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Old December 25, 2013, 04:02 PM
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So in a few days i'll be heading out to buy some parts for a new gaming PC build. I'm gonna be spending around 850$ - 950$ Canadian. So my basic dilemma here is deciding between using an AMD orientated build with a MSI R9 280x Gaming video card alongside an AMD FX-8320 CPU, or using a Nvidia/Intel Build with a MSI N770 Gaming Geforce GTX 770 2GB alongside an Intel I5-4670k. I'm planning on playing games like Battlefield 4 at Ultra settings with 2X MSAA at 1920 x 1080 and maybe overclocking the I5 to 3.8 GHz. So yeah any thoughts and suggestions are really appreciated.

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Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2*4GB DDR3
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Old December 25, 2013, 05:56 PM
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The graphics card is really your call/preference/and pending pricing available to you. The CPU is easy...for a gaming build go for the i5. Lower power consumption and higher FPS.
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:41 PM
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Thanks for your input dude. I'm probably gonna go with the I5 too seeing as it's on sale for like 40$ off lol
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Old December 26, 2013, 10:06 AM
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I would say go AMD all the way.
i5 may have the edge right now, Mantle will push the edge back to AMD, either way the 8350 is still a hell of a performer, in some cases keeping up with i7 as well.
As for Radeon vs Nvidia, I have used Radeon for many years and have been quite happy. 600 and 700 series cards from Nvidia have been quite good, but I also know MANY folks that got bum cards that ran fine for a few months then all of a sudden bad drivers or whatever and their cards would overheat like crazy.

Anyways, I would say Radeon they are solid performers for their cost.
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Old December 26, 2013, 02:54 PM
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I would say go AMD all the way.
i5 may have the edge right now, Mantle will push the edge back to AMD,
^^where are you getting the info to make that claim? Mantle could be interesting if used properly, but there is nothing out right now using it, and BF4 is behind in releasing a patch to use it from the rumours I have read. Also, mantle is going to affect GPU and not CPU from everything I have read.

I don't disagree that AMD are still good for the money on the CPU front (the 8320 is the bang for buck leader in that respect IMO), but for a gaming rig intel CPU are better if funds permit.
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If money is no object - go intel ~ want to stretch the dollar father AMD is a better buy. IMHO - but I'm an AMD user.

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An i5 will provide better performance more of the time and be more efficient with it (though thats a small price when worked out) but the AMD is still good, in very multi-threaded tasks it will be better and should cost less, allowing more budget for GPU and SSD

PSU is fine for any single card... If you had the money for 780 ti or 290x then I would suggest replacing it but any thing lower and you'll be fine.

GPU, the markets are a bit volatile for price (especially on AMD) so you need to see if you can get a good deal at your budget.. If you can get to a 770 or 280x or similar then the Asus DCII is an awesome card, low heat, quality components, quiet and usually competitively priced.
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the 8350 overclocked keeps up with i7's in most benchmarks I have read. It's a pretty reasonable CPU for the price and most guys are pretty happy with them.
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