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April 25, 2012 1:29:02 PM

Sorry if I posted this in the wrong area, but I had a question relating to CPUs. I'm building a budget gaming computer for my cousin, and I'm trying to get a decent video card, but I don't want to bottleneck it.

Video card: HD 6770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU a6 3650 APU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

His budget isn't super-high, so I was trying to find an alternate CPU which he might choose

alt CPU a4 3400 APU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For me, I wouldn't even think about the extra $30 for the 3650, but he's not as concerned about performance. How big of a difference do you think it might make? Any suggestions?

Thanks.

EDIT: I realize I said $30 difference, when