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    Core i3-4130
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    Athlon X4-760K
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post #1 of 5
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I am building a PC for my girlfriend soon. I am stuck in between the core i3-4140 ($120) or the Athlon X4-760K ($90.) Which one do you think is faster?
Edited by CT Resident - 4/19/14 at 8:27pm
post #2 of 5
What do you intend to do, at what resolution, with what level graphics.
The Athlon X4 760K is a two module four core processor, does some multicore processing vey well, and is highly overclockable. Also Kaveri is a kind of improvement but sidestep, so no further upgrade seems likely.
Overclock needs a better than stock cooler for best result.
I3 4140 architecture gives better single core performance, dual core but some programs are actually being written to use hyper-threading, I5 andI7 upgrade path.
With limited overclock stock cooler is useable.
Kaveri is more expensive than Trinity, and having some glitches with the 7850K, which may or may not matter.

In part performance is close enough to follow personal preference. The FX-6300 at $110 is mostly considered more desirable in the AMD camp.

Again, what you intend to do is needed for a definitive answer.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by brasslad View Post

What do you intend to do, at what resolution, with what level graphics.
The Athlon X4 760K is a two module four core processor, does some multicore processing vey well, and is highly overclockable. Also Kaveri is a kind of improvement but sidestep, so no further upgrade seems likely.
Overclock needs a better than stock cooler for best result.
I3 4140 architecture gives better single core performance, dual core but some programs are actually being written to use hyper-threading, I5 andI7 upgrade path.
With limited overclock stock cooler is useable.
Kaveri is more expensive than Trinity, and having some glitches with the 7850K, which may or may not matter.

In part performance is close enough to follow personal preference. The FX-6300 at $110 is mostly considered more desirable in the AMD camp.

Again, what you intend to do is needed for a definitive answer.

She plans on light-gaming, such as Minecraft, The Sims, Battlefield 4, etc. I forgot to specify that this is my girlfirends pc and the "better" games such as Metro: LL, Crysis, etc are played on my PC.
post #4 of 5
I would say the i3 if possible then, Minecraft in particular likes intel CPUs for better single-thread. LGA 115x will also allow you to upgrade later on without changing boards. The 760k is a great little chip but it is on FM2+ and only really shines when overclocked, which means a better board and probably an aftermarket cooler.
post #5 of 5
if your going to play bf4 i think the i3 will struggle with games that are cpu intencive compared to the 4300, or 6300 or even the quad or 6 core phenoms. i would suggest either one of the fx chips or a low i5 thats locked. that will save you some money compared to the unlocked versions of the i5 or i7.
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Corsair XMS3 Wd blue crucal m500 h100i 
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windows 8.1 pro  asus VS238H-P cyborg v7 evga supernova 750w  
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nzxt 410 R.A.T. 3 
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