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I'm trying to put together a system recommendation for a buddy. He wants something in the $500-$600 range and mainly so he can play Star Wars: The Old Republic. I would ideally like to keep the CPU/mobo comb under $250 combined, so I'm looking at either the AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz chip or the Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core 3.3GHz. I'd like to bench compare them but haven't seen any numbers (andandtech doesn't have the Zambezi yet). I read that the Zambezi is a step behind the higher level Sandy Bridge chips but I would think it would likely out-perform the 2120...?

Also, would going with a video card like a GTX 550 or 560 end up being a bottle-neck on this kind of system?

I'm guessing it WON'T outperform the 2120, at least not in games.
The i3 2100 not 2120 beats the X4 980 at all but 2 games.

and here,

the X4 980 beats the fx 4100 in both games.

According to these, i3 2120>i3 2100>X4 980>fx 4100

Your game will determine your bottleneck. For example, in SC2 the bottleneck tends to be the CPU. In most FPS, GPU usually bottlenecks first.
I'd best steer him away from that 4100 then. Thanks guys.
(12-15-2011, 12:52 PM)Bigpapa42 Wrote: [ -> ]I'd best steer him away from that 4100 then. Thanks guys.

If you live near Microcenter, you could pick up the 2500k and a Z68 cheap mobo for like around 250+ or - 10