My old X4-965 died and I had to buy a new system in a hurry (work reasons) as I didn't have time to build one as usually do. I found a relatively inexpensive boxed system:
Asus A88XM-PLUS FM2+ socket
A6-6400K dual core chip
I dropped in my 7770 2G video card .
I'm not an avid gamer but the couple of newer ones I do play have high CPU/video demands (X-Plane 10,ArmA 3) and a few older ones (Silent Hunter 4 , IL2 1946) , which have lower demands and run well on this system.
ArmA3 and X-Plane seem to run quit well on medium to high settings but a problem seems to crop up when I ask for multi-tasking (ie TrackIR ) with ArmA3 or X-Plane. I get a significant FPS drop when looking around.
I'm wondering if the $350.00 or so investment in an A10-7850 quad core coupled with the R7-260X video card would give me the performance boost I'm looking for vs a new build (but more powerful CPU) that would cost about $1,000 or more (board , CPU , PS , memory etc. etc.).