Hi gerbils. My cousin asked me to buy and build a system for him to be used for gaming. For his budget, I'm thinking about getting either the i3-2120 or the FX-6100. Now I know the FX-6100 isn't the most well-received CPU ever, particularly due to its weak single-threaded performance, but the thing is, the 6100 usually gets compared to the i5 series, which is not the case here. This is a choice between an i3 (2 strong cores) vs the FX-6100 (6 weak cores). Both chips run at 3.3GHz stock. If we are to assume that each SB core is 2x faster than each BD core at the same clock, it means we need 4 BD cores to match 2 SB cores. But the thing is, you don't have just 4, but SIX BD cores, which kinda suggests that the FX-6100 is ~50% faster than the i3 at least in terms of aggregate performance. I know a lot of you will swear by the i3 given how most games don't even begin to stress 6 cores, but the FX-6100 is just a bit more expensive than the i3-2120 and the allure of getting a 6-core is strong especially when one ventures outside of gaming. There are practically no FX-6100 reviews out there that pit it against the SB i3 chips, and I only got one from FutureMark. Not the best metric, I know.http://community.futuremark.com/hardwar ... 100/review
Anyway, here are the parts I am choosing from:
Intel Specs: Intel i3-2120, Intel DH67BL board, 2 x 4GB DDR3-1333
AMD Specs: AMD FX-6100, Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3, 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600
Noteworthy Common parts: AMD HD7770 1GB DDR5
Thanks in advance!
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