So far this totals £427.92 and I would like to keep this build as cheap as possible without sacrificing too much.
An FX 8120 is currently £120 from overclockers.co.uk and is £100 after a rebate from AMD, whereas the 2500k is an extra £65 more. The £65 saved would practically buy me a £70 990fx motherboard! Would it be ok to get the 8120 or will I come to regret this decision due to it not performing as well as the 2500k?
The games I play are Company of Heroes, Fallout 3 & New Vegas, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Civ 5, Bulletstorm and F1 2011.
Please don't try and change the other system specs to save me money, I know I said I want to do this as cheap as possible but I am not sacrificing on the HDD space or the GPU, I just want to know which processor I should get.
Any input on a cheap but good mid tower case would also be appreciated.
They're both handy, Intel is superior in the performance department. AMD will save you a few extra bucks, and still enable plenty of face melting FPS in all your favorite games, with that 7950. Both OC quite well. Personally, if I had the money, I would build an intel machine. But since I'm somewhat budget savvy, I went with AMD.
Do I regret it? Not at all.
By the time I had looked at the finished price of the two builds the Intel was a good $150 more. Which I sunk into a better GPU.
With the cash back promotion AMD are doing at the moment the 4k AMD chips are about £5 cheaper than an 8k chip, surely I would be better with the 8k and disabling cores due to increased cache sizes?
Would an AMD chip be getting or should I spend the extra £65?
Lol, in that case, yeah you're most likely better off with the 8k. Keep in mind that the difference in game performance between all those chips depends nearly entirely on clock speed, so going from memory (which admittedly, isn't the best), at stock clocks:
4170 > 4100=8150 > 8120.
...but the better option is what obsama said. That's what I've been waiting on to either bump from my x3 if the piedriver turns out good enough, or just ditch the platform completely for a 3570k microcenter combo deal if piledriver isn't worth the $.