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Budget Gaming PC AMD FX 8320E vs. i3 4370

Hey guys! I'm new to building computers and right now am currently in the middle of building one. I already ordered a ASUS R9 270x GPU and already have an optical drive/HDD. Right not I'm still debating between 2 CPU + mobo bundles. The FX 8320E and the i3 4370. I know the i3 has better performance but I'm kind of worried about games coming out in the future requiring 4 cores, as the i3 only has 2 (I think I don't really understand the whole hyper threading thing). Anyways here are my 2 builds currently.

Build 1: FX 8320E
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZmZP6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZmZP6/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor ($136.85 @ Mwave)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $497.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-10 21:15 EDT-0400
Coming out to a total of $448 using http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx for the CPU + mobo.

Build 2: i3 4370
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h7bHLk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h7bHLk/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($159.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($27.85 @ OutletPC)
Total: $482.28
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-10 21:16 EDT-0400
Coming out to a total of $423 using the CPU + mobo combo from http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx .

I will be OC the FX 8320E if I go with that build. Which build is best for current games + games to come? I want to be able to play modern games on high and I also play League of Legends. So which build is the best considering price to performance? Any suggestions or changes recommended for the build?

Edit: I could drop the SSD and get an i5 4690k + ASrock Z9 Pro4 combo for $60 more. Would the price to performance be worth spending $10 and droping the SSD?
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    Well both processors will indefintely play LoL with 0 problem at all. You have no dedicated GPU so you won't be able to play things on High settings. No chance at all brother. I would recommend the AMD way if you want the best bang for the buck but if you want to upgrade one day in the future, the Intel is the obvious choice.
  2. I already bought a ASUS R9 270x so I didn't include it in my parts haha sorry!
  3. Jesus, is it that hard to understand that i5s are the true and only gaming CPUs on earth? Ofcourse it is possible to repurpose i7 or xeon for gaming too just for the price obvious option would be i5. Better get some cheaper case/keyboard/mobo and get i5 than stick with heinous, overpriced scourge of the world the repulsive mistake of humanity nowdays known with the dreadful name of i3-4370. FX is nice option but it locks down your upgrade path.
  4. Kingston V300 series are the only SSD I wouldn't recommend to anyone too, It's the same series which screwed kingston reputation hard, you ain't wanna find out why.
  5. Well I'm not really a hardcore gamer so I don't really think that would be necessary :/ I only play when I have free time but I would like to be able to play current, modern games at relatively high settings. I'm not looking for like 120 FPS at Ultra settings but more like 50-60 at high
  6. i3-4370 was created by accident when some intel processor engineers accidently spilled mutagen on i3-4160, don't buy it, DON'T! if you seriously got an addiction to i3's get the i3-4160 way cheaper, pretty much same CPU, though a more solid budget option would be something like FX-6300 or FX-8320. G3258 is always on the table too however even casual gamers nowdays have atleast an i5-4460.
  7. This would be so much better. The 4590 is $159 at microcenter

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9HcLK8
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9HcLK8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($27.85 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $473.68
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-10 22:09 EDT-0400
  8. CTurbo said:
    This would be so much better. The 4590 is $159 at microcenter

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9HcLK8
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9HcLK8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($27.85 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $473.68
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-10 22:09 EDT-0400


    +1 , just change the SSD and you're good to go.
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