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Budget Gaming CPU A10-5800K or i3-3220

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February 26, 2014 1:19:37 PM

Hy,

I would like to play Bf4 and Planetside 2 but my current CPU (E4600) isn't up for the task so I want to upregade it. Unfortunately I dont have much money so I am thinking about the AMD 5800K or the i3-3220. I want to use it for gaming for up to 3 years in the future so please keep this in mind, when recommending any of them. Please feel free to recommend a motherboard for the CPU. I have a good GPU so I dont care about the GPU part of any CPU. I also have a full copper zalman cooler so crappy original cooler is not a problem.

Thank You in advance!
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February 26, 2014 1:23:35 PM

May I ask what GPU do you have? and what's the exact budget for your CPU + MB
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February 26, 2014 1:25:45 PM

The performance of those two processors, iGPU notwithstanding, is about neck and neck, but the i3 has a tiny edge over the A10 in the single-threaded department.

Most older games and even many newer ones rely heavily on single-threaded performance, but in the case of BF4 and Planetside 2 which are both CPU dependant and optimized for multiple cores I'd say the A10 is a better bet, but not by much.

Depends on the prices really, whichever one is cheaper will probably decide which one you get--both perform about equally.


http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_A10-Series_A10...
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3220-vs-AMD-A10-5...
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February 26, 2014 1:28:11 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
May I ask what GPU do you have? and what's the exact budget for your CPU + MB


My GPU is GTX 650 Ti. My budget is around 250$.
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February 26, 2014 1:30:46 PM

You could get an 8320 and am3+ motherboard for that. Or you could get a 3350p and a cheap LGA 1155 motherboard or LGA 1150 equivalents
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February 26, 2014 1:31:04 PM

s4in7 said:
The performance of those two processors, iGPU notwithstanding, is about neck and neck, but the i3 has a tiny edge over the A10 in the single-threaded department.

Most older games and even many newer ones rely heavily on single-threaded performance, but in the case of BF4 and Planetside 2 which are both CPU dependant and optimized for multiple cores I'd say the A10 is a better bet, but not by much.

Depends on the prices really, whichever one is cheaper will probably decide which one you get--both perform about equally.


http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_A10-Series_A10...
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3220-vs-AMD-A10-5...


I have heard that BF4 is not well optimized for 2 core CPUs so thats why I would prefer the A10 if this is really true. Do you think that games in the future will be optimized for 4 or more core CPUs?
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February 26, 2014 1:34:49 PM

Are you in the US? If so, $250 can go a long way. You could get an AMD FX-8320 and a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard for $200+shipping or an Intel Core i5-3350P and an ASRock H61MV-ITX motherboard for $230--both would offer far greater performance than an A10 or Core i3.
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February 26, 2014 1:36:21 PM

thdarkshadow said:
You could get an 8320 and am3+ motherboard for that. Or you could get a 3350p and a cheap LGA 1155 motherboard or LGA 1150 equivalents


Do you think this would be a good pair? 8320 on an ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 motherboard?
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February 26, 2014 1:38:59 PM

Balazs227 said:
s4in7 said:
The performance of those two processors, iGPU notwithstanding, is about neck and neck, but the i3 has a tiny edge over the A10 in the single-threaded department.

Most older games and even many newer ones rely heavily on single-threaded performance, but in the case of BF4 and Planetside 2 which are both CPU dependant and optimized for multiple cores I'd say the A10 is a better bet, but not by much.

Depends on the prices really, whichever one is cheaper will probably decide which one you get--both perform about equally.


http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_A10-Series_A10...
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3220-vs-AMD-A10-5...


I have heard that BF4 is not well optimized for 2 core CPUs so thats why I would prefer the A10 if this is really true. Do you think that games in the future will be optimized for 4 or more core CPUs?


I really do. The hardware market drives software development and the majority of the hardware market (which now includes the x86 PS4 and Xbone) is multi-core.

For your budget, I'd recommend an FX-8320--it's substantially faster than an i5 3350P and the extra cores will help to future proof you a little bit (if there is such a thing). Check the benchmark: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
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February 26, 2014 1:39:22 PM

s4in7 said:
Are you in the US? If so, $250 can go a long way. You could get an AMD FX-8320 and a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard for $200+shipping or an Intel Core i5-3350P and an ASRock H61MV-ITX motherboard for $230--both would offer far greater performance than an A10 or Core i3.


Thank You very much! I will go with the 8320 with the GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard.
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February 26, 2014 1:40:56 PM

Balazs227 said:
s4in7 said:
Are you in the US? If so, $250 can go a long way. You could get an AMD FX-8320 and a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard for $200+shipping or an Intel Core i5-3350P and an ASRock H61MV-ITX motherboard for $230--both would offer far greater performance than an A10 or Core i3.


I like those setups! I live in europe but the prices are prety close to US prices. Which one of these setups is better in your opinion for the CPU intensive games?


The 8320 is better than the 3350P almost across the board. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

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February 26, 2014 1:45:39 PM

Balazs227 said:
s4in7 said:
Are you in the US? If so, $250 can go a long way. You could get an AMD FX-8320 and a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard for $200+shipping or an Intel Core i5-3350P and an ASRock H61MV-ITX motherboard for $230--both would offer far greater performance than an A10 or Core i3.


Thank You very much! I will go with the 8320 with the GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard.


Wait! That motherboard only supports the older FX processors, not the new Visheras like the 8320. Go for this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or check out IDontUnderstand's combo suggestion if you can afford it.

Excellent choice on the 8320 though! I love mine :) 
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February 26, 2014 1:55:03 PM


Sadly that motherboard is not avileable in my country. I was looking ath this: ASUS M5A78L-M LX3. Do you think it will fit?
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February 26, 2014 2:07:07 PM

Let me rephrase, the majority of 760G boards only support 95w. I'd still go with a 970 chipset.
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February 26, 2014 2:11:11 PM

s4in7 said:
Let me rephrase, the majority of 760G boards only support 95w. I'd still go with a 970 chipset.


My only problem with them is that they are a bit pricy. I cant find one under 100$s, but if you say thats what I need than I will buy one.
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February 26, 2014 2:14:58 PM

Balazs227 said:
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s4in7 said:
The 760G chipset only supports up to 95w CPU, and the 8320 is a 125w part. You need at least a motherboard with a 970 chipset like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


False, there are 125w capable 760g boards. I own two of them, each with an FX 8320. ;) 

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...


This one looks nince do you think it will fit with the FX-8320?


Re-read my comment on what I am using in mine. ;) 
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February 26, 2014 2:19:29 PM

Atta boy! Great choice, I love my 990fx Extreme3 and 8320--all the performance you need and some to spare.

Enjoy and remember to select a best answer if anything I said helped you out!
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February 26, 2014 2:21:00 PM

s4in7 said:
Atta boy! Great choice, I love my 990fx Extreme3 and 8320--all the performance you need and some to spare.

Enjoy and remember to select a best answer if anything I said helped you out!


You have been very helpful. Thank you very much!
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February 26, 2014 2:25:05 PM

It doesn't officially support the 8320 because it came out before the 8320, but a quick Google search of "asrock 970 extreme3 fx-8320" shows that many people are running the combo without issue.
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