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Should I get an FX 8120 for $85 or sell my motherboard and get the 2500k?

The reason why AMD FX 8120 is only around $85 for me is because I live near a microcenter and with the bundle (mobo/cpu) everything comes out to $214. I can sell the free motherboard from the bundle along with my current CPU to get at around $85.

My other option is to sell my current motherboard/cpu and get the i5 2500K/Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H for around $160-$170.

Third option: FX 6100 for $35

I use this PC primarily for Cubase (music production). Cubase utilized every core (1-36) on the PC. I also play game such as BF3, Saint Row 3, Skyrim, and Shogun 2.

Tl;dr
PC for music production and gaming
FX 6100 for $35
or
FX 8120 for $85
or
i5 2500K for $160-$170
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If you use multi threaded applications AMD is not that bad, if you want intel go 2600k. Gaming the new FX chips need some OCing to do good from I hear from people. I have seen the older phenom 2 x4s still perform pretty well.
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the 2500k will give you the most in terms of Gaming compared to the other two cpus smile.gif
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if 2600k is not an option then i would go with the 8120. They both can run 8 threads AFAIK
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Does the Microcenter near you not have any deals going on for the i5-2500K and a mobo?

This past October I was able to get an i5-2500K and my sig rig mobo from Gigabyte for $230 after MIR, before taxes.

If I were you I'd buy the 8120 bundle, sell it for profit, then sell your current components, and get an i5-2500K and an LGA1155 motherboard.

Relevant: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html
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Just make sure you have a compatible motherboard with compatible BIOS/UEFI if going Bulldozer. Bulldozer have BSOD issues with Valve CEG games like Shogun 2 and Saints Row 3.

Also, a game like Shogun 2 only uses 1 thread (maybe 2 if at all). A CPU with very strong single threaded performance would be more beneficial in Shogun 2.
Edited by Riou - 2/2/12 at 7:11pm
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Yeah intel has very great single threaded performance, great for games. AMD is good too, but you need a nice OC for them to kick in. For multi threaded applications though AMD does fine
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Does the Microcenter near you not have any deals going on for the i5-2500K and a mobo?
This past October I was able to get an i5-2500K and my sig rig mobo from Gigabyte for $230 after MIR, before taxes.
If I were you I'd buy the 8120 bundle, sell it for profit, then sell your current components, and get an i5-2500K and an LGA1155 motherboard.
Relevant: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html

Great idea! thumb.gif
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