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Intel i5 3570k Build or AMD FX 8350 Build (CPU,Mobo & Case Suggestions Needed)

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Best CPU for gaming 3-4 years ??

Total: 5 votes

  • i5 3570K
  • 20 %
  • FX 8350
  • 40 %
  • i7 3770
  • 40 %
May 31, 2013 6:15:33 AM

I live in India, I'll be building my first custom rig in about 2 weeks. I'm on a tight budget & would like to save some if i could.
So just need some help. All suggestions are appretiated But do read my Questions first .
Thanks Beforehand.

My Usage Breakup : -
50% Gaming, 30% Web Browsing/Video Streaming, 20% Editing/Encoding

Overclocking : Yup, both CPU & GPU , possibly RAM also.
Games I'll Play : All Major FPS, RPGs with MULTIPLAYER (Eg, BF3,Far Cry 3,MW3,Crysis 3,Borderlands 2,AC III ,Hitman Absolution,Tomb Raider etc.)
Resolution & Monitor : 1080p on a Single 20" monitor.
SLI/Crossfire Support : Yes needed,
How Long I'll Use : 3-4 years without any major upgrade

Note : - I'm okay with disabled AA & Anything at or above Medium Settings with 40+ FPS is fine for me .
Diff of 3-8 FPS above 60+ doesnt' really mean much to me.
AMD build cost about $90 USD less.

Parts I've Decided
HDD : 1TB WD Caviar Blue 7200rpm (plus i've already have a 120Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm & a 1TB Seagate GoFlex Portable)
Graphics Card : Gigabyte GTX 660 OC Ultra Durable Series
RAM : Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) 1600MHz
PSU : Corsair TX650M - 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
Cooling : Custom Closed Loop Liquid Cooling

Undecided Parts :
CPU & Mobo :
i5 3570K with AsRock Z77 Extreme 4
or
fx 8350 with AsRock 990FX Extreme 4

Case : Corsair Carbide 400R or CM 690 II Advanced

QUESTIONS

1. Is 650W enough for GTX 660 SLI ?
2. As socket 1155 is dead now, & 1150 with Haswell is going to cost more and it'll release here probably 1-2 months later after launch ,so is it better to go with AM3+ with Steamroller as Upgrade option as i wont be upgrading my CPU till Skylake .
3. I've seen some reviews stating that newer games like Crysis 3 are doing good on Bulldozer . So for future proofing (sort of) is it a better option ??
like the comeback of Phenoms
a b K Overclocking
May 31, 2013 11:03:34 AM

according to newegg cpu calculator (http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...) , which is usually a little liberal with its power requirements you will need 629 W for SLI

Intel changes its socket with every major upgrade, so its just assumed that you'll have to replace your motherboard. If you are really thinking about upgrading your CPU ever 2 years, then AMD may be a better option (after 3-5 years, a mobo upgrade is probably worthwhile anyways)

at the moment, Intel takes the performance crown in gaming... but AMD does have its strengths, you can certainly keep the same socket for longer
June 1, 2013 2:21:10 AM

arges86 said:
according to newegg cpu calculator (http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...) , which is usually a little liberal with its power requirements you will need 629 W for SLI

Intel changes its socket with every major upgrade, so its just assumed that you'll have to replace your motherboard. If you are really thinking about upgrading your CPU ever 2 years, then AMD may be a better option (after 3-5 years, a mobo upgrade is probably worthwhile anyways)

at the moment, Intel takes the performance crown in gaming... but AMD does have its strengths, you can certainly keep the same socket for longer


Yeah as Skylake is going to be on a newer socket anyway, AM3+ is having a bit of advantage here in upgradability
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