I am looking for a budget gaming CPU, my plan at the moment is to use a AMD Phenom x4 965 and overclock it to bring it up the the same speeds as the 980(bump up the clock multiplier from x17 to x18.5 thus bringing the clock up from 3.4GHz to 3.7GHz.) I was just wondering if there is an intel processor that would provide better 'bang for the buck'?
for pure gaming the I3-2100 is better and you can upgrade to I5-2500k later
BUT for overall usage I would pick the 965
while the I3-2100 is a great performer I would rather have the 4 real cores instead of
with a good cooler and good OC
it would be hard to stress out the 965
Number of cores is really irrelevant if 2 cores can beat 4 which in this case it does. Even in general computer usage 2 cores is all you need, the only place the x4 is better is video editing software or the like. The amd build will cost more since you have to buy a better heatsink to OC and a bit higher power consumption. You even have to OC the phenom and still have less performance than the intel. Don't get me wrong I'm not an intel fanboy, 2/3 of my last computers were amd but at this moment, intel has got amd beat in gaming price/performance at any worthwhile gaming rig.
But really either choice will game well at this somewhat low end price. Just make sure you get a am3+ board with that 965. I might even suggest a 955.