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October 3, 2012 11:07:28 PM

Are there any decent-priced CPU's I could get my hands on that are preferably $100 or below but i will dish out 150 if necessary. Thanks for any help in advance :) 
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October 3, 2012 11:24:25 PM

About the cheapest 'I' can recommend is the $180 Intel Core i5-3330 and if you live close the a Micro Center the Core i5 3570K is about the same price as NewEgg's i5-3330. /edit I am assuming you live in the US and USD ($).

The 'problem' the Intel i3's or AMD FX or A series APU's can experience major frame loss in many games.

Gaming with either Intel HD Graphics or AMD APU's on regular HD (1920x1080) resolution is horrible.

Now if all you're doing is Web, Documents or typical non-gaming or non-rendering tasks then pretty much any CPU can do the job.
October 3, 2012 11:28:25 PM

jaquith said:
About the cheapest 'I' can recommend is the $180 Intel Core i5-3330 and if you live close the a Micro Center the Core i5 3570K is about the same price and NewEgg's i5-3330. /edit I am assuming you live in the US and USD ($).

The 'problem' the Intel i3's or AMD FX or A series APU's can experience major frame loss in many games.

Gaming with either Intel HD Graphics or AMD APU's on regular HD (1920x1080) resolution is horrible.

Now if all you're doing is Web, Documents or typical non-gaming or non-rendering tasks then pretty much any CPU can do the job.



I was told that the a6 APU isnt even a real desktop cpu and that it could choke out a card at low res like you stated above. Woul d I be ok with keeping this and upgrading to a 560Ti? Or would it choke that card out also? And my goal is to be able to play the upcoming medal of honor on decent res other than the low res I can currently run bf3 on with my gtx240
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October 3, 2012 11:47:42 PM

The only current AMD I even would even consider is the AMD FX-8120 (I personally won't get one); the A series are 'real' CPU's they just have an APU. It's not that difficult to find benchmarks with a discrete GPU and any of these processors.

I'd even like the i3's if I didn't see the large frame losses on many games.

Intel Core i5-3330 + GTX 560Ti is fine.

Here's a nice review of sub-$200 CPU's; see - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a... Games like BF3 are GPU driven and other games both the CPU and GPU influence frame rates. Now, if the only game you'll play is BF3 then it's not as important, but most folks play an assortment of games -- so my advice is the 'safest' overall.
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October 4, 2012 12:01:01 AM

got some kind of budget or a plan because you just can't buy a processor. until more information is given nobody should reply.
October 4, 2012 12:34:30 AM

jaquith said:
The only current AMD I even would even consider is the AMD FX-8120 (I personally won't get one); the A series are 'real' CPU's they just have an APU. It's not that difficult to find benchmarks with a discrete GPU and any of these processors.

I'd even like the i3's if I didn't see the large frame losses on many games.

Intel Core i5-3330 + GTX 560Ti is fine.

Here's a nice review of sub-$200 CPU's; see - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a... Games like BF3 are GPU driven and other games both the CPU and GPU influence frame rates. Now, if the only game you'll play is BF3 then it's not as important, but most folks play an assortment of games -- so my advice is the 'safest' overall.


I do have a budget of 300 which was originally for upgrading my gpu and psu. Come to find out I needed a new case, and here I am not sitting looking at over $500 in total. jaquith, would a AMD fx-6100 be considered ok, also? I am really reluctant to dish out even more money unless absolutely necessary. You have been a great help so far! :) 

Here's a link to the 6100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 4, 2012 12:48:12 AM

Does the FX-8120 work better than the i3? (Im assuming it is ok since you mentioned it) I just need the power to also play the upcoming medal of honor and you had mentioned something about the i3 dropping frames.
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October 4, 2012 2:30:37 PM

Depends on what your, not my, definition of "works better" is? Overall they're very similar performing CPUs.

I was and am very clear neither the i3 nor FX is my choice for a gaming CPU, and clearly the i5 is a superior choice for gaming -- wait a bit and save $30 bucks and get the i5-3330! It's a no brainer.
October 4, 2012 5:38:40 PM

I ended up getting a phenom and will order a i5 sometime in the future. Thanks for the help
October 6, 2012 8:40:24 PM

"The 'problem' the Intel i3's or AMD FX or A series APU's can experience major frame loss in many games.
Gaming with either Intel HD Graphics or AMD APU's on regular HD (1920x1080) resolution is horrible." - Jaquith

Dude,
I have 3 gaming rigs in my house right now. They all run 1920 x 1080 resolution. One is AMD FX-4100 with HD5870 GPU, One FX-8120 with GTX 470 GPU, and one Phenom II x 6 1055T with 2 x HD 6870 in CF. NONE of these set ups lose framerates. They are all on MAX or nearly MAX settings in game and run like silk. The lowest FPS is the Phenom with 6850s, but it still manages 35-40fps during intense battles.

