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Which processor for media server/light gaming machine?

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June 30, 2014 1:35:40 PM

I started out looking to build the most budget machine I could, and I still want that to be a major consideration, but I'm willing to spend a little more if it makes it more future proof or run better.

The main thing I'll be using it for is as a plex media server and for light gaming. The main game I'm wanting to play is Wildstar, but I might try more intensive games in the future. Since it is a plex media server, some of the time when my roommates are streaming video it may require transcoding, so if possible I'd like to be able to play a game while it's transcoding without a huge drop off in performance. For this reason I was originally leaning towards an AMD CPU like the FX 6300 or 8320, but I was curious if I should maybe instead get an i3 since I can later upgrade to an i5. In this scenario would more cores always mean better performance?

If it matters for my graphics card I'm planning on getting a EVGA 750 TI SC.

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June 30, 2014 1:50:28 PM

I like the i5 combo better; Newer and faster.
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June 30, 2014 1:50:38 PM

Any Haswell i3 is better than the 6300, and I'm pretty sure the 4360 (that's the best one right?) is better than the 8320
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June 30, 2014 1:53:27 PM

Haswell i3 with an H97 pro4 now, upgrade to a 1231v3 later.
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