Best Processor For Around $100?

Hey Guys,
I'm about to build a new computer and I was wondering which processor is best for around a $100 - $150.

I'm going to be using it for gaming and a little for work.
I will also not be overclocking it.

Thanks Guys!
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  1. well I prefer the Phenom II X4 965 be for around the price, also a Phenom II X6 1045t on tigerdirect, or the fx bulldozer series the 4100/4170/6100 go for around $105-140 but arnt as good as the phenoms, and comparing to a phenom quad core u can get an Sandy bridge or ivy bridge i3, and low end i5 if u can find one under 150. overall the i3/i5 will be better but the i3 is a dual core with hyper threading just core per core faster than amd, but even if better in benchmarks i prefer the native quad core with the phenom.

    What games are you looking to play?
  2. We're not that far from Piledriver, so I'd wait for that. It's supposed to come out on the 23rd, so it's a bit over two weeks away.
  3. I think that if you want a good processor that can handle the most games so that they dont crash when you for an example play them on high or ultra, i suggest you go for a little more expensive one, the intel cores are the best ones in my opinion and they cost a slightly les cash heres one for example:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3550-3-3GHz-Technology/dp/B007RUZJCK/ref=sr_1_12?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1349640722&sr=1-12
    But if you really want something thats like maybe highest 10 bucks over your price limit i wouldnt recommend a i3, no then i would suggest that you go for a amd FX that if you want anew costs a little more than youre limit:http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX-Series-FX-8120-Processor-Warranty/dp/B005UBNKZG/ref=sr_1_11?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1349640722&sr=1-11
    And as a final if youre really stubborn with the 100ds limit here is one i recommend:http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX-6100-Prozessor-Boxed-Sockel/dp/B0065IXXUK/ref=sr_1_938?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1349643983&sr=1-938

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!
  4. Well due to the fact that my friends are complete idiots and they're obsessed with consoles, i'm trying to create a smaller computer but it will also be as cheap as the console but will still be able to play good games
  5. I would go with the I3 or 965 BE. I personally would take the I3 since it's faster than the Phenom II and can handle pretty much all games just fine.
  6. Phenom IIs can match the i3s in individual core performance, if you overclock them (and exceed them in 4 thread performance). But at stock speeds, and since you aren't going to overclock, I would go ahead and grab an Ivy Bridge i3.
  7. firestorm09 said:
    Well due to the fact that my friends are complete idiots and they're obsessed with consoles, i'm trying to create a smaller computer but it will also be as cheap as the console but will still be able to play good games


    You can consider an APU. Alternatively any new FX 2 chip or Intel i3 or lower end i5. Do you have a target budget in mind?
  8. best cpu for $100 is intel pentium G2120 ivy bridge clocked at 3.1ghz. its the recommended cpu by tom's for $100
  9. firestorm09 said:
    Well due to the fact that my friends are complete idiots and they're obsessed with consoles, i'm trying to create a smaller computer but it will also be as cheap as the console but will still be able to play good games


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $416.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Something like this would most likely fit the bill for what you're asking. It's a little bit more expensive than a console, however, any game running on this rig will look MUCH better than anything a console would be able to pump out.

    However, as others have mentioned in this thread, my recommendation will vary from the LGA1155 Pentiums, Core i3's, Phenom II X4 965, AMD A10 APU, or the upcoming FX series CPU's.
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