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Intel Core i3-3240 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz or AMD Athlon X4 750K Trinity 3.4GHz, Building a budget gaming pc with a R9 270x and are wondering which would be a better match.
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Doing a quick web search turned up that the 2 are pretty evenly matched when compared "head-to-head". The Athlon chip edges out the i3 just barely in all categories EXCEPT single core performance - (where the i3 pulls ahead just slightly).

That being said - the Athlon aso offers 2 more cores than the i3, which will be more beneficial in modern game titles. The Athlon chip is also unlocked and easily overclocked. Many owners report overclocks approaching 5GHz. When overclocked, the Athlon should easily outperform the i3 Intel chip in any game.

(If you're not going to overclock, I would still give a nod to the Athlon chip simply because of the 2 extra cores.)

Now - IF you do decide to go with the Athlon processor - might I suggest (for future considerations) that you purchase a FM2+ motherboard, rather than just the FM2. This will allow you to upgrade to the Kaveri processor should you want/need to in the future.
Edited by NostraD - 11/9/13 at 1:42pm
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I second the FM2+ recommendation if it still supports Athlon/Phenom IIs. Be aware that you can actually overclock AMD chips at that price point (look for Black Edition CPUs) while you're stuck at 3.4GHz with Intel. Although Intel will win in single-threaded due to the better architecture, Athlon/Phenom x4s have four physical cores, while i3s have two physical cores and four logical cores using hyperthreading, meaning AMD will smash Intel in multi-threaded applications, and we're getting to a point where that is becoming more and more important.

Also, your choice of video card is not a great one. Either: get a 7870GHz, since they are exactly the same as 270Xs for less money, or get a 7870 XT, a binned 7950 that ties a 7870GHz and has room for overclocking.
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I was only thinking of the Intel because better architecture and with the 1155 we could upgrade later but with the FM2 it doesnt get much better... and the r9 270x isnt my choice but it is only $199 just as the 7870GHz edition is. idk its still up in the air atm not my bould tho helping out a friend
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The Athlon II X4 760K Richland can be found for basically the same price, try to find one of those.
post #6 of 6
I can certainly see your point. And it really comes down to personal preference.

In regard to your friend's GPU choice - The 7870 GHz Ed or XT versions are a little bit better - but negligible. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in most games.
http://www.hwcompare.com/15661/radeon-hd-7870-xt-vs-radeon-r9-270x/

However, if your friend hasn't already purchased the GPU, then this is a pretty good deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Save $30 up front (from your $199 stated price) - plus another $30 in rebate (making it $139.99)!
This is a great card - I had one before swapping it out for a 7950.
Edited by NostraD - 11/9/13 at 2:46pm
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