Btw, I'll be using the machine principally for gaming in 1680x1050 ( will be 1920x1080 if the FPS would not drop much or the FPS is too high and I have "space" for drops; can be lower resolutions too ), will use it for programming, watch HD movies and ***.
wait till Black Friday OR til December and try for a 3470/3550 and a 7850. Im sure there will be good deals to be had. If need be save a little bit more for the above combo, although even the i3 will be able to match the FX 6300 in gaming.
( Sorry for the two reply but i get no permissions to edit reply ) I might try to make some deal with users but it's almost impossible so i'm awaiting ppl to give some hand and tell me what should i do.
finally a forum without a single argument over intel vs amd.
here is my unbias knowledge:
Basically an fx 6300 wouldn't bottleneck a 7850 and not even a 7850 crossfire. Expect a difference of 3 fps in non cpu demanding games. In more cpu dependent games, which don't render multi-cores (amd's strongsuit), expect a decent drop in performance; this is caused because the intel core hyper threads anyways, whereas amd makes up for it by using multiple cores: something older games did not incorporate. BF3 can you like 3 or 4 cores (3 confirmed).
7850 recommends a 550-600 watt psu, but a 500 80+ will do fine. for crossfire however, a 700 80+ will do, with 720 watts recommended for an amd system. Overclocking wouldn't be wise with a 700 watt system while crossfiring with standard 700 watt psu which is what I have. 3.5 (OC to 4Ghz) is enough for me but I only OC if I drop below 30 fps on GTA IV
Yea go for the i5. i bought a amd 6300 ONLY to see how amd preforms it was a risky move since its my main gaming rig. however at stock clocks i was less than thrilled it bottlenecked my 7970ghz it wasnt getting 99% gpu usage, it was getting around 75% however when i put it too 4.5ghz well i have no complaints it feels like a Lamborghini 99% gpu usage haha. That being said though. Get the i5 lower power, more per core perfomance and well its intel. haha