the i5 3570k and 660ti , its cool too , but this path allow you for more upgrades for the next 4 to 5 years. Overall this is more future-upgrade proof.

By the way, 4 Ghz overclock is pretty small , might want to try 4.4 Ghz or above
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April 1, 2013 3:56:47 PM

Yes, Steamroller is coming end of this year or beginning 2014, and you will be able to upgrade directly the AMD path. Also, the 8320 is a very good OC'er and will easily go to 4.2-4.4 GHz and run quite stable there with only Air cooling (invest in a hyper 212 EVO cooling fan). The HD 7950 is the better choice over the 660Ti. So you're better off going that route for now.
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April 2, 2013 1:54:34 AM

Hmm I redid my math and It turns out I could get the I5 3570K now with the same 7950, So which would be a good choice?However in this I would be only using a cheap asrock z68 mobo whereas the fx chip I could get a more full featured motherboard.. I'm really confused here on which should I get. :( 
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April 2, 2013 11:23:13 AM

I would go AMD as you can upgrade to the Steamroller architecture when it comes out later, if you go intel, to go beyond a 3570k, you'll have to buy a new board, etc. when you upgrade as after Ivy bridge socket 1155 is dead. AM3+ socket is supported through steamroller architecture at minimum and possibly through excavator.
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