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April 22, 2012 3:01:01 AM

Hi guys!

We have decided that chances are that we'll be getting an

AMD ATHLON II X2 260 3.2GHz/1MB L2 Cache x 2/Multiplier x16 / Asrock N68-VS3 FX, Biostar N68S3B or Biostar A780L3B / 2GB DDR3 Memory / 500W PSU

I've thought a bit about it since I want to play MS Flight Simulator X sp2 on it. I've discovered that for similar price we can get an

Intel Pentium G620 2.60GHz LGA1155 / ASROCK H61M-VS B3 Intel H61(B3) Chipset / 2GB DDR3 Memory / Rise PC Case 500 PSU

or an

Intel Pentium DUAL CORE E6600 3.06GHz Wolfdale / Biostar G41D3C Intel G41 Chipset / 2GB DDR3 Memory / Rise PC Case D-023

Since I wish to play FSX I'm wondering which one would be the best. I'll consider installing more RAM once I have it so don't worry about that and also maybe a new graphics card.

Also please note the model of the motherboards, I'd appreciate some suggestions concerning them.

Thanks in advance! :) 

PS I don't want to OC since there's a 2 year warranty!

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April 22, 2012 10:43:08 AM
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Looks like the Pentium G620 will perform the best out of those 3 options.
And it certainly had the best future upgrade path.

Benchmark comparisons:
AMD Athlon II X2 265 - 3.3GHz vs Pentium G620 - 2.6GHz

E6600 @ 3.06
G620 @ 2.60GHz
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April 22, 2012 11:01:19 AM

+1 G620 you have a good upgrade route on that if you need in future.

All are a little low end though. If budget has some elasticity the Intel route would benefit massively from an i3 2100 or the AMD would be attractive with a Phenom II 965 either CPU doesnt cost a massive amount more than the ones listed.
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April 22, 2012 4:02:14 PM

wr6133 said:
+1 G620 you have a good upgrade route on that if you need in future.

All are a little low end though. If budget has some elasticity the Intel route would benefit massively from an i3 2100 or the AMD would be attractive with a Phenom II 965 either CPU doesnt cost a massive amount more than the ones listed.


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April 22, 2012 4:39:43 PM

Intel will perform better but you need at least 4gb or ram in my opinion. Also I have a motherboard (Asus Cossfire IV) and AMD 1100T black edition CPU (3.3 Ghz) six cores. I'm asking $225 for both. Let me know if interested.
April 23, 2012 1:19:18 AM

WR2 said:
Looks like the Pentium G620 will perform the best out of those 3 options.
And it certainly had the best future upgrade path.

Benchmark comparisons:
AMD Athlon II X2 265 - 3.3GHz vs Pentium G620 - 2.6GHz

E6600 @ 3.06
G620 @ 2.60GHz


But the AMD is 3.2GHZ vs the Intel which has only 2.6GHZ! How could it possibly outperform AMD will playing FSX which requires raw speed? And what about graphics? One website claims it's only good for 2D games! I'm not concerned about upgrading anything else except RAM... Will Intel really outrun AMD with a weaker processor? And what about the stronger intel? How can the weaker one beat the stronger one?

Anyway, thanks for replying!
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April 23, 2012 1:45:36 AM

Has to do with CPU architecture and design. The Pentium 4 with HT had a faster clock rate than the Core 2 Duos, especially initially, but was markedly slower.
April 23, 2012 1:54:06 AM

sk1939 said:
Has to do with CPU architecture and design. The Pentium 4 with HT had a faster clock rate than the Core 2 Duos, especially initially, but was markedly slower.


OK. So you're saying it's faster, but what about graphics?

Thanks for replying :) 
April 23, 2012 8:16:51 AM

So for RAW speed the 2.6GHz would top the 3.2GHz?
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April 23, 2012 10:41:04 AM

CaptAlan said:
So for RAW speed performance the 2.6GHz would top the 3.2GHz?
Yes it would.
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April 23, 2012 11:01:59 AM

CaptAlan said:
OK. So you're saying it's faster, but what about graphics?
FSX's minimum system requirement for graphics is:
Video Card: 32MB DirectX 9 compatible

The ATI Radeon 3000 graphics on the BIOSTAR A780L3B, the GeForce 7025 on the Asrock N68-VS3 FX or the Intel HD Graphics (Pentium G). All meet the minimum requirements. But you would not consider any of them a 'gaming graphics' solution. You will be unhappy using any of those and to running FSX.


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source: THG: Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2012
April 23, 2012 11:18:04 AM

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April 23, 2012 11:20:17 AM

Ok. Thanks for the help! :) 
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April 23, 2012 8:25:55 PM

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