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Athlon ii x4 740 vs Pentium G2120

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July 1, 2013 2:23:29 PM

Title says it all, paired with a HD 7750 for some med-high budget gaming (that sounded nerdy).
No other suggestions please unless anyone can find a 4-core/4-thread cpu that's under £65 ($90 due to conversion of selling rate if you understand) that ISN'T a Phenom ii X4 965 because of the incredibly high Wattage!
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July 1, 2013 2:48:10 PM

Well for power consumption a pentium or a low end i3 is about as good as it gets.

There are the 95W FX series, 4300 would be a bit over budget. There is also the Phenom II x550 at 80W, and the A6-6400k at 65W, then you have the built in GPU.

You could combine your CPU/GPU budget to get the A10-6800k with an integrated 8670 gpu.
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July 2, 2013 8:44:21 AM

Nonono, I already have the HD7750, now I just need a CPU.
Did a bit of research and found that the best CPU for under £100 is the FX6300. If this CPU is that much of an improvement over the 740/G2120, then I'm willing to spend the extra money... That IS unless Intel's slightly more expensive i3 3220 can out-perform it, which seems doubtful.
So I guess the new qu is: FX 6300 vs. i3 3220!
Cheers for the help, by the way!
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July 2, 2013 11:33:54 AM

The i3-3220 would outperfrom the 6300 on single threaded tasks, the extra cores on the 6300 would let it perform better in any multi-threaded task.

Most currently available games use 1-2 threads. Brand new titles like Crysis 3 can utilize all the processor cores, but that isn't a game that a 7750 could run very effectively.
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July 2, 2013 11:52:18 AM

The 6300 is your best bet. It will give a little extra power in gaming. And between that pentium and athlon, the athlon is quite a performer for its price, i would go with that.
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July 2, 2013 11:54:30 AM

Okay, thanks for the help, ima count the FX 6300 (games won't be using 6 cores any time soon!) out of this one and ask:

Phenom ii x4 965 vs i3 3220? (Just found an 80+ B XFX 550W PSU that will handle the Phenom fine + future upgrade room)

Will the hyper-threading in the i3 act the same/as efficiently as a quad core in games like BF3/DayZ online?

Oh and finally, there is LITERALLY no point in me getting an FX 4300 as it's currently more expensive than all 3 + the Phenom is about £30 cheaper and seems to be pretty much AS good!
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July 2, 2013 12:09:42 PM

The phenom ii is a good performer. In gaming you wont see much difference between the phenom and fx 4300.
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July 2, 2013 12:15:35 PM

Beggelton said:
Okay, thanks for the help, ima count the FX 6300 (games won't be using 6 cores any time soon!) out of this one and ask:

Phenom ii x4 965 vs i3 3220? (Just found an 80+ B XFX 550W PSU that will handle the Phenom fine + future upgrade room)

Will the hyper-threading in the i3 act the same/as efficiently as a quad core in games like BF3/DayZ online?

Oh and finally, there is LITERALLY no point in me getting an FX 4300 as it's currently more expensive than all 3 + the Phenom is about £30 cheaper and seems to be pretty much AS good!


You must have missed the news of PS4 and Xbox One using an 8 core AMD APU then. Those will be out later this year, iirc. FX 6300 is a solid choice.
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July 2, 2013 12:19:39 PM

Think I might go for the Phenom ii then. That's if it is future-proof for a year or two. So, is it, do you reckon? Obviously can't really judge the future, just your opinions please! :) 

Also, is the FX 6300 future-proof?
Cheers again guys! :) 
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July 2, 2013 12:21:34 PM

There is no such thing as future proof, really. Going forward, an FX 6300 is a better choice over a Ph II.
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July 2, 2013 12:23:20 PM

logainofhades said:
Beggelton said:
Okay, thanks for the help, ima count the FX 6300 (games won't be using 6 cores any time soon!) out of this one and ask:

Phenom ii x4 965 vs i3 3220? (Just found an 80+ B XFX 550W PSU that will handle the Phenom fine + future upgrade room)

Will the hyper-threading in the i3 act the same/as efficiently as a quad core in games like BF3/DayZ online?

Oh and finally, there is LITERALLY no point in me getting an FX 4300 as it's currently more expensive than all 3 + the Phenom is about £30 cheaper and seems to be pretty much AS good!


You must have missed the news of PS4 and Xbox One using an 8 core AMD APU then. Those will be out later this year, iirc. FX 6300 is a solid choice.

+1. FX6300 is a bit more future proof compared to the i3 because it has 6 cores compared to the i3 which is basically a pentium g2020 with hyper threading and 4 threads.
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July 2, 2013 12:28:30 PM

So the 6300 for sure? It's about £20 more, defo worth it for the extra cores?

Also, I was planning to get the PS4 due to the specs for the price, but it crossed my mind that devs would be optimizing games SPECIFICALLY for the PS/X1 to utilise the 8 cores.

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July 2, 2013 12:35:28 PM

Beggelton said:
So the 6300 for sure? It's about £20 more, defo worth it for the extra cores?

Also, I was planning to get the PS4 due to the specs for the price, but it crossed my mind that devs would be optimizing games SPECIFICALLY for the PS/X1 to utilise the 8 cores.



Yea and since the AMD APU is an x86 chip just like we run in our PC's, PC ports should also utilize more cores as they would in their console versions.
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July 2, 2013 12:36:26 PM

Right, didn't know that, I'm a bit of a noob :) 
Okay! Thanks again guys! :D 
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