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

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.
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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. :(
  4. 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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