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.
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.
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.
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.