Originally Posted by Scotty99
i5 being faster in games almost automatically means its better for streaming because the dips you are going to get streaming will be lower than if you started at lower frames with an AMD cpu.
(Yes, i streamed on twitch for 6 months using a 2500k, worked like a champ).
You can run VMs and several 1080p youtube videos without affecting your fps on any FX-8xxx
I can tell you that because i do it daily ...
No matter what i throw on it FPS stays where it is ... Sure by default it has very low FPS, but you wont slow down FX bby multitasking because it has so much unused power in almost every game/application...
On the other hand for any i3 ( i tested this on rig i built for friend with i3-4130) chokes if you do any multitask while gaming (it started choking @2 1080p youtube videos and simple game (100% cpu utilisation), 8 core FX wont even come to 50% cpu utilization at same work load).
i5 has some legs tho (tested 3470) but still not as much as FX-8 before its performance starts to degrade , if you start VM and 2 1080p youtube videos you will lose some FPS...
i7 are ofc rock stable while having great FPS out of the box.
In general for budget streaming i would recommend FX for most things over any i3 and i5. While ofc i7 would own any how.
For me it is important i have tons of programs running simultaneously as i play that is why i roll FX-8120 clocked at 4ghz-4.4ghz and in the same time i am on the very very tight budget.Edited by Stormscion - 1/7/14 at 2:50pm