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It is time for a new rig and I am a little on the fence about which CPU to go with. I am only willing to spend $200 at the maximum on the CPU. My question here is what is the best AMD CPU I can purchase new for this price and what is the best Intel CPU that I can purchase new for this price. I will be overclocking the CPU and will be using an aftermarket heatsink with it. As far as integrated graphics goes, I will be using a dedicated GPU so there isn't really a need for integrated graphics. If possible, please make suggestions that are current generation processors such as Haswell and Richland...but I will go back one generation if the performance will be better. Also, I will be using this build for audio editing/production, video editing, gaming, and also everyday tasks like Internet and MS Office. I plan to have this build complete and running within the next month or two.
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What is your budget for the motherboard? Haswell motherboards are at a premium right now and so are the processors. You can get away with a cheap board on intel (cheap as in 4+1 VRM) but not so much on the higher end AMD chips (make sure you get a 8+2 or better board) but really I'd try to get a 8+2 or better board regardless.

A 3570K is $210 w/ a $10 off code on newegg a gigabyte z77 UD3H board is $140 or $110 for open box.
A 4770K is $350 the equivalent motherboard but z87 is $170

A AMD 8350 is $200
A AMD 8320 is $160

The gigabyte 990FX UD3H is $140


My opinion would be if your on a budget to go with either the 3570K or the 8320. Both will OC nicely Intel will cost you $350 the AMD will cost you $300 - $340. The AMD will cost more in energy but it's not the end of the world (or is it). The more time you log on the PC the more that will matter.

So flip a coin or if your a fanboy then go with your favorite. Neither are really better they both have ups and downs.

I would say Haswell is out with your budget.
Edited by givmedew - 6/13/13 at 12:53am
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What is your budget for the motherboard? Haswell motherboards are at a premium right now and so are the processors. You can get away with a cheap board on intel (cheap as in 4+1 VRM) but not so much on the higher end AMD chips (make sure you get a 8+2 or better board) but really I'd try to get a 8+2 or better board regardless.

A 3570K is $210 w/ a $10 off code on newegg a gigabyte z77 UD3H board is $140 or $110 for open box.
A 4770K is $350 the equivalent motherboard but z87 is $170

A AMD 8350 is $200
A AMD 8320 is $160

The gigabyte 990FX UD3H is $140


My opinion would be if your on a budget to go with either the 3570K or the 8320. Both will OC nicely Intel will cost you $350 the AMD will cost you $300 - $340. The AMD will cost more in energy but it's not the end of the world (or is it). The more time you log on the PC the more that will matter.

So flip a coin or if your a fanboy then go with your favorite. Neither are really better they both have ups and downs.

I would say Haswell is out with your budget.
So far I am leaning more towards the AMD 8320 and UD3 setup. Will there be any noticeable difference between the 3570k and 8320 usage wise? I'm assuming the 3570k would perform better in benchmarks. Also, Is the UD3 a good motherboard for overclocking?

EDIT: Also I will be using a GTX 770 with this build, if that matters any.
Edited by PCUAgamer - 6/13/13 at 3:21am
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Overclock the 8320 and it will match the 3770/4770 easily in Crysis 3 and BF3.
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Overclock the 8320 and it will match the 3770/4770 easily in Crysis 3 and BF3.
I don't think there would be but, would there be any bottlenecking of the GTX 770? How well does the 8320 overclock?
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Overclock the 8320 and it will match the 3770/4770 easily in Crysis 3 and BF3.
I don't think there would be but, would there be any bottlenecking of the GTX 770? How well does the 8320 overclock?
no bottlenecking and it over clocks extremely well. Also if your doing no overclocking you can get away with a nice 4+1 heatsinked board.

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There is no bottleneck and you are looking at 4.5GHz easily. Some 8320's hit higher but due to heat and voltage most stay around 4.5.
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Alright the 8320 it is then thumb.gif Now as far as overclocking is the Gigabyte 990FX UD3H a solid board?
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Alright the 8320 it is then thumb.gif Now as far as overclocking is the Gigabyte 990FX UD3H a solid board?

Yes it is one of the least expensive boards you can get that have a solid VRM/Power Phase. Also for the most part the next $50-70 in motherboards doesn't get you a better VRM design they just add features or bigger heatsinks. There may be some exceptions to that but for the most part it is true. You are getting the same power phase as most $200 boards.

Given that you really wouldn't be saving very much money buying a 4+1 sinked board so I would not recommend a 4+1 design as it would limit you if you changed your mind on overclocking later in the future.
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