CPU for Gaming on a Budget

My friend is building a gaming PC with a GTX 660, he plays on 1080p rez. He has 180$ to spend on a CPU for his build and he is torn between these 2 CPU's.

AMD FX-8320 (Piledriver)
Intel i5 3350p (Ivy Bridge)

He is not really in to overclocking so which of these procesors would be his best choise for gaming at stock speeds for 180$?

Other CPU suggestions are welcome but which of the 2 listed CPU's would ofer the best bang for the buck.
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  1. The I5 is better at stock for gaming. The + with the FX is that it overclocks.
  2. $180 inc. motherboard?
  3. mi1ez said:
    $180 inc. motherboard?



    He is thinking of going with this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

    he doesen't have much $ left for a higer grade board, unless he downgrades his CPU. But would't his CPU matter for gaming rather than his board, since he doesen't seem to be going for overclocking?
  4. That board will do fine with the I5.
  5. kmelaza said:
    He is thinking of going with this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

    he doesen't have much $ left for a higer grade board, unless he downgrades his CPU. But would't his CPU matter for gaming rather than his board, since he doesen't seem to be going for overclocking?

    It does, but if he went AMD the boards are typically cheaper allowing more budget for the CPU.

    I would say for a gaming PC with discrete graphics, go i5.
  6. Isn't the best Vishera AMD CPU the FX-8350, it's like 20 $ more, only diference i see is stock speed between the 2, then again im not an expert.
  7. 3350P it is then, thanks for taking the time to post.
  8. kmelaza said:
    Isn't the best Vishera AMD CPU the FX-8350, it's like 20 $ more, only diference i see is stock speed between the 2, then again im not an expert.

    You are correct and that speed is the only difference.
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