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which cpu is best for me: i3 4130 or fx 6300?

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March 27, 2014 2:09:01 PM

The more I think about it, the more I get confused. I think I understand that the idea that the i3 has two 'stronger' cores whilst the fx 6300 has 6 weaker cores. Also, I have been told that for future games at least 4 cores would be advised.

The i5s are out of my price range, and I would like to play a range of new and old PC games. I won't be overclocking for the time being, any input?

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March 27, 2014 2:14:20 PM

I really recommend the i3 4130 because it outperforms a stock FX6300 most of the time, and if you overclock the FX6300 then the price shoots up quite a bit. Plus the biggest seller is getting the i3 now gives you a far better upgrade path for the future.
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March 27, 2014 2:23:28 PM

CTurbo said:
I really recommend the i3 4130 because it outperforms a stock FX6300 most of the time, and if you overclock the FX6300 then the price shoots up quite a bit. Plus the biggest seller is getting the i3 now gives you a far better upgrade path for the future.


I 100% agree with this.
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March 27, 2014 2:29:58 PM

Would it be able to play upcoming games at all? Would I be better spending a bit extra pairing it with the r9 270 card rather than the r7 260x? And would the stock heatsink be okay? Sorry for all the questions!
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March 27, 2014 2:33:00 PM

Yes the i3 is very capable in games. Way more than people give it credit for. Yes the stock heatsink is fine for the i3. And yes you need to get the best video card you can afford, and that is unlikely to be either the 260x or 270.
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March 27, 2014 2:39:04 PM

Thanks for your help, how would you suggest I improve this build then?

[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3hyWC) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3hyWC/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3hyWC/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i34130) | £77.99 @ Aria PC
**Motherboard** | [MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-h81mp33) | £32.09 @ CCL Computers
**Memory** | [Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600...) | £58.68 @ Amazon UK
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-d...) | £35.99 @ Aria PC
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr...) | £128.71 @ CCL Computers
**Case** | [Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rck2...) | £33.86 @ CCL Computers
**Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...) | £44.98 @ Amazon UK
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-i...) | £11.69 @ CCL Computers
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | £69.96 @ CCL Computers
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | £493.95
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-27 21:37 GMT+0000 |
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March 27, 2014 2:44:38 PM

That is a pretty solid little rig right there. You should do fine with that.
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March 27, 2014 2:57:05 PM

Yep it appears that the 270 is the best at it's price range over in the UK.
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March 27, 2014 3:08:12 PM

Thanks, better to be sure before I rush in and buy the parts.
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March 27, 2014 8:55:56 PM

chickendance said:
Would it be able to play upcoming games at all? Would I be better spending a bit extra pairing it with the r9 270 card rather than the r7 260x? And would the stock heatsink be okay? Sorry for all the questions!


Yes, with the r9 270 it should even run BF4!
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