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Pricing: Core i3-3220: – FX-4300: – A10-5800K:

A question I get asked all the time is AMD vs Intel? Which is best? If you’re on a budget the usual recommendation is the Intel Core i3-3220 however in the AMD camp you have the FX-4300 which is quad core and supports overclocking as well as the A10-5800K APU which has the same benefits but also has impressive graphics built-in.

I tested using the Core i3-3220 with a Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H motherboard, the FX-4300 with a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 and the A10-5800K with a MSI FM2-A75MA-E35. Each system was tested with Windows 8 Pro on a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue hard drive, 8GB Samsung 1600MHz RAM, Corsair CX600 PSU in a NZXT Source 210 case along with an Asus Radeon 6850 and MSI Radeon 7950.

The tests used were the Fire Strike benchmark in 3DMark (default settings), Battlefield 3 (High settings at 1080p), Far Cry 3 (High settings at 1080p), Skyrim (High Resolution Texture Pack, Ultra settings at 1080p) and each run was done multiple times while using the Fraps benchmark tool to record average framerates.

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