Going to purchase one of these two processors Saturday, not quite certain which to get yet, looking for advice. The system will be primarily for gaming (BF3, Skyrim, Crysis). I also run a Linux VM and make heavy use of the CryENGINE 3 (along with similar programs for modding games). In games it seems to me that once you crank settings up in most demanding titles, unless you have two GTX 690s, the CPU becomes a non-factor. AnandTech even has the FX winning in games (I think it was the 3220 though). Obviously the i3 enjoys a sizable advantage in anything single threaded, but my most demanding tasks are multithreaded, not as much in some games as others though, but will the difference even be noticeable to me? If I went with the FX I'd like to OC, but the board is only a 4+1 phase MSI (970A-G46), is it safe? I know the G45 was prone to explosions, fires, blown capacitors, burning down neighborhoods, etc. but NewEgg has good reviews for the G46.