As of now, AMD’s best CPU offering for under $150 is the AMD FX-6300 clocked at 3.5Ghz with a turbo speed of 4.1GHz. It features 32nm manufacturing tech, 6 cores for great multitasking, and 6MB of L2 cache along with 8MB of L3 cache for overall superb performance. Additionally, it features AMD’s new chip set–AM3+ and requires 195 watts. With that being said, not any motherboard will accommodate this zippy, powerful CPU.
Performance wise, this AMD CPU outperforms some Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors for a fraction of the cost. However, as with all AMD CPUs, some newer Intel CPUs outperform it. Anyhow, AMD is still in business as its processors can get the job done for less, thus resulting in more bang for the buck. That is exactly the case when it comes to the FX-6300. It runs all current games at high settings when paired with an adequate GPU. When shopping for a budgest gaming computer, it’s best to look for AMD CPUs and use the saved money on a GPU as most games are more influenced by the GPU. For instance, buying the AMD FX 6300 as opposed to an i5 3570K saves $115. That money can be put to better use purchasing a vastly superior GPU that provides more substantial, tangible performance improvements. $115 means the difference between a 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7770 and a 2GB AMD R9 270X. Furthermore, it handles all workstation-class tasks (ex. heavy multitasking, video and photo editing, and CAD). Essentially, it is the perfect mid-budget CPU.
This AMD CPU is available on Newegg.com for $109.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 and Mobo/Cpu bundles start at $110 at Microcnter: http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx.
The Full Specifications are as follows:
CPU Socket Type: AM3+
Core Count: 6
Clock Speed: 3.5Ghz (4.1Ghz Turbo)
L2 Cache: 6x1MB (6MB total)
L3 Cache: 8MB
Manufacturing Tech: 32nm
Wattage: 95 Watts