Originally Posted by aronh17
I'm just building a budget gaming PC and it stands at $700 right now. Was thinking about going with an i5-3570k but I'm sure an FX-8320 @ 4.5 GHz for only $180 vs. $220 for just an i5 alone isn't too far behind in single core performance as I play ArmA 3 which is CPU intensive. I'll build a better rig when the AMD Excavator cores come out, as those will be geared towards best performance. I've read Steamroller will be for server and APUs, not FX series.
As you can see (signature build) im using the hyper 212 and I personally was dissappointed. I would not expect you to get 4.5ghz out of it. I can run at 4.5 fine during most games but i was only able to get stable at 4.3ghz. This is a 8350 that should be able to push further then the 8320. Depending on your mobo i would imagine you would get similar results.
You would be much happier with a used noctua nh-d14 or something for like 20-30 bucks more. Yea its almost double the price but Im still beating myself up for buying this 212. Its an awesome cooler for anything but the fx-8xxx series