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I was an avid AMD fanboy until I saw the bulldozer cpus and decided to get a 2500k. Could not be happier! But now I'm having a dilemma! I had a customer come in my shop so that we can build him a custom gaming PC. He is not looking into overclock at. Does not want to risk it burning up a CPU. But now that I see how well the AMD cpus are doing in Crysis 3 (game on his list) and I'm worried that I'm not going to future proof him well enough. Does anyone else see AMD cpus leading the way? I was going to go with a i5 Ivy bridge. Now... I'm no sure!
 

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1, it depends on your customers budget as i would use and amd apu over intel where budget doesn't allow for a gpu, but if there is the budget for a decent gpu i wouldn't hesitate to use an Intel ivy.
2, Tech's moving so quickly it pointless in future proofing, I would ask the customer what he plans to do with the build and then pick parts that can handle it as most decent gpu's and cpu's will last a good few years before becoming the bottleneck.
3, Also don't base your decisions on one game look at a whole host including different genre's
 

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8350 vs 2500k? The two pretty much trade blows with one another (source). The 8350 can benefit from games that support HT like BF3, at least where latency is concerned but in terms of FPS the 2500k performs a bit better (source).

I'm going to refrain from recommending one over the other as these things are often subjective and vary depending on individual needs and budget. That last link should help you make a decision though!
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EDIT: OH, and as far as gaming goes, a decent GPU is more relevant when it comes to gaming than a CPU is! You didn't ask but I will suggest you recommend a 7950 Boost (Sapphire, Gigabyte or MSI), best price/ performance ratio atm.
 

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What other parts are you looking on getting and what is your client's budget?
 

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His build is pretty simple. It has to be in a HTPC type of case because it will go with his TV and surround system. No SSD wanted. Just needing a tower. Budget it around $1000 at an absolute max of $1300 if needed.

I do need to factor in 20% markup in part prices an $180 in labor costs. Not my business so I have no control over these, but I am the builder and consultant to these kinds of builds. Also, the frame latency issues that plague the Radeon Cards is now starting to make my head spin.

*Sigh* I feel so incompetent now
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Well that leaves you with about $900-$930 max after markup and labor. With that budget I would say grab a 8350, a descent 970 motherboard, a 128Gb M4 or 120Gb Samsung 840, and a Tahiti 7870 or maybe a 7950. This should leave enough of a budget (~$250-300) for PSU, HDD, Case, optical drive, etc.
 

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The 8350 is the better choice as the i5 2500k now but remember the high power consumption from the bulldozer cpu´s. Not sure if I would want it for HTPC and Gaming.

And i thought the 8350 is only better than the i7-3770k because Crysis 3 dont utilize the Hyper threading? Or I´m wrong?
 

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Originally Posted by FireBean View Post

His build is pretty simple. It has to be in a HTPC type of case because it will go with his TV and surround system. No SSD wanted. Just needing a tower. Budget it around $1000 at an absolute max of $1300 if needed.

I do need to factor in 20% markup in part prices an $180 in labor costs. Not my business so I have no control over these, but I am the builder and consultant to these kinds of builds. Also, the frame latency issues that plague the Radeon Cards is now starting to make my head spin.

*Sigh* I feel so incompetent now
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You could go with intel, i5 3570k, mitx mobo, and a 7870/ 7950 Or a 670. That's $180-200 for CPU, $100-180 for the m-itx mobo, $250-400 for the card. At most, you will need no more than a a quality 500W PSU, which is $75-100. For premium parts, that will be roughly $800 with buying HDD, case, optical drive left.
 
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