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I'm going to start this by saying that although I would like to support AMD, I'll probably go with the i5.

I was about to buy the parts when I started thinking about whether my system would benefit from the better CPU or not. So basically my question is: Will my setup benefit from spending the extra money?

Note: It is being paired with my current graphics card, HD7850 2gb, and it was this that made me wonder if the graphics card was powerful enough to need the better CPU. My original budget was $700nz ($577us) but I decided I was willing to stretch it if it made a difference to performance. Prices include all other costs (shipping, tax etc)

Build 1:
CPU: FX-6300 OC to around 4.3-4.5ghz - $219nz ($180us)
RAM: Corsair Vengence DDR3-1600 low profile - $76nz ($62us)
Mobo Asus M5A97 Evo R2.0 - $189nz ($155us)
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $65nz ($53us)
OS: Windows 7 Home - $150nz ($123us)
GPU: Current HD7850 2gb

Total: $699nz ($576us)

Build 2:
CPU: i5-3470 OC to 3.8ghz using "4 bins above turbo" method - $265nz ($218us)
RAM: Corsair Vengence DDR3-1600 low profile - $76nz ($62us)
Mobo Asus P8Z77-V LX - $195nz ($160us)
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $65nz ($53us)
OS: Windows 7 Home - $150nz ($123us)
GPU: Current HD7850 2gb

Total: $751nz ($618us)



So, do you think the extra $52nz ($42us) for the i5 is worth it, taking into account that I am pairing it with an HD7850? It will probably be 2-3 years before I upgrade any of these parts again.

EDIT

Build 3:
CPU: i5-3470 - $265nz ($218us)
RAM: Corsair Vengence DDR3-1600 low profile - $76nz ($62us)
Mobo: ASrock B75 Pro3 - $130nz ($107us)
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $65nz ($53us)
OS: Windows 7 Home - $150nz ($123us)
GPU: Current HD7850 2gb

Total: $686 ($564us)

This comes in under budget, but I would lose the fun factor of OCing, as well as getting a motherboard with fewer features or expansion slots when compared to the other builds. I've left in the aftermarket cooler because I want it to be quieter than the stock cooler
Edited by Faded_Mantis - 11/26/12 at 2:21am
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Honestly, I'd say do w/e it takes to get a i5 2500k, i5 3570k, or FX-8320.
 
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Edit: Nvm

What would be the cost difference for an i5 2500k?

Considering the limitations of the 3470k (max OC of 3.8 ghz) the performance would not be noticeably better than the 4.3-4.5 ghz AMD
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 11/25/12 at 9:58pm
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i find to build intel or amd costs pretty much the same. i think it really comes down to preference now.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post

What would be the cost difference for an i5 2500k?

the i5-2500k is sold out most places, so the only ones left here are more expensive than the i5-3570k.

i5-3570k = $315nz ($259us)

This puts me at $801nz ($660usd). That's $101nz over my budget ($83us), which is more than I was willing to stretch for any extra performance.
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Considering the limitations of the 3470k (max OC of 3.8 ghz) the performance would not be noticeably better than the 4.3-4.5 ghz AMD

Interesting, I had assumed that an OC FX-6300 would be similar to a stock i5-3470, but I haven't been in the performance comparison game since C2D and C2Q were king.
Edited by Faded_Mantis - 11/25/12 at 11:22pm
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Oops, sorry for the double post, but I've just edited out a mistake from my post above regarding quotes (I accidentally put my reply inside the quote, so people probably didn't realise I had replied to it)
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Save up! Honestly, if you're buying an overclocking board, then you should buy the overclocking chip. No two ways about it. It really is worth it! My buddy has an 3570k and it does 4.3 on stock volts. Ditch the cooler for now, and get the unlocked chip. Buy the heatsink later thumb.gif
 
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Build 3:
CPU: i5-3470 - $265nz ($218us)
RAM: Corsair Vengence DDR3-1600 low profile - $76nz ($62us)
Mobo: ASrock B75 Pro3 - $130nz ($107us)
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $65nz ($53us)
OS: Windows 7 Home - $150nz ($123us)
GPU: Current HD7850 2gb

Total: $686 ($564us)

This comes in under budget, but I would lose the fun factor of OCing, as well as getting a motherboard with fewer features or expansion slots when compared to the other builds. I've left in the aftermarket cooler because I want it to be quieter than the stock cooler. Also not sure how this would perform when compared to an OC'd FX-6300.
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Save up! Honestly, if you're buying an overclocking board, then you should buy the overclocking chip. No two ways about it. It really is worth it! My buddy has an 3570k and it does 4.3 on stock volts. Ditch the cooler for now, and get the unlocked chip. Buy the heatsink later thumb.gif

Thanks for the advice, I'll think it over. But the more of that type of thinking I do, the more it becomes "For only $20 more I could get this for more performance, but wait, if I spent another $30 on that part then it would be even better" and eventually I've gone a long way over budget.
Edited by Faded_Mantis - 11/26/12 at 2:26am
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Build 3:
CPU: i5-3470 - $265nz ($218us)
RAM: Corsair Vengence DDR3-1600 low profile - $76nz ($62us)
Mobo: ASrock B75 Pro3 - $130nz ($107us)
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $65nz ($53us)
OS: Windows 7 Home - $150nz ($123us)
GPU: Current HD7850 2gb
Total: $686 ($564us)
This comes in under budget, but I would lose the fun factor of OCing, as well as getting a motherboard with fewer features or expansion slots when compared to the other builds. I've left in the aftermarket cooler because I want it to be quieter than the stock cooler. Also not sure how this would perform when compared to an OC'd FX-6300.
Thanks for the advice, I'll think it over. But the more of that type of thinking I do, the more it becomes "For only $20 more I could get this for more performance, but wait, if I spent another $30 on that part then it would be even better" and eventually I've gone a long way over budget.

You could wait on the SSD since that wont offer any "performance" increase in the form of FPS in games and such. There must be less expensive ram available, you could go that route as well.thumb.gif
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have you considered getting a cheaoer motherboard on yhe 3470?
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