Which CPU for Budget Gaming PC

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For strictly a gaming build, I'd probably go with the Intel build. Plus, if sometime down the not to distant road, you come into some extra cash, you could swap out that CoreI3 2120 with a CoreI5 2500. With the AMD build, there isn't much of an upgrade path.

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imo yes intel benches better than amd. but my amdfx 8120 with a gtx570 is running bf3 with no problems. i get round 70 fps. im no amd fan boy, i just couldnt afford an i7 or intel build. but amd runs bf3 fine.
 
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Llano is garbage if your not using the integrated gpu. I would definitely go with the intel build, if you can get a 6870 for 20 maybe 30 extra pounds I would do so.
 

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i personaly would go intel, like Wolfshadw said u can upgrade to i5 2500k which i have and def recommend,I also would upgrade to a 6870 for the little extra its worth it, a good deal on a 560 ti would be evn better
 

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I do like the intel build, but i probably wont be upgrading for at least a year and i know you cant OC the i3. I was wondering if theres any promising line ups coming from either manufacturer? aka which socket AM3 or 1115.

Additionally is my mobo a good choice on the Intel build?

I'm not trying to troll, just looking for some guidance, apologies.
 

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I know you are in tight budget, If you choose Intel: Core i3 is good enough but the MB listed supports overclocking, I suggest you choose H67 chipset MB you put an NVidia or AMD Radeon GPU and your good to go.
 

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Yeah! you can use Z68 and if you have enough money for an upgrade later on you can upgrade to i5 2500K 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge or 3770K Ivy Bridge CPU
 
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the 6870 is quite a bit better than the 560 http://www.hwcompare.com/11005/geforce-gtx-560-vs-radeon-hd-6870/ . The 560 is between the 6850 and 6870 performance wise. AMD 6800 series gpu's are disappearing of the shelves, I wouldn't hold out for a great deal on a 6870. The 7800 series doesn't compete with the 6800 series price wise. I'm not sure what AMD's strategy is in the mid-range with the 7770 being underwhelming for the price.
 
the 6870 is quite a bit better than the 560 http://www.hwcompare.com/11005/geforce-gtx-560-vs-radeon-hd-6870/ . The 560 is between the 6850 and 6870 performance wise. AMD 6800 series gpu's are disappearing of the shelves, I wouldn't hold out for a great deal on a 6870. The 7800 series doesn't compete with the 6800 series price wise. I'm not sure what AMD's strategy is in the mid-range with the 7770 being underwhelming for the price.


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,review-32189-6.html

the GTX 560 and radeon 6870 compare closely