Originally Posted by Baby Jai
Originally Posted by enigma7820
The 3770k will crush your 8350 i came from a 8120 at 4.5 actually an i5 will take down the 8350 is almost everything too
That's strange because I was watching s video comparing the new extreme i7 and it was like barely beating the OCD 8350
You mean you watched the one teksyndicate video, a horrible video and is the only video in the world to show such results? You realize that everything they tested was GPU limited right? And that it makes no sense some of their findings, ie the i7 losing to an i5 sometimes, the i7 way beating the i5 in applications that don't use hyperthreading, etc.
They also picked some very multi-threaded games, that are going to be a little more favored to AMD than Intel, some quite particular games. That still isn't going to let AMD beat intel, but it'll help it.
If you are building a computer just for gaming, an i5 would be all you need. Getting a $400 CPU or an i7 'just' for gaming is silly. It would be like buying a $500 CPU just for solitaire. Those kinds of CPUs are more for compute workloads, professional level of dual output streaming while gaming, etc. If it's just for a gaming system lol.
Be careful OP. People will always recommend you spend more money than necessary when it isn't their money. It seems like more than once you've gotten not too great advice on what computer components to buy.
against alternatively keeping his sufficient cpu with 2 x 7970 in CF?! i doubt it.. :/
What does 2x7970s have anything to do with it? They work independently of the CPU, how strong his CPU is has no impact on the strength of his GPUs. Now yes, it's a little silly to have 2x7950 and then only an 8350, but then it's always silly to buy an 8350 for a gaming rig, and 2x7970s on a pentium system will be better, graphically and for most games, than any cpu and a single 7970.
If OP wants to sell his current rig (maybe list the 8350 with a single 7970), then use the rest of the money to spend about $500 for a fresh i5-3570K build and pocket about $100-200 in the process, that would be great, but that's a lot of hassle and it would be up to the OP if he'd want to do that or would enjoy doing that.
Personally, I throw my computer on craigslist every few months, sell it, build a better one while pocketing money in the process, but I enjoy building computers. As long as you buy components at the best prices, you can always sell them for what you paid for them (or a little more than that).
But really, OP's 8350 is fine. It's dissapointing, but having already bought it, just stick to it. Or, go with an i5-3570K and Z77X-UD3H (or P8Z77-V LK if you can find it for more than $20 cheaper).Edited by Belial - 3/6/13 at 7:17am