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February 28, 2014 12:07:00 PM

i need to choose between i3-4130 or an fx-6300. I will be doing gaming,recording and video editing. everything else i do will be casual.

any ideas?

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February 28, 2014 12:11:27 PM

FX over i3, while i3 is better for gaming and an all rounder, heavy editing needs more horsepower and high core count and that's where the FX shines.

PS: do not forget a separate hard drive for your recordings. if not, any recording you ever try to make /on a system drive/ would feel like the thirteen trials from hell :D 
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February 28, 2014 12:12:59 PM

randoms got it right with the FX 6300 for your build. For video editing, make sure to get the fastest memory you can. 2133 mhz G.Skill Ares kits can be had for the same price as 1600mhz kits.
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February 28, 2014 12:14:14 PM

If you can bump up the price of the cpu a little bit, get the 8320 i got mine on sale for 130$.
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February 28, 2014 12:15:13 PM

The i3 would be faster for light applications and gaming.
The FX6300 would on the other hand do better when multitasking and video editting.

I had the slower version of the AMD, the FX6100 and it did fine in gaming including BF3, though it slowed down alot in Crysis 3 for some reason.

I would go for the i3 in a gaming pc.
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February 28, 2014 12:44:37 PM

Well that is a tough one. The Intel option is good (even for a dual core CPU) as well as the AMD system. It will come down to what your budget is and what you prefer. I generally prefer more cores for the multi-tasking abilities, but that is just me. Generally the AMD systems are usually a bit cheaper, but it all depends on what your future plans for the platform that you use is.

Here is a more gaming themed Intel build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($133.64 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $983.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-28 15:41 EST-0500)

AMD build with possibly more upgrade options (not for sure, but something to consider):
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($133.64 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $995.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-28 15:43 EST-0500)
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