Best mid range cpu

i can't get my head round it, im building a computer for my mate at the budget of £400, or $650.

Not sure which cpu, i prefer amd. It seams like fx-6100 is pretty good value but for just a little more i could get fx-8120 or there are the phenoms, and intes even, and then there is new amd cpu's coming out.

I have about 2 months, so when the piledrivers come out the current fx's might go down in price

He is going to be mostly gaming and sometimes run a few virtual machines.
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  1. For gaming, using a discrete graphics card, a Intel cpu will generally be better.
    Here is a summary of one article:,3120-10.html

    AMD is usually good when you need many processing threads.
    But games rarely use more than two or three fast cores, making the amd cpu's not particularly suited for gaming.
    The 8 thread fx-8120 is actually not as good as the older Phenom II x4 chips.

    The new amd trinity cpu's have much better integrated graphics. If a gamer is satisfied with such graphics, then the A10 5800K may be a good choice. Otherwise, an Intel cpu with faster cores will be better if one will be using a graphics card of over $100 or so.

    Regardless, it is a bit premature to be making any decisions.
    Make up a budget now, and see what prices are when you are ready to buy.
    For what it is worth, budget twice as much for your graphics card as for your cpu if you are a gamer.
  2. With a £400 budget your looking at a Phenom II or a sandybridge pentium to leave enough for a decent GPU while at the same time getting reasonable bang for your buck
  3. Something like this maybe, it wont set the world on fire but should run his VM's and game decently

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

    Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard

    4GB Corsair Desktop 1333MHz DDR3 Memory Kit

    1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5" Hard Disk Drive

    Xigmatek Asgard ATX Mid Tower Case

    XFX Pro 450W Power Supply Unit

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Sapphire Radeon HD7770 OC Edition 1GB Graphics Card

    Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO CPU Cooler

    Total a little over at £427.27
  4. Intel is better, but if you want to get an AMD cpu for gaming, then go with FX Series 4170 Black Edition Quad Core Processor
  5. thankyou all these are very intelligent responses, just want i wanted.
    sorry for being late got busy at college.
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