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January 22, 2014 2:08:46 AM

Hey guys. I’m planning to build my first computer (turning from console to PC) and I’m pretty much broke.

So I'm wondering if an i3 3220 and its integrated graphics will be enough for playing games (720p) like Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2 smoothly or is it better to get a Celeron G1610 and a GT 630 graphics card? PC components are overpriced here in our place but prices fluctuate very often.

So will I get better frame rates by getting an i3 (106$ here) or by going with the Celeron (42$) and the GT 630 (64$)? Or are there better options for 110$?
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January 22, 2014 2:16:21 AM

if you will eventually get a discreet graphics card then go for the i3. at low details i think you can play on the integrated graphics. and you get a nice boost if you add a radeon 7790 later on for example.

edit: so for the short term, a celeron + gt630 (or even a Radeon R7 240 if you find any nice deals) will work better. the i3 is a far more capable cpu, so add a 100-150usd graphics card in say a few months and it will get you playing on med at 1080p or high-ish details 720p

to get the same results you'd need to exchange both the celeron + gt630. the i3 is a better long term choice
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January 22, 2014 2:37:37 AM

laviniuc said:
if you will eventually get a discreet graphics card then go for the i3. at low details i think you can play on the integrated graphics. and you get a nice boost if you add a radeon 7790 later on for example.

edit: so for the short term, a celeron + gt630 (or even a Radeon R7 240 if you find any nice deals) will work better. the i3 is a far more capable cpu, so add a 100-150usd graphics card in say a few months and it will get you playing on med at 1080p or high-ish details 720p

to get the same results you'd need to exchange both the celeron + gt630. the i3 is a better long term choice


Sounds nice. I'm leaning towards the i3 now. Another question, I've just read about the AMD APUs and they're on sale here (about 90$ or more for the A8 5600K), is it a more viable option than the i3?
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January 22, 2014 2:45:43 AM

for games it's faster compared to a i3, the graphics inside is far better - on the cpu front it lacks behind the intel a bit.

the A8-5600K should get you medium-ish details on 1080p so if you're on a budget it's a good idea. certainly better than a celeron+gt630

the problem is that it also lacks the clean upgrade path that the i3 has, even if you add a better graphics card later on you won't see the same improvements as with the i3.
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January 22, 2014 2:50:59 AM

Great, thanks. So which of the three would be the best choice for my budget?
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January 22, 2014 3:02:42 AM

That's not yet available here (so sad). But they do sell the A10 5800k in our area for 128$. Is it comparable with the A10 6790K?
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