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Old 04-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Depends on if you want an upgrade path or not. If you plan on keeping the CPU for say, 5 years, then just grab the AMD. If you think you'll have a job or get some Christmas/birthday money or whatever then get the i5 because later this year those 3770ks will go for around 200 bucks or less. Don't forget, the i5 also will have resell value so you can sell it, get some of your money back and get the better CPU in the long run. Either choice is good. If you had a bigger budget and it was a case of getting the 3570k or the 8350 then I would say the 3570k hands down.

Just as a comparison, first gen Core i5 CPUs without an overclock still can max any game with a high end GPU. (First gen being i5 750, second gen i5 2500k, third being the 3570k)
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I mean the 3570k is only 20 dollars more than the AMD processor I was going to get and I will probably want to upgrade in a few years and the resale value is definitely a plus so maybe I should consider that. Then I just need to find a good motherboard and I'll be on my way.
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The 3570k will have more resale value than both the 3330 and 8350. With it, you will need a Z77 board which is going to cost you around 110.

I recommend the ASRock Extreme 3 Z77. Cheap good board that will allow overclocking later on, as well as SLI/Crossfire support.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ok, what about this combo here?

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GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD3 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - Newegg.com

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Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570 - Newegg.com
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The ASRock board I mentioned is better.

ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com
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