Just wanted you to have some REAL information from personal experience. Not just someones opinion. You can get a FX-4100 new for $120 or off eBay for $80 easy.
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October 6, 2012 9:04:48 PM

Dallasathome said:
Dude,
I have 3 gaming rigs in my house right now. They all run 1920 x 1080 resolution. One is AMD FX-4100 with HD5870 GPU, One FX-8120 with GTX 470 GPU, and one Phenom II x 6 1055T with 2 x HD 6870 in CF. NONE of these set ups lose framerates. They are all on MAX or nearly MAX settings in game and run like silk. The lowest FPS is the Phenom with 6850s, but it still manages 35-40fps during intense battles.

Just wanted you to have some REAL information from personal experience. Not just someones opinion. You can get a FX-4100 new for $120 or off eBay for $80 easy.

First, I hate being called 'Dude'.

Next, show me any head-to-head CPU + Discrete GPU(s) review(s) with 1920x1080 resolution comparing the FX-4100, FX-8120, 1055T, etc to the Intel i5 series SB or IB CPU's in Gaming. Then and at that point we'll have something ... anything to talk about.

Here's an example (note the CPU's dead last) - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-...

October 7, 2012 7:14:35 PM

My friend just got his $1500 computer the other day with the 8150 and I forget what gpu and is maxing out everything so far including planetside 2, not the greatest show of power I know :) , and is loving it. I understand where jaquith is getting at with the intel being the best in terms of cpu power and all but my whole goal was to just be able to run the 560Ti for my first build as I was on a budget of $300 initially, one which I ended up doubling haha, so I ended up doing a budget build for now. I plan on getting a intel cpu next but am pretty sure I'll be fine for now with where I stand seeing as though the phenom x4 is capable of satsfying my needs in gaming for the moment. Thanks for the helps on this guys (especially jaquith) :) 
October 7, 2012 7:16:04 PM

Dallasathome said:
"The 'problem' the Intel i3's or AMD FX or A series APU's can experience major frame loss in many games.
Gaming with either Intel HD Graphics or AMD APU's on regular HD (1920x1080) resolution is horrible." - Jaquith

Dude,
I have 3 gaming rigs in my house right now. They all run 1920 x 1080 resolution. One is AMD FX-4100 with HD5870 GPU, One FX-8120 with GTX 470 GPU, and one Phenom II x 6 1055T with 2 x HD 6870 in CF. NONE of these set ups lose framerates. They are all on MAX or nearly MAX settings in game and run like silk. The lowest FPS is the Phenom with 6850s, but it still manages 35-40fps during intense battles.

Just wanted you to have some REAL information from personal experience. Not just someones opinion. You can get a FX-4100 new for $120 or off eBay for $80 easy.



Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to keep it in mind in the future!
December 1, 2013 10:55:42 AM

I got my AMD FX-8320 for $130 and it came with a free game on Newegg! It is an amazing processor with 8 cores and clocked at 3.5GHz but is easily overclockable to 4.0GHz which is amazing.
December 1, 2013 10:57:53 AM

lowep92 said:
Dallasathome said:
"The 'problem' the Intel i3's or AMD FX or A series APU's can experience major frame loss in many games.
Gaming with either Intel HD Graphics or AMD APU's on regular HD (1920x1080) resolution is horrible." - Jaquith

Dude,
I have 3 gaming rigs in my house right now. They all run 1920 x 1080 resolution. One is AMD FX-4100 with HD5870 GPU, One FX-8120 with GTX 470 GPU, and one Phenom II x 6 1055T with 2 x HD 6870 in CF. NONE of these set ups lose framerates. They are all on MAX or nearly MAX settings in game and run like silk. The lowest FPS is the Phenom with 6850s, but it still manages 35-40fps during intense battles.

Just wanted you to have some REAL information from personal experience. Not just someones opinion. You can get a FX-4100 new for $120 or off eBay for $80 easy.



Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to keep it in mind in the future!

Do not get an A series CPU from AMD or an i3 but an FX series processor will be fine just don't get anything in the 4000 series because they only have 4 cores when you can get an 8 core cpu for around the same price.
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