Originally Posted by Kokin
If its purely gaming, I would vote for the i3 as well. Most games will only make use of two cores, so the faster Sandy or Ivy Bridge would do very well while consuming less power. Even though the OP already made his choice, the i3 platform is great for lower budget builds.
This is exactly why I said for purely gaming. i3 is just hard to beat, especially when you don't need to worry about a motherboard that can overclock, meaning you can easily get an Intel platform for $150~200, the same price of a lower-tiered AMD platform (which may not overclock well and needs to overclock to surpass the i3).
You guys are right about multi-tasking, but I'll be honest and say that most people I know do not mix gaming and CPU-intensive stuff together. For most people, it is usually a mix of gaming, browsing, music/media, voip programs and even a dual core Phenom II could handle that pretty well and this is coming from experience.
Originally Posted by JTHMfreak
I feel that as people are buying more and more "multi core" cpus that developers are going to start coding for that. Look at SLI, it was big and then it went away, and now its coming back. Games in the last few years may have been very single threaded, but the times they are a changing, and so is the equipment that the devs do their stuff on. I strongly feel that multi gpu setups as well as quad to eight core setups will become the norm for pc gaming in the near future. Hell, just about everyone you know has a multi core cpu right? So don't you think the companies will start taking that into effect?
Unfortunately, this is not true. The same things were being said 4 years ago and even though our hardware continues to improve, most applications/games have not utilized our systems. Only a handful of games actually make use of more than two cores and those games are normally GPU-limited.
As for dual-GPUs, there are sometimes delays in driver/game support for them, especially in newly-released games. You'll always see threads in OCN saying that X game has no CF or SLI support and that they experience negative scaling in some cases, which leaves them to run in single-GPU mode. I've experienced this on my 5870CF setup before and I'm really glad to be back to a single GPU.Edited by Kokin - 10/5/12 at 2:20am