I am looking to build a gaming PC, (I have everything else picked out except the CPU) but I am kinda at a stalemate when it comes to what CPU to get. I have looked at i3s, i5s, Athlon II x3s and x4s and even Phenom IIs. And I have narrowed it down to either an i3 or Athlon II x4. I want to stay under $125 for the CPU.
I am looking for good OC potential and the best performance for playing two games in perticular, Crysis and Bad Company 2.
I already plan to get 4GB of G-skill DDR3 1333 and an XFX HD 5770 or 5830. So with the combo of those components, which CPU would be best for me.
crysis and BFBC2 both run just fine on a dual core and the athlon II x4 is not really a good gaming CPU, its more in the OK range. in fact, an athlon II x3 will give you the exact same performance in virtually every game.