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InvertedVantage
08-07-2012, 01:37 AM
I also do a lot of gaming but I want to upgrade my computer to get some better performance while modeling and rendering (only way I can justify the money). I have about $300 to spend, and am looking to get a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM. Right now I have a Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz, and 4 gigs of RAM.

I was just wondering, what do you guys think for a digital artist; is the AMD or i5 better?

olson
08-07-2012, 12:24 PM
The previous trend has been you get more for your money on the lower end with AMD. The FX-8120 processor would be a good fit for the budget and offer good rendering performance for the money.

sentry66
08-07-2012, 04:47 PM
you'll need to specify the i5 model you're looking at before anyone can recommend one over the other

InvertedVantage
08-07-2012, 04:51 PM
I was looking at this i5;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115089

vs this FX-8120;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961

I also do a lot of gaming which I hear the i5 is better for.

olson
08-07-2012, 04:58 PM
I was looking at this i5;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115089

vs this FX-8120;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961

I also do a lot of gaming which I hear the i5 is better for.

That Core i5 will have a slight advantage for gaming and the FX-8120 will have a rendering advantage. Fewer cores that are faster versus more cores. My guess is you wouldn't notice the difference when gaming as other factors are more likely to be the bottleneck like the graphics card. Either would be a good option for the budget.

sentry66
08-07-2012, 05:02 PM
you don't say what software you use, but the i5 will be better at gaming. It will also be better with most adobe products and better for modeling and animating. The AMD will be better at rendering

InvertedVantage
08-07-2012, 05:04 PM
I use CS5 and modo 601, with the occasional Rhino and Solidworks. I don't render nearly as often as I model and texture, though. I also use UDK a lot.

EDIT: By the way, thanks for all the helpful replies so far. :)

CKPinson
08-08-2012, 12:27 AM
My first PC build was AMD- love them but nowadays I use Intel- find a popular socket and later you can upgrade- plenty of options.

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