I'm building a gaming rig for a friend and I was wondering what would be a the best use of my budget. I have about $350 to spend on CPU and GPU, and was wondering wondering what combo would be best. Right now I'm stuck between an i3 2120+HD7850 and an i5 3570+HD6870. Which would be better for overall gaming performance? Or are there any better suggestions?
If it's strictly a gaming rig and you are after the fastest frame rates, I'd go with the i3 and the faster HD 7850. The dual core i3 2120 w/HT can keep up with any card. The i5 would be the better processor for future upgrades however.