Phenom II X4 970 vs i3 2100

guerrero

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Planning my future budget pc build

I would play Skyrim and BF3 (6770) 720p

Not sure about motherboard for both

AMD Phenom II X4 970 is $110 (OEM so i will get cooler)
i3 2100 is $120

$15 difference

Not sure what im missing since or if i should ask here this is my first time asking under CPU's :heink:
 

guerrero

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Im going to pass on that AMD 1100T since i cant find it anywhere for under $200 and my budget is $130 for a cpu
 

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Haha i dont know how to overclock but I could watch tutorials and search it up here but better upgrade path in a few years.... I currently have an Athlon X2 64 4000+ :lol:
 

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According to Tom's, the i3-2100 is better:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html ... and a good graphics card of course.

But from my own builds and testing, I not so sure. I've built several gaming PCs with i3-21xx processors. But I just finished this last build using a PhII X4 965BE. I always run a small suite of gaming benchmarks to present along with the sale offering. So far, every benchmark I've run shows the Phenom II X4 965BE to have a slight edge over even the i3-2120 in both the CPU ratings and the overall ratings. The rest of the systems' components are always about the same.
 

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If you are planning on going with an i5 soon after buying the i3, I'd say go for an Intel build. If you want the best gamer right now for the least amount of money, go with the AMD 970 build. But get an AM3+ board not a AM3 board for a bit of future-proofing.
 

guerrero

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i dont really game but il minorly will
 

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There was a swedish site that showed the i3 struggling in online multiplayer BF3. A person on another site overclockers I believe compared the difference of his 2500k with 2 cores disable vs 4 cores and also found a solid difference between comfortably playable vs playable. Also similar question asked

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/336931-28-will-2100-battlefield-multiplayer

I'd go with the 970 personally since you mentioned BF3, if not the i3 would be a good decision nonetheless. Good Luck
 

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its not for the i3