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January 11, 2014 6:04:37 PM

Trying to decide on a CPU for my new budget gaming build. I want to go with a 60 dollar AMD processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but but these are both Dual-core and with a 1 MB L2 cache. Then there is the quad core for 80 dollars and a 4 MB L2 cache - Is there a significant difference? I am on a budget, so hopefully there is not a huge difference between them because I really want to go with the cheaper CPU. I am also going to have an XFX HD 6970 in my build. Opinions or recommendations?
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January 11, 2014 6:08:39 PM

Yes, by all means get the 750k instead of the other two, it is a VERY significant difference especially when you are using the 6970.
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January 11, 2014 6:10:43 PM

the athlon x4 750k. best quad core at lowest price.
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January 11, 2014 6:13:09 PM

750k
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January 11, 2014 6:15:04 PM

Hmm alright looks like the Quad core is a good choice. I know the AMD Kaveri is coming out on the 14th, and I would get that But I think its going to be a couple bucks out of my price range, so as a second choice I will go with the 750K. Hopefully the price might lower on the current processors once the Kaveri comes out in a few days?
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January 11, 2014 6:15:52 PM

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Check out the link, Currently with 2 or more cores you do not see a lot of difference however as better multithread games arrive on the seen this will change. 4 cores would be great for the future nut it is not something super wonderful and required right now.
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January 11, 2014 6:19:32 PM

Just make sure to get a fm2+ motherboard so you can upgrade to Kaveri later on if you want to.
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January 11, 2014 6:36:15 PM

That's a good motherboard. Do you want mini ITX on purpose?

The top of the line A10 7850k is rumored to be between $149-179 at launch. There will be many lesser Kaveri released like the A4s, A6s, and A8s.
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January 11, 2014 6:40:07 PM

Since you already have a 6970, the more affordable Kaveri Athlons with steamroller cores probably won't come out at first, but that's just a guess. I'd go ahead with a 750k or 760k.
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January 11, 2014 6:41:54 PM

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Since you already have a 6970, the more affordable Kaveri Athlons with steamroller cores probably won't come out at first, but that's just a guess. I'd go ahead with a 750k or 760k.


I agree. The 750k will be fine for now as long as you get the fm2+ chipset.
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January 11, 2014 6:44:28 PM

And Im picking a mini ITX specifically because I want it to be a small rig, I am getting this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the antec ISK600. I am hooking this PC up to my TV, so I want it to be small to take up less space, and I can get rid of a monitor. Plus it already has WiFi on board which is great. Hmm, I will probably wait until the 14th of January, so see what CPU's are launched. If nothing walls in my price range then I will go with the 750k or 760k
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January 11, 2014 6:48:55 PM

Nice case. I just built a microATX HTPC and I'm very happy with it, but I think I want a miniITX next time.
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January 11, 2014 6:53:55 PM

Thanks. Yea my last one was a microATX, and I realized it was still too big for my liking. I was going for the HTPC type of case, small and compact, but for gaming. I think it is the smallest case out there that will actually fit my 12" graphics card haha
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January 11, 2014 7:01:23 PM

Do you guys think ANY of the new AMD Kaveri CPU that they will release at launch (the 14th) will be anywhere close to the price of the 750k? (about 80 dollars)
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January 11, 2014 7:01:47 PM

lol my first thought was "there's no way the 6970 is gonna fit in a miniITX case" but I looked it up and was surprised.
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January 11, 2014 7:07:18 PM

I thought the same thing when I first saw the case. But then I actually went to the store to see the case in person just to make sure
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January 11, 2014 7:14:51 PM

X4 750k
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January 11, 2014 10:12:20 PM

quad core hands down, I think it's a wrong decision to get a dual core in the year 2014.
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January 11, 2014 10:30:17 PM

Thats true
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