I have an aging Dell with a BTX motherboard. That form factor never took off, so there is no upgrade path for the case I have. The computer is on it's second HD, the onboard graphics gave up long ago, it has been acting strangely..so, I am looking at replacements.
My budget is not really high for this, so I am looking at "bang for buck" processors and what I would call minimalist builds...ie smaller power supply, low end video card, and am not concerned about memory or HD capacity as I will likely change all that as time goes on.
I have been looking at the Core i3-2100, as well as several AMD chips in the FX series, the 4100/6100/8100 series, which seem to all perform roughly the same according to the "gamer" ratings. I have been unable to find a suitable Phenom X6 which is better than all the FX listed, and about the equal to the i3 listed.
I have found an Acer within my budget with any of those chipsets at roughly the same price, but am not happy with the case being offered on the expandability side. I will be looking for at least three HD bays, and I don't want to fill one of the external drive bays with the extra.
Can anyone give me any insight into these chipsets, and suggest a good pre built option with plenty of room to expand?