Hola fellow Minecrafters, I'm looking to do some upgrades to my system. Currently I'm running a Pentium G620 CPU, 12gb of RAM (mis-matched so my SPD settings are low on one chip), and a GTX 460 768mb card. I'm running into some walls I didn't expect game-wise, so I need a new GPU and CPU. I have about $150 to work with, so my options for the CPU are a Haswell Core i3 running at 3.4ghz or a mobo switch with an FX6300. They cost around the same. GPU wise, I found a nice deal on a 2gb Radeon 7850 within my budget. Now CPU wise my initial goal was an i5 4670k but I don't have $200 to drop on a CPU at the moment. GPU wise, my ideal would be a GTX 760 or an HD 7950 Boost, and if I wait I can get it down the line.
I'm currently leaning toward the 7850 because I'm a sucker for a good deal on a solid card, and it costs about half what the GTX 760 does. My intentions with the rig would be multi-tasking a lot of single threaded applications like Minecraft in addition to playing the latest and greatest of the gaming world. I don't need 100% max settings at 2650x1600 or anything (living room PC, 1080p), I just want something I know will do me for a few years with high-ish settings. My research indicates that a stock FX 6300 wouldn't be significantly faster than this G620 for single threaded applications such as Minecraft, Dolphin, and PCSX2 (the latter 2 being dual core but heavily reliant on single core performance). The 7850 is at least 50% faster than my GTX 460 in every test I've seen and that's a jump that seems worth it for $130. Would there be an equally significant bump in going with the FX and overclocking the crap out of it, or the i3, with it's L3 cache and ~800mhz higher clocks be equally significant, or am I correct in thinking I would be better off waiting until I can get the i5?
Also if you know some deals on these components or have a stronger recommendation in the same price range, let me know.Thanks.
The i3 and the 6300 with mobo cost about the same. PSU wise I have... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264 750 W 80 Plus Gold certified modular Rosewill badassery. Also, I literally have a hard ceiling of just over $150 so those are my choices as I see them. The extra $30 for a 7870 is too much of a stretch and seemingly light on performance gains considering how keen I am on overclocking. The FX6300 was an option because I do tend to multi task, but I don't see using more than a quad core in the near future.
Not worth getting a new mobo to use a 6300 when it is worth the money to get an i3 and a better upgrade path also you should collect some more money to upgrade your gpu along with cpu(or cpu along with gpu)
I actually wouldn't say that the Intel lineup has a better upgrade path. The socket will change next gen with Broadwell, while AMD's socket will stay the same for at least 1-2 more generations. So, his only upgrade from the i3 would be to an i5. Going after an FX-6300 leaves open an upgrade to an 8320/50 as well as the entire Steamroller and possibly later chips. Sure, the i5 is great for single threaded things (current gen games). However, we don't know how AMD is going to progress later on. AMD's chips are also still ahead at this level for multithreaded work.
Dolphin and PCSX2 are a big deal to me, no amount of parallel processing is going to speed those up, and I've never used more than 3 cores aside from the times I was running two copies of Borderlands 2 at the same time, so more than 4 cores isn't a huge deal to me, though I have to agree that multi-threaded games seem like they're headed down the pipeline thanks to the new consoles and their X86 architecture with 8 cores, so AMD may have the edge in future endeavors.
Edit: Went with the 7850. Hopefully I got a good chip and I can get some overclocking out of it if I need to. I figure Intel and AMD are due to drop new chips soon-ish so I'll wait and see what they've got going on.