(i5 3570k or FX-8350) + MSI GTX 960

By Marty9231 · 6 replies
Feb 26, 2015
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  1. Hello!

    Today I have been looking into new parts to upgrade my computer, since it's far overdue. While looking, it seemed to me that most of my existing parts could stay, and I only really needed to upgrade the CPU and GPU.

    My computer currently uses an AMD motherboard courtesy of ASRock, so I focused on finding an AMD processor first. My eye fell on: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition.
    For the sake of fair competition, I looked into Intel as well, and found: Intel Core i5 3570k.
    Now, since my motherboard is AMD, I'd have to switch my board for that. I found: ASRock Z77 Pro3 to be a good price/quality part for the job.

    The GPU I eventually found was MSI GeForce GTX 960. Apparently combining NVidia chips with AMD processors doesn't cause issues.

    Total cost with AMD processor: 400 Euro (450$) (using current ASRock 870 Extreme3 r2.0 motherboard).
    Total cost with Intel processor: 540 Euro (610$) (with the new motherboard listed above).

    540 is just a little too much for me, so if I could avoid it, I would want to. My question is: would the difference in performance between the AMD and Intel chips really be worth the additional 140 Euro?
    I'm primarily a gamer, playing mostly League of Legends, Eve Online and a bunch of other games that I play less regularly. I like running multiple clients at once, and/or multiple games at once.

    Apart from these parts, I have 8GB DDR3 RAM (recently upgraded), 64GB SSD and 1TB harddrive (7200rpm), and a 900W PSU (don't judge, it was on sale).

    Also, any related advice regarding compatibility or suggestions for different parts are more than welcome!
    Thanks in advance,

  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    This should answer answer your question.
    Both for performance and OC'ing, the FX8350
    If you dont believe me , follow this

    The ancient games used on the Guru are ridiculous (very dated) and limited core
    FX 8350 over 3770K
    watch what happens here:
    see the apps and modern games this century and modern res

    Can follow it here at TS as well
    and this for that matter:

    All I have to say
    Greg :)
  3. Marty9231

    Marty9231 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 142

    Nice! Thank you for the links!

    If I understand it right, this all points to the FX 8350 as being better bang for your buck, like I originally thought.

    That would be good news as it would save me a lot. :)
  4. How is an out dated intel cpu and motherboard 610 dollars?
  5. A brand new i7-4790k and motherboard is 370 euro. And as for a 960, its a very low performing GPU for the price.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£263.94 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£106.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £370.70
  6. You must not know how to trans-code.


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