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Budget Games PC advice please

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November 23, 2010 7:20:01 PM

Im wondering as far as a budget mid range games pc goes, would an Intel i3 530 with a Radeon HD5770 be better than a Phenom x4 925 with the same GPU. The i3 would be bought with the intention of eventually upgrading to i7.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2010 7:30:25 PM

go AMD, but min 3.0 GHz (Athlon II X3 445, X4 640, or Phenom II X3 740, x4 955, or x6 1075)
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November 23, 2010 7:44:03 PM

Do games take advantage of more than 2 cores?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2010 8:18:24 PM

yes.

a recent study by Toms (Back in October) showed an average of 2.75 cores over 20 popular games. The exampel of PhysX on AMD a couple days ago showed Metro 2033 using all 6 cores ofa 1090t at 60-65% before turning on CPU PhysX, and 90-93% whn it was on.
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November 24, 2010 9:15:31 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
go AMD, but min 3.0 GHz (Athlon II X3 445, X4 640, or Phenom II X3 740, x4 955, or x6 1075)



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This for sure. IMO for a budget PC you can't find a better priced CPU that offers the same performance as the Athlon II x3 445.
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December 5, 2010 9:51:42 PM

Thanks. Would a Phenom x4 925 with a Asus M4A87TD EVO mobo be a good alternative or not?
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December 6, 2010 7:02:17 AM

Uncl30w3n said:
Thanks. Would a Phenom x4 925 with a Asus M4A87TD EVO mobo be a good alternative or not?


The Phenom x4 925 is a good CPU, but it's $129... I thought you were looking for a budget PC? The Asus EVO board is a nice board, but it's $109 and designed for Crossfire/Core unlocking. If this is a budget PC are you going to want to use Crossfire? What's your budget if you don't mind me asking? If your looking for Crossfire and Core unlocking your looking at a large, possibly expensive power supply. Not to mention you'll want to get a better heat-sink, and plenty of case fans to keep the temps down. All this will drive the price up significantly.
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December 8, 2010 8:50:31 PM

Hmmm... dont know how this translates into USD, my guess is around 750 usd ( 1,110 NZD)
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 9, 2010 7:26:42 AM

Not sure bout h/w pricing and taking lack of combos in NZ this was what $531AR USD on Egg nabs ya hehe
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December 9, 2010 7:28:06 AM

Uncl30w3n said:
Hmmm... dont know how this translates into USD, my guess is around 750 usd ( 1,110 NZD)



That's $830 US. That leaves more spending room than I thought. Hehe for some reason when I see budget PC I think $500-$700. Your budget should be plenty to build a nice rig. With that price I'm sure some the more experienced people here can suggest a great build.
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