For the enthusiast on a budget, it’s hard to argue with AMD’s Zambezi chips. For around a hundred bucks, you can pick from a 3.3GHz six-core FX-6100 or a 3.6GHz quad-core. Both offer great overclocking for not much dough. Fittingly, 60 percent of OCN voters prefer the six-core, and 40 prefer the four-core.
AMD FX 6-core Zambezi FX-6100
"I am now running [the FX-6100] at 4.5GHz at 1.5v. I could go higher, but I am overclocking on air so I decided to play it safe. Gameplay is where this processor excels. If you want to be able to play games that require power, you got it with this beast."
AMD FX 4-core Zambezi FX-4100e
"I would strongly suggest trying this CPU for any new gaming build. Especially if you are on a tight budget - this is a no-brainer!"