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Quad-core CPU better than X4 860K.

Kumiko

48 months ago

The X4 860K is a really nice low-budget CPU, but I need something about 40% stronger. I'm hoping to find something around $120, maybe a little more. The list I'm putting together is going to be about mid-range I guess. I am not planning to buy anything soon, I just put together part lists, research, and update them for when I do get the money for it. I do not have a set budget for this list, but I want the CPU to be around $120 or so, just enough so that it will not be bottlenecked with the latest games. (Thinking about Fallout 4)

Here's the list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $114.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $117.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $47.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.33 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $189.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $26.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $51.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $92.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $695.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-20 12:11 EDT-0400

I know I have an Intel CPU and Motherboard in the list even though I'm asking about AMD CPU's. I will simply change it accordingly with whatever Quad-core CPU that works for me.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

While its not a true quad core, it does have 4 threads, I would recommend a i3 4XXX.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I will probably end up with the i3, but not sure if hyperthreading is enough.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

what about an i5?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $62.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.33 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $26.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $41.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $87.98 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $706.14
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $656.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-20 13:53 EDT-0400
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like I'm stuck with an i3 or i5. Thanks~

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

youre welcome! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

the 860k IS the most powerful amd quad core... your next step up is an intel i5, which starts off a little over your budget and goes almost to double for the top one... the lowest price you would be able to get a decent one for is about $175.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That's very disappointing, but thanks. Would an AMD 6-core or 8-core be okay? I prefer Quad-core because extra cores won't do me any good because I only plan on gaming.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

the 860k is on a newer and ore advanced platform than the fx series chips. For MOST tasks it is the better option... so stick with the 860k basically till you can afford intel

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I will likely use an i3, but thanks for your input :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

for the sake of argument though, a newer i3 (4000 or 6000 series) will perform just as good or better in almost all games compared to the 860k.... It cant be overclocked, but that does allow you to get an intel system now so you just need to swap your cpu later to an i7 or i5, or even a xenon once you have the funds (then of course sell the i3 on ebay and get most of your money back...)

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