CPU decision

Hi. So, i'll be buying myself a new rig, but since i'm living in Croatia it's a biiiit more complicated, the prices are omfg. So this:

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC
Mobo: ?
CPU: ?
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x 4gb) 1600 MHz CL9
PSU: Corsair GS 600W

FIRST: I need a CPU mostly for gaming, actually pretty much only for gaming, and games i will play would be, well, everything like The witcher, Mass effect, Darksiders, maybe even Sniper:Ghost warrior, but most important is Guild Wars 2 i'm thinking to play, which looks like it will be optimized for quad cores, now there's my problem.

Now there's a prob. I can't decide the CPU, which then would decide the Mobo.

So i was thinking, since i5, one of the better, 3550, in Croatia costs 340 $ no more no less, no way i'll go for it.

Then i was looking on i3s, and i don't know, i thought of buying i3 2120, which would be just my budget,180 $, which is in the same time a really good CPU, how much i know, but it's only a dual core.

Now there's AMD's. They have low budget, my budget, quad processors, so i thought of FX 6100/4100, or even AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition.

I have read a ton of reviews, and i just can't decide properly, is it worth buying an i3 even if a game i will be mainly playing isn't optimized for dual cores, would it be a lot worse or a bit worse?, or should i buy AMD quad, which are, how much i know, just a bit worse than intel's i3... or should i pay like 160 $ for an i5 ?
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  1. I mean, it is, 965 black edition versus i3 2120 vs ( someone has a better suggestion ? ). I would take 965 because it's quad core, and i3 2120 because it has an upgrade path, thought i am not thinking to upgrade to much better for like 4, max 5 years.
  2. Hm alright, if 340-350 dollars is the way it must be... ehh no way. Thanks for your time and help! :)
  3. i5 3570k
    Asrock z77 Extreme4

    If you cannot afford these go with the i3/mobo I have listed in budget rig in my signature.
  4. Contana said:
    Hm alright, if 340-350 dollars is the way it must be... ehh no way. Thanks for your time and help! :)


    I have to say, verbalizer is right on this one. If you want this thing to be future proof (especially for 4-5 years) a Phenom will just be a pain in the butt. You have to go with the 2500k! 220$ on newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 If you need, make some compromises (start with only 4gb RAM, you can add more at any time, get a smaller hard drive etc.) because the CPU is the hardest thing to upgrade because it basically means throwing away the previous one.
  5. Hm, alright, i'm just, well nobody answered, if a game is optimized for multi cores, will a dual core be much worse or a little bit worse for such a game ?
  6. Contana said:
    Hm, alright, i'm just, well nobody answered, if a game is optimized for multi cores, will a dual core be much worse or a little bit worse for such a game ?


    A dual core is fine for older games however you will get a noticeable performance decrease in newer games (they are all built around quad core processors).
  7. Ah ok. Thanks everyone for help, i'm guessing i'll find a way to somehow get it from newegg or similar, it costs just too much here. TY! :D
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