Originally Posted by Faithh
Instead of getting AMD, get yourself an i5 4430 & MSI h81m-e33 that's much cheaper and a better value with up to twice as much performance (fps) in games.
That also comes with no ability to change the multiplier (no overclocking), and is not very future-proof. In terms of raw performance, an overclocked FX 8320 will outperform a i5 4430 in highly-threaded tasks... easily.
<- yes I know it's a 3470... that's as close as it will get.i5-4430 @ Amazon
: $185.99FX-8320 @ Amazon
The 4430 will not overclock at all, while the FX 8320 will overclock to 4.5Ghz+ easily (mine is @ 4.7Ghz 24/7 stable) That will yield at least a 20% increase in performance, if not more. Sometimes, that can even be done on only a slight bump above stock voltage, which means there is very little power penalty for overclocking. Sure if you try and overclock it to 5Ghz it's going to suck down a lot of juice, but then again, Intel's processors do too once the voltage is raised enough.
So the intel is more expensive, doesn't overclock, and gets beaten by an overclocked FX 8320 in 90% of real-world scenarios... that's an easy decision. Edited by Mad Pistol - 4/2/14 at 7:27pm