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AMD 8320 VS i5 3570k?

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Hi, I am facing a dilemma. I'm upgrading my cpu/mobo (AMD 960T/MSI 970A) and I'm not sure which to buy.

I'll be buying from Microcenter because they have irresistible cpu/mobo combo deals.

Here's my options:

Total $268 with tax
AMD 8320
Gigabyte: GA-990FXA

Total $320 with tax
Intel i5 3570K
GA-Z77X-UD3H

The most cpu intensive thing I will be doing is gaming.

Money isn't really an issue, I'm willing to spend a bit more to get better parts. Especially because I'll be keeping the cpu/mobo for at least 2 years.

It's $50 off any compatible motherboard when you buy an 8350, 8320, 6300 and i5.
post #2 of 28
If money isn't an issue, then get the i5-3570k. The only reason I would choose AMD is if money was an issue.
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Yeah, while you can certainly build a perfectly capable gaming rig with an AMD chip in it, if you can swing the extra cash, the i5 is the better way to go and is the faster chip.
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If money isn't an issue then get an i7 3770k.
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The intel will almost always perform marginally better, but the difference isn't large. The two arguments I have for AMD are:

1) Money saved on CPU can go to a better GPU which WILL give much more noticeable performance gains (not relevant though as you are only upgrading CPU)
2) AMD CPU's may perform better in the future relative to Intel ones as games will be optimized for AMD architecture thanks to the new consoles.

Doesn't really make a difference either way though. Little bit of performance vs. $60 price difference. It's up to you.
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Originally Posted by alcal View Post

The intel will almost always perform marginally better, but the difference isn't large. The two arguments I have for AMD are:

1) Money saved on CPU can go to a better GPU which WILL give much more noticeable performance gains (not relevant though as you are only upgrading CPU)
2) AMD CPU's may perform better in the future relative to Intel ones as games will be optimized for AMD architecture thanks to the new consoles.

Doesn't really make a difference either way though. Little bit of performance vs. $60 price difference. It's up to you.

I'll go with the AMD then, and invest the money into a better gpu. I was gonna go with a 7870, but now I could change that.
post #7 of 28
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I'll go with the AMD then, and invest the money into a better gpu. I was gonna go with a 7870, but now I could change that.

This is a good alternative, get the FX 8320 or FX 8350 and invest in a GTX 660ti or HD 7950. (Or maybe 7870 XT)

309$ with Free Crysis 3 & Bioshock game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


234,99$ with Free Bioshock & Tomb Raider game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer
SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

OR

279,99$ (No free games)
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


Edited by KaRLiToS - 4/4/13 at 4:37pm
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post #8 of 28
Ive had the 3570k before.. I loved it, great cpu. Though I couldnt overclock higher then 4.4 for some reason and temps under water were high.
Now I have a FX-8320. I love it as well. I use it for gaming, and my wife does photo editing through lightroom and photoshop. I am able to over clock to 4.8 and for the gaming Im doing and what my wife does it seems faster, and runs cooler. Its a great cpu.
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post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by SamVib View Post

I'll go with the AMD then, and invest the money into a better gpu. I was gonna go with a 7870, but now I could change that.

A very wise choice. The extra horsepower of the Intel chip doesn't really come into play until you get into the multiple GPU systems and multiple monitor resolutions. Any single card configuration at 1920x1080 and a 8320 overclocked will hang right there with a 3570K and considering you can get a better GPU with the money youll save, youll have a better performing gaming rig for the same money. thumb.gif
post #10 of 28
8320 with a better GPU is the winner hands down.

3570k with a 7870 < 8320 with 7870 XT/7950
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