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November 16, 2013 7:55:02 AM

I dont believe in spending over 250$ on one part in my computer. What would be the best gaming cpu on the market that i could buy for under 250$? I play Call of duty, battlefield 3/4, Guildwars 2 and minecraft. What cpu would be the best for me.

(I have 12gb's of ram, and a amd radeon 7850 with a 620w seasonic power supply, so power wont be a issue)

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November 16, 2013 7:56:16 AM

I Would Say It Is The Intel Core i7-3770k
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November 16, 2013 8:01:50 AM

if your building a gaming rig on a budget. there the amd 83xx that 180.00 online. right now asrock 990x mb been combo with it for 99.00. a step down is the 6300 at 110.00 online.
on intel size there the 4670k 199 at micro center and 230.00 online.
the 4570 is 199 online and 160.00 at micro center.
the asus -a running 140.00 online for sli/crossfire z87 mb. the h87 asus been running about 100.00 online.
both these cpu would be using ddr-3 ram.
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November 16, 2013 8:11:06 AM

i5 4670k or AMD FX 8320/8350.

My draft for the difference:

The difference between AMD and intel for gaming.
Firstly, you need to decide what your priorities are, and what you will use the PC for.
Things such as: light gaming, heavy gaming, basic work (e.g. MS Office), heavy work (e.g. video editing, 3d modeling).
For the most part in current games the biggest difference will be made by the selection of the GPU. Get a great GPU + worse CPU rather than worse GPU + great CPU.

The AMD FX CPU's have many cores, which are weaker.
intel i5's have less cores, which are stronger.

The intel's consequently have better performance per core. In older games, the intels perform better as those games are optimised for good performance with only a few cores (single-threading).
In newer games, the AMD FX's really shine due to the introduction of games using more cores (multi-threading).

The difference comes in depending on what you want to use the PC for. If you're on a tight budget, save some money and go with the AMD and spend the extra money on a better GPU that will give you better performance than any CPU could.

i5: Good for older games (single-threaded), Good for newer games (multi-threaded), Good for general work, great all-round CPU and probably the best around for current games (may change in future).
AMD: Slightly worse for older games (single-threaded), Great for newer games (multi-threaded e.g. BF4, Crysis 3), Good for light/heavy work, extra cores are great for 3d modeling and video editing or rendering, great CPU whilst costing much less than the intel. Even though it's worse in older games it will run them perfectly well and smoothly.

Regardless, both will perform well.
For an i5, I would recommend an i5 3570k or a 4670k. Why? They are king for gaming performance at the moment and since they are the k version they are unlocked and can be overclocked in future for a performance boost.

For an AMD, I would recommend a FX 6300/8320/8350 (might as well get the 8320, it's an 8350 clocked lower at stock which you can change) [Do NOT go with a bulldozer CPU, only piledriver. List here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piledriver_(microarchitecture) <-- That should all be one link, not sure why it splits.]. Why? Great multi-threaded performance for newer games and heavy work, are just fine in older games (not overkill, can deliver smooth frame rates maxed with a good GPU), and are great for productivity with a tame pricetag.

In conclusion, budget gaming/work: AMD. Not on a budget gaming/work: i5. The i5 currently delivers better performance but don't get the impression that the AMD is lagging behind. They are great for gaming and work with a really great pricetag, just not currently up there with intel. In newer games though such as BF4 the AMD's have caught up in performance and in some cases deliver better performance than the intel's for much less money. You will get great, smooth FPS with either.
Either solution will game just fine with a nice GPU, focus mainly on that.

Some non-synthetic benchmarks between the FX 83xx series and the i5/i7's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc

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Due to the next gen consoles having 8 AMD cores, console ports might prefer 8 cores or just play better on them than current games do. The i5s will be perfectly capable too in future.

TL;DR - get the cheaper option out of those above and spend more on a better GPU that will give you higher performance gains.
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November 16, 2013 8:17:21 AM

please stop sparkman... i7 has nothing to do with overclocking. i hate to be rude here but you really dont know what you are talking about.

also, the guy above me knows what he is talking about. listen to that guy
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November 16, 2013 8:21:00 AM

neon neophyte said:
please stop sparkman... i7 has nothing to do with overclocking. i hate to be rude here but you really dont know what you are talking about.

also, the guy above me knows what he is talking about. listen to that guy


Im just bored Lol
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