Originally Posted by Lawjik
Im building a new rig right now, dumping about $1,600 and Im still not convinced what the best CPU for my money is. Some people say i5 some say i7 some say FX series. I google what's best for gaming and most articles say Intel and then i go talk to someone else and they tell me AMD is the only way to go. Not interested in hearing from fanboys, honestly just want a good CPU that is gonna do me right for the next couple years. Can anyone please enlighten me.
for gaming current generation games there isn't a cpu out there better then the i5-2500k/3570k/4670k. That said there are always exceptions to the rule. Crysis3 for example uses as many cores as you can throw at it, so an AMD FX 83xx cpu will punch on even footing with intel i7 cpus which run twice it's price; heck even the little 6 core fx 6300 will outpunch a 4 core i5 or hyperthreaded i3 in that game.
IF crysis3 represents the way games will be built going forward there is a lot of value to an 8 core amd cpu. Especially since they're all sub $200; however if you don't think crysis3 is the wave of the future, or you're only interested in the current gen titles, or in MMOs (which are all notoriously single core beasts) you're best with sticking with intel.
If i was buying a new system today and money was no issue, i'd probably be getting an extreme edition 6 core, hyperthreaded i7, if cash was an issue i'd probably be looking at a haswell or ivy bridge i5. If i was seriously cash strapped and building a gaming rig for less then $800 i'd probably be looking at an FX8320 or FX6300