First off I realize that there are a lot of these threads but none of them really answered my question.
I am on a tight budget and if I get an i3 3220 I will need to get the other parts cheaper. If I get a x4 965 I will be able to get better memory. I am getting a Sapphire 7770 for the GPU and the main uses for this computer will be Photoshop, Gaming (BF3, Crysis 3, Planetside 2, and any other new games that are mostly multiplayer.), and some video editing (minor). For my needs what is the best CPU?
Thanks in advance.
If you are going for gaming it is better to go with a quad core processer since high end games will preform much less with dual core. I say you should go with the amd phenom ii x4 965, the intel processers might have better quality but with a tight budget you should get amd since thy are more powerful for a cheaper price. if you can pay 130$ for a processor you should go for the amd fx 6300, it wuold be a better choice, I hope I helped
Here's where Tom's ranks the processors for gaming: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Even though the i3 is a tier above the 965, I would choose the 965BE before the i3 for gaming. Its 4 real cores will perform as good or better than the 2 cores/4 threads of the i3 in modern games. And the 965BE is easy to O/C for even more speed. But keep in mind that the AMD processor will run hotter. But get a board with an AM3+ socket and preferably the 900 series chip set for future upgrading.
Unless budget doesn't allow it, you could get a newer FX CPU instead of the Phenom II x4 965. Something such as an FX-6100 or an FX-4300 would generally meet or beat the Phenom II x4 965 at stock and when overclocked with most modern games while also using less power (granted they're still far from the least power-hungry CPUs around).