3 minutes ago, IshGames said:
Pretty sure 1st, but want to here more opinions.
2 minutes ago, SeanAngelo said:
2 minutes ago, RxL said:
first option by a country mile
While I want to lean towards the first one too, I couldn't help but notice the lack of any proof or sources behind everyone's opinions, including mine, so I present to you my findings and research on both CPU's and Video Cards you're looking into getting.
*keep in mind these numbers are purely synthetic and do not represent real world situations depending on your particular workload and use case
For the money, I'd recommend the GTX 960, as from what I read all over the internet, the GTX 980 is a much better upgrade from the 960.
But if budget is set and you're trying to stick with your comparison, I'd go with the AMD/GTX970 any day, and here's why:
Despite the bias toward Intel (due to their superior marketing budget), AMD's FX-6300 and FX-8000 series chips perform better than Intels offerings, dollar for dollar. So save some money on the AMD CPU and get the better GTX 970 if that fits your budget, otherwise see if you can save for a 980, or a 1070 card.
While I await flogging for my comment, I can attest to this from building a system running an FX-6300 CPU in 2014, which is still not maxing out the CPU when running games like Rust. The friends I built it for are currently being bottlenecked by a GTX 750 Ti, which would need upgrading long before they'd reach full capacity of their CPU, and it's not even overclocked yet.