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New gaming PC 600~800U$: FX8350 or i5 4430? Need build too

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by THBronx, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. THBronx New Member

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    Greetings all!

    I need a new computer for gaming (max settings with BF4 and new games), but I can't decide if I go with Intel or save some money with AMD. So can you guys help me with a config, please? My budget range: 600 ~ 800 U$.

    What I've on my mind right now (Intel build):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $714.88
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-16 09:10 EDT-0400


    Or should I go with an AMD FX8350? Will it cost less but with almost same performance? Can you guys suggest me an AMD build?

    The more I can save (U$), the better (best cost x benefit).
    I'll appreciate any help.
    Thanks.
     
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    FX8350 because its overclockable. the i5 is nice though its not a K model.
     
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    You can go the AMD 750K route if you want to save money
     
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    RCoon Gaming Moderator Staff Member

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    This. I ran one with a GTX 780 and it never let me down. Rts games and things like crisis 3 did not play well, but I used it for BF3 and all the other latest games at high settings and it was awesome. Overclocked mine to 4.4 within minutes.

    Plus BF4 is mantle, so if that's all you really play, then your cpu doesn't matter much at all.
     
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    Fx8350 Only because it is over lockable. Or better yet, save even more money and go with an FX6350 since the extra two cores on the 8350 won't be used by games anyway.

    That way you can put a little more money in the motherboard or GPU.

    Edit:You know what, I threw together an Intel Build just to see what I came up with, and I'd go with:

    Intel Core i5-4690K $225@Amazon
    ASRock Z97 Extreme3 $120@Newegg
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB $83@Newegg
    Corsair Spec-02 $40@MicroCenter
    Corsair CX500 $45@MicroCenter
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB $60@Newegg
    Corsair H80i $70@Newegg
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB $170@Newegg
    LG CD/DVD Writer $14@Newegg

    That is $827. I know, slightly over your budget, but you get a Liquid CPU cooler that will let you easily push the Devil's Canyon CPU to 4.4GHz+. If I was doing an Intel build, this is what I would do. Also note, the GPU is identical to the 280 picked in the OP, they even use the same PCB and cooler. The only difference is the plastic shroud on the cooler, and the 280 BIOS.
     
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  6. THBronx New Member

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    Thanks very much everybody for your replies. You guys helped me a lot.
    And I changed the build again and bought this today:

    [PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($85.83 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z3 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $948.73
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-19 07:01 EDT-0400


    I bought everything here in Japan (online store) for a total amount of U$ 946,00 (it was going to be around U$ 840 but I decided to buy only from one store).

    Thanks again.
     

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