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G860 vs G2020 (Looking for low-budget gaming rig)

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May 21, 2013 11:40:09 PM

Which is better?

I'm planning on building a new rig (For the most part), but in the range I'm looking at these seem to be the best in the price range (Up to $70). Also, if you have any alternate suggestions for this rig I mention below, or have found any pieces that don't go with each other, a response would be great :) 

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Intentions: Gaming. Almost nothing else, except some online browsing of course. I also want it to be a highly upgradable, which is why I chose these cpus. They are both LGA1155, which seems like it can be upgraded to much better cpus like the 2500k, or the 3570k.

Budget: I have $360-$400 to spend, but I don't want to spend all of it.

Possibilities: As far as I know, I can use my current (ATX Mid Tower) case, as well as my hard drive, and CD/DVD drive with this potential rig, so I'm thinking about not getting the case down below at all. Still not sure on that though.

Other needed info: I have the peripherals (Case, monitors @ 1920x1080p, controllers, headset, keyboard, mice, etc.)

Future Rig planned out:

($65 or $69) CPU: Ivy Bridge's G2020 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sandy Bridge's G860 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($48)Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($55) RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($60) PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($89) Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($50) Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $367-$371 ($317-$321 without case)

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May 21, 2013 11:46:11 PM

the G2020 scores 2869 in passmark and the G860 scores 2866... The G2020 is newer and can use 1333mhz ram while the G860 is limited to 1066... Also the Integrated graphics are a little better on the newer g2020...

I would choose the G2020 if they're about the same price...
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May 22, 2013 12:00:23 AM

spawnkiller said:
the G2020 scores 2869 in passmark and the G860 scores 2866... The G2020 is newer and can use 1333mhz ram while the G860 is limited to 1066... Also the Integrated graphics are a little better on the newer g2020...

I would choose the G2020 if they're about the same price...


Wow, if those scores are accurate, then I'm a bit surprised. I wonder why the G2020 would be cheaper ($64.99 vs $69.99 on Newegg. $59.99 vs $69.00 new on Ebay. Both G2020 is cheaper.)
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May 22, 2013 12:14:00 AM

I'm not quite sure why the G2020 would be cheaper than the G860, but it could just be because the cost to make it may have been a bit less than the G860. Ivy Bridge is a very mature (so its very cheap to make) manufacturing process now and Sand Bridge will be 2 generations old in a month. Also, the G2020 is missing just a couple features when compared with the G860, but nothing really important. Also, the integrated GPU in the G860 is actually more powerful on paper at least.

Intel listed the tray price on the G860 to be $75 and the G2020 to be $64.

So basically, just get the G2020.
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May 22, 2013 12:18:07 AM

buddy get other psu,corsair cxv2 500w looks good or seasonic s12 520w

g2020 is 3-4%faster than g860
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May 22, 2013 12:30:58 AM

ASHISH65 said:
buddy get other psu,corsair cxv2 500w looks good or seasonic s12 520w

g2020 is 3-4%faster than g860


Why do you say to get another PSU? The one I chose has much higher wattage and has a PCI-E 6-pin connector (I'm not planning on SLI ever). I'm not doubting you, I just want to know because I'm trying to learn more about parts other than just the video card as well as trying to achieve the goal of getting a much better rig.
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May 22, 2013 12:33:06 AM

psu brand is the issue buddy.for your rig 500w psu is enough

watts never matter,it efficiency,reliablilty matters.

get from corsair,seasonic,antecx,xfx,silverstone brands for psu
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May 22, 2013 12:36:06 AM

ASHISH65 said:
psu brand is the issue buddy.for your rig 500w psu is enough

watts never matter,it efficiency,reliablilty matters.

get from corsair,seasonic,antecx,xfx,silverstone brands for psu


Ok, thank you for your response and I will definitely take your comments into account, by the way - thanks for your reply's. :) 
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May 22, 2013 1:41:18 AM

spawnkiller said:
the G2020 scores 2869 in passmark and the G860 scores 2866... The G2020 is newer and can use 1333mhz ram while the G860 is limited to 1066... Also the Integrated graphics are a little better on the newer g2020...

I would choose the G2020 if they're about the same price...

Actually the Pentium g860 support both 1066 and 1333 Mhz RAM.
http://ark.intel.com/products/53492
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May 22, 2013 1:44:30 AM

Go with the Pentium G860 so that you will be able to update to the latest BIOS to support Ivybridge.
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May 22, 2013 2:17:27 PM

unreal9400 said:
Go with the Pentium G860 so that you will be able to update to the latest BIOS to support Ivybridge.


Wait, do you mean G2020? It's the Ivy Bridge, G860 is the Sandy Bridge.

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May 22, 2013 4:18:43 PM

trogdor8freebird said:
unreal9400 said:
Go with the Pentium G860 so that you will be able to update to the latest BIOS to support Ivybridge.


Wait, do you mean G2020? It's the Ivy Bridge, G860 is the Sandy Bridge.


Oh my bad the motherboard support Ivy Bridge out from the box.
Go with the Pentium G2020.
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