[SOLVED] 3100 vs 3300x vs 3500 vs 3500x vs 2600

Which CPU?

  • 3100 // $120

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • 3300x // $133.5

    Votes: 3 75.0%
  • 3500 // $136

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • 2600 // $136

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • 3500x // $152.5

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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3100 - $120
3300x -$133.5
3500/2600 -$136
3500x-$152.5

Which one should i choose? Are there any better CPUs around this price range?
 
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Karadjgne

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In most games, the 3300x stock is slightly higher fps than a 3500x, the core speeds and extra 2 threads helping spread the load around. But considering margins of error, the 2-5fps differences in lows and highs make them basically equitable, especially when paired with a mid-grade gpu like a 2060, where often as not you'll run into gpu restrictions before hitting cpu restrictions.

That makes the 3300x a better value for the buck, IF you can actually get one.

The only time the 2600 becomes the better bargain is if most of the workload is using more than 8 threads, so for production work like rendering etc, it's 12 threads holds the advantage. Otherwise it's @ 10fps avg behind the 3300x/3500x while gaming.
 
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At this price point, you might be better off going with intel.
The i5 11400 should be faster than any of the cpus here (about 15%-25% than 3500X, depending on application), and cost somewhat similarly.

You could also go for the 10400, which would now be the same or even lower price, with still about the same/better performance as the 3500X.
 
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At this price point, you might be better off going with intel.
The i5 11400 should be faster than any of the cpus here (about 15%-25% than 3500X, depending on application), and cost somewhat similarly.

You could also go for the 10400, which would now be the same or even lower price, with still about the same/better performance as the 3500X.
I am aware that intel's mid range is excellent right now, but i already have a 3200g/b450 a pro max in my pc. And I don't want to have to replace my motherboard
 
I am aware that intel's mid range is excellent right now, but i already have a 3200g/b450 a pro max in my pc. And I don't want to have to replace my motherboard
Ahh I see.
Then the 3500 would be your best option.
No hyperthreading, but for gaming, it would be the best you can get in there.


What about a gpu though?
The 3200G has an Igpu, but the 3500 does not, you would need a dedicated gpu.
 

Karadjgne

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In most games, the 3300x stock is slightly higher fps than a 3500x, the core speeds and extra 2 threads helping spread the load around. But considering margins of error, the 2-5fps differences in lows and highs make them basically equitable, especially when paired with a mid-grade gpu like a 2060, where often as not you'll run into gpu restrictions before hitting cpu restrictions.

That makes the 3300x a better value for the buck, IF you can actually get one.

The only time the 2600 becomes the better bargain is if most of the workload is using more than 8 threads, so for production work like rendering etc, it's 12 threads holds the advantage. Otherwise it's @ 10fps avg behind the 3300x/3500x while gaming.
 
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Karadjgne

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A 3100 is more than enough CPU for web browsing, light office application work and video conferencing. Why pay more?
Very true. Today. Tomorrow is a different story, so why pay less just to have a shorter effective lifespan. Software evolves, gets more complicated. For the pricing difference, better to get the best you can justify now, saves money later when you don't have to upgrade when things start getting slow.

$13.5 difference isn't going to break the bank, so why shortchange yourself. Just like ram, it's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
 

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