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Value: i5 3470 vs FX 8320 or something else.

post #1 of 31
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I'm looking for a great performance/value CPU for a friend's budget rig. This PC will be used for all the basic stuff (word processing, web browsing, with maybe some video editing) but with a heavier emphasize on gaming. I'm sure that he will not be heavily overclocking, so the stock hsf will have to do. The price I'm looking at is $100-150. Right now I'm primarily considering a i5-3470 for $150 or FX 8320 Black Edition for $155.

What I like about the i5-3470:
+runs cooler
+generally better performance in games


What I like about the FX 8320:
+better at multithreaded tasks
+better at OC'ing (which may not apply here since we're likely using stock)
+socket (AM3+) may be more 'futureproof' with Steamroller on the way
-power hungry

In all honesty, I think this will be more of a "set it and forget it" type of PC with little tweaking involved, which may favor the i5 in this case.


Other CPU considerations:

AMD Phenom II X4 -- $90
AMD FX-4300 -- $90
AMD FX-6100 -- $110
AMD FX-6300 -- $120
Intel Core i3-3220 -- $100

These prices are based off my local Microcenter, and they have -$50 bundle deals with AMD CPUs and motherboards which could also play a factor in the decision. So another way to think about it, for all the AMD CPUs that I've listed here, minus $50 from the prices that I listed above. Thanks.
Edited by Ratooth - 2/1/13 at 10:00am
post #2 of 31
Well

http://www.overclock.net/t/1354408/microcenter-i5-2500k-oem-140-in-store-only/0_100

That's the i5 2500k which is on sale at $140 which is exceptional value, the only thing you'll be missing is the PCI-E 3.0 which I don't think you'll be needing biggrin.gif

This will overclock and outperform the AMD processors as well.

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post #3 of 31
Well

http://www.overclock.net/t/1354408/microcenter-i5-2500k-oem-140-in-store-only/0_100

That's the i5 2500k which is on sale at $140 which is exceptional value, the only thing you'll be missing is the PCI-E 3.0 which I don't think you'll be needing biggrin.gif

This will overclock and outperform the AMD processors as well.

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post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, the i5 2500k is out of stock at my local microcenter.
post #5 of 31
A non-overclocked i5-2500k will be inferior to a non-overclocked i5-3470 anyway.

You want the intel chip. You didn't list any significantly multi-threaded tasks in what the computer is doing, so that kills the AMD advantage, as does the non-overclocking.

You're also not taking into account the fact you can run the i5-3470 on a cheaper motherboard. Example:

MSI B75ma-e33 ($53)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130654
    
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Your friend may change his or her mind later on overclocking therefore go for the unlocked FX-8320 and this motherboard. Knock off $50 and you've got an awesome deal. The FX-6300 would work also thumb.gif
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Right now I'm sort of leaning towards the i5 mainly because of its gaming prowess over the AMD. And I really don't think he'll be using any multi-threaded tasks, and even so, it's not going to be extensive. This will be a general purpose machine with gaming here and there. So for his particular needs, I think the i5 would be a better choice. But ultimately, it's his decision.
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FX-8320 will be better at gaming since you can OC it. Well as good at least. I would not get a Core i5 that you cant OC. Value/Money i would get FX-6300. The extra 2 cores dont help in current games and 6 core is plenty for multi tasking.
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post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post

FX-8320 will be better at gaming since you can OC it. Well as good at least. I would not get a Core i5 that you cant OC.

I second that. Either go FX-8320 / 6300 or i5-3570K. Bare minimums for any serious gaming setup thumb.gif
post #10 of 31
For a gaming-oriented PC, there is little to no point in buying any FX processor.
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