Originally Posted by Kodoku
Could you say more about your decision to go with an FX-6000 series and the GTX 650 over an i3 and a 7000 series AMD? From what I can tell the latter two tend to be recommended in budget builds, so I'm curious as to why you went with what you did.
Also, what do you think of the new AMD APUs? They seem extremely economical for those not pursuing games requiring strong video cards.
The FX-6300 is pretty much on par with an I3-3220 in gaming. The I3-3220 is slightly ahead. But the FX-6300 is a 6 core 3 module with 3 floating core processor. It can multitask 10 times better, AND it can overclock as well, but you would need a 970/990 board and a after market CPU cooler for that.
I chose the GTX 650ti because nothing AMD offers in that price range of 135 is as good. The HD 6870 is slightly ahead but goes over budget. the HD 7850 destroys it but way over budget. The GTX 650ti beats the HD 7770 and both are low powered cards.
I am working on a build that will have an A10-5800k crossfired with an HD 6670 GDDR5 atm. Currently an A10-5800k cross fired with an HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 with 2133MHz ram and OC'ed to 4.4GHz can completely destroy an I3-3220+HD 7770 in gaming and is just laughable in multithreaded performance as well.
EDIT: The piledriver(fx-4300 6300 8320 8350) are vastly improved from the bulldozer(4100 4170 6100 6200 8120 8150) in IPC's, which is what drives gaming. The old FX series was a joke in gaming, the new piledriver is very good in the budget area of 130-180 for a CPU, especially if you want to OC>