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Go with the 3570k, especially when you listed Skyrim and Civ 5 as the games you play. The 3570k will do much better in those games.

As you can see, the 3570k performs much better in Skyrim
http://techreport.com/review/23750/amd-fx-8350-processor-reviewed/9


Civ 5 is also a CPU intensive game. The 3570k also performs better.
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I don't have any issues with gaming on my 3820 @ 4ghz.
What I can say though is that it is substantially faster at dvd or bluray encoding (using handbrake) than the guys using i5's on the handbrake forums. - it is up to 3 hours faster compared to some!
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It depends on the software. In most cases the 3570k is only a little bit (20% or less) behind the 8350 for encoding.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-review,3328-12.html
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post #24 of 28
8350 since you will be streaming and can be easily clocked to 4.8, hitting above that requires luck @ silicon lottery
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I'm going to offer a different angle to this.

3570k overclocking: hit a brick wall, can only really change multiplier
FX 8350: rich combinations of bus + multiplier overclocking can lead to lots of different results. lots of room to tweak the system and improve performance. One of my lowest CB scores is at 5.07ghz and one of my best ones is at a lower clockspeed but I squeezed more performance out of it by changing times and other bus speeds.

I've OCed SB and FX chips and the FX is a ton more fun. That and my personal experience is that Intel chips are a lot easier to kill with overclocking.

But the bottom line is that both are going to be extremely playable for games and they will handle them fine. I play SC2 a bunch and to be quite honest it runs just fine on ultra. You can always switch FX 8350 to 4m/4c mode and it helps a ton with single thread performance. I usually keep two bios profiles and switch depending on what I'm doing, but it's not a large deal for me because I usually work in Linux, reboot, change BIOS to whatever games I'm going to be playing, and then boot into Windows.

It's a really fun chip to play around with. I've been OCing since my first rig I built myself with a 1.7ghz Pentium 4 and FX 8350 is by far the most fun I've ever had overclocking. It's been over a year and to this day I still try different bus and multiplier settings to see if I can get my CB 15 scores higher.
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I also think that AMD has the better platform to tinker with. When I overclock I always use a combination of changing the multiplier and the bus speed. That is if the processor is unlocked.
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Thanks for the advice. I am set on an FX-8350. I will buy the mobo first then the chip since the mobo will run my current cpu.
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I also think that AMD has the better platform to tinker with. When I overclock I always use a combination of changing the multiplier and the bus speed. That is if the processor is unlocked.
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