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Entry Level Gaming PC : Need Help

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June 6, 2013 9:31:23 PM

My Budget is around $450. After a bit of research i have come with these specs :

CPU : AMD ATHLON II X4 640
Cabinet : Cooler Master elite 311
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2PT
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 7750 1 GB GDDR5
HDD: Seagate barracuda 500 GB
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR3-1333
PSU: Cooler Master PSU 450 W

I am confused between Athlon II X4 640 and Phenom II X4 965. Which one will be better??

I want to play games like BF3,AC3,sleeping dogs etc at playable fps.
Your opinion will be appreciated. Thank you!!

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June 6, 2013 10:08:39 PM

Phenom is better. If you can get a 7770 get it, considerably better
June 6, 2013 10:47:25 PM

ok i will see to that.. but otherwise the specs stated above, will it be enough to play games at med settings?

I have read a couple of review stating phenom II X4 is bit better due L3 cache otherwise its equivalent to athlon II X4. Is it true?
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June 7, 2013 12:05:41 AM

Phenom is better
June 7, 2013 12:13:10 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.15 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $462.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-07 03:13 EDT-0400)
June 7, 2013 5:45:48 AM

one more question - I have a 14inch monitor which i bought long ago,around 4-5 years ago. I dont remember its resolution and i cant check it right now because its not with me currently.

I think with a 14inch monitor, the ATI Radeon HD 6670 will be enough in getting playable fps. Correct me if i am wrong.

So ATI Radeon HD 6670 I GB GDDR5 paired with Phenom II X4 965 will be a good option???
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June 7, 2013 6:11:37 AM

vass_badass said:
one more question - I have a 14inch monitor which i bought long ago,around 4-5 years ago. I dont remember its resolution and i cant check it right now because its not with me currently.

I think with a 14inch monitor, the ATI Radeon HD 6670 will be enough in getting playable fps. Correct me if i am wrong.

So ATI Radeon HD 6670 I GB GDDR5 paired with Phenom II X4 965 will be a good option???

Yes, as long your playing games at 720P that is.
You can always upgrade to a better graphic card later on.
June 7, 2013 6:18:10 AM

The stock fan of phenom II X4 965 is noisy according to lot of reviews.

Since i would be playing games at 720p. Will the athlon II X4 640 be enough??
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June 7, 2013 6:22:06 AM

Both athlon II X4 640 and phenom 965 will run games just fine as long as it is paired with a good GPU.
June 7, 2013 6:27:05 AM

Ok then i'm gonna get the athlon II X4 640 paired with Radeon HD 6670.

Thank you for your time!!
June 7, 2013 7:21:07 AM

vass_badass said:
Ok then i'm gonna get the athlon II X4 640 paired with Radeon HD 6670.

Thank you for your time!!


The Phenom outperforms the Athlon in pretty much every single benchmark.

The 7770 is a *much* better card than a 6670.
June 7, 2013 8:43:22 AM

What about the 7750??? I can afford the 7750.

7770 will be beyond my budget.

And what about the noisy stock fan of phenom???
June 7, 2013 8:56:32 AM

vass_badass said:
What about the 7750??? I can afford the 7750.

7770 will be beyond my budget.

And what about the noisy stock fan of phenom???


I posted a build above with a 7770 and a Phenom in your budget. Unless that $12 is a big deal, in which case I can see what can be done.

You can always improve on stock fans, of course (mediocre stock fans is a universal phenomenon). We're not talking about chainsaws in your computer room - on a tight budget, you have to make significant compromises. Me, I'll prioritize significant performance gains over a few decibels of noise, but you're free to disagree, of course.

The Phenom IIx4 965 being a staple of entry-level build proposals here and the Athlon IIx4 rarely if ever featuring isn't done for insignificant reasons or caprice. It's a better CPU.

June 7, 2013 9:04:05 AM

The price of 7770 here in India is around $170..
i will be going with the Phenom and 7750.
Thanks a lot for the help.!!
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