Pentium e6600 - upgrade to i3 3220 or phenom 2 x4 965?

since my old pentium e6600 has now seriously reached the age where you can safely call it a zombie so i want to upgrade to a new CPU and mobo. I am on a very low budget (200 € max) and dont really need top of the line performance (the most demanding things i do are playing battlefield 3 on low-mid settings - which my current cpu cant manage anymore - and producing music)

since the phenom 2 x4 965 BE is very cheap now (130 € with a decent mobo) i have a real itch to buy it but a i3 3220 is only about 30 € more expensive.

my question is: would it really pay off to invest more for someone like me (when it comes to gaming im fully satisfied with playing in 1280x800 resolution and low settings as long as i get stable >40 fps, i rarely buy new games. so far my old dual core has a decent performance when it comes to making music so that is not really a factor)

my graphics card is a zotac gtx 650 AMP edition 2gb - which my current cpu is bottlenecking hard (40 % load when the cpu is at 100%).
also from what i saw in yotube videos the phenom seems to have more stable fps results when it comes to battlefield 3, the i3 seems to cause more fps drops.
any help would be much appreciated
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  1. It really depends on you which to buy.are you going to play multiplayer or online?
  2. very tough call indeed. id say get the fx-6300 if you can. thats a pretty good cpu for same price as i3
  3. Or you get newly released ivy g2130 @ 3.2ghz at $86.it would really good buget cpu and it performs close to i3.
  4. ASHISH65 said:
    It really depends on you which to buy.are you going to play multiplayer or online?

    multiplayer only

    ASHISH65 said:
    Or you get newly released ivy g2130 @ 3.2ghz at $86.it would really good buget cpu and it performs close to i3.


    would it really outperform a phenom 965 though?

    thank you guys for the fast replies!
  5. For multiplayer gaming i am strongly suggesting you quad core such as x4 965.i suggest go with phenom x4 965 or fx 6300.
  6. ASHISH65 said:
    For multiplayer gaming i am strongly suggesting you quad core such as x4 965.i suggest go with phenom x4 965 or fx 6300.

    ok thx, i will probably go with the 965 then, because it costs only 86€, so i can even afford more ram and a decent am3+ mobo :)
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