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I am looking for a cheap processor under $100 with the best performance per core that I can get.

I'm interested in these two chips at the moment. Feel free to suggest something yourself, I'm open to anything.
AMD: FX4100 - 1000/core @ http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-4100+Quad-Core
Intel: Pentium G640 - 1330/Core @ http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+G640+%40+2.80GHz)

The G640 seems to be about 30% faster than the FX4100, but has no way to overclock it. The FX4100 appears to be a good overclocker, so I'm wondering if I should get that instead and try to push it to 4.8-5GHz.

What do you guys think? Is it likely that I'll be able to overclock an FX 4100 by around 30% on a budget motherboard or should I get the G640? I'll be using the stock cooler that comes in the box if so.


Feel free to show me any other processors that you think I would be interested in, the closer to $60 the better, but if it's incredible for the price I'm willing to go to the full $100. Also, if you've got motherboard suggestions to go with either of the chips, go ahead and let me know. Just know that I'm looking to keep the motherboard under $65. I'm hoping to spend $150 total between the two. I can get to a Microcenter and prefer to use Newegg for any online purchases.


The computer will be used for light 3D modeling, gaming, watching movies, and web browsing. I already have a powerful PC when I need high performance, so all I need is for this one to be capable of not slowing me down when I have to use it. They'll be in two different locations that I travel between every week.

For 3D stuff, it will mostly be blender. All I care about is performance while in the viewport, any renders will be done when i get back to my other computer.
For Gaming, I need to be able to do 25 man raids in WoW at the lowest possible graphical settings at 60FPS.
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Well for 3D modeling alone you'd probably be better off with the FX processor considering most 3d modeling programs could utilize more cores. However in single threaded performance the Intel chip is probably better considering AMD's architecture that uses 2 cores with 4 threads. All in all if you plan on overclocking i'd go with the FX. But if you really want to get crazy go for the i3 2120 which can be had for $99 at microcenter.
     
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Are you saying the FX 4100 is a Dual-Core with 4 threads rather than a true quad core?

If so, that's some very misleading specs and advertising I've seen.
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Are you saying the FX 4100 is a Dual-Core with 4 threads rather than a true quad core?
If so, that's some very misleading specs and advertising I've seen.
Yea, it's actually kinda like a highly advanced version of hyper threading, however it's still a great overclocker. As I said before personally I'd go with the i3 2120 with an el cheapo h61 board if you can fit it in.
Edited by Cheeseinat0r - 9/18/12 at 6:29am
     
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Are you saying the FX 4100 is a Dual-Core with 4 threads rather than a true quad core?
If so, that's some very misleading specs and advertising I've seen.

It is a quad core, it has 4 integer cores, it just shares a single FP unit within a module. For single thread performance and gaming, go intel. For the AMD's to even come close to competing with the stock intels, they have to be overclocked like crazy. Overclocking AMD's, especially the FX series, is not something you will be able to do well with a cheap MB/low watt PSU.
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What do you think about the Pentium G2120?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777

It's an Ivy Bridge chip without Hyper-threading, which I will most likely disable.

I couldn't find any benchmarks on it unfortunately :\
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What do you think about the Pentium G2120?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777
It's an Ivy Bridge chip without Hyper-threading, which I will most likely disable.
I couldn't find any benchmarks on it unfortunately :\
Looks good. You'll see a 5-10% performance boost clock for clock over the SB pentiums.
     
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How do you think it would perform compared to an i3?

I'm unsure how the hyper-threading will effect single-threaded stuff, I know it hurts some things, but don't know how much it benefits the others. Like, how much do you think the i3-2100 would score on CPUBenchmark with hyper-threading disabled?
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How do you think it would perform compared to an i3?
I'm unsure how the hyper-threading will effect single-threaded stuff, I know it hurts some things, but don't know how much it benefits the others. Like, how much do you think the i3-2100 would score on CPUBenchmark with hyper-threading disabled?

In a CPU benchmark i think that it''ll make quite a large difference, but IRL i think you wont notice much, except when playing newer games or doing video editing stuff.
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the i3's will always be faster than the pentiums. And hyper threading can only help you so if it comes down to i3 vs pentium go with the i3.
     
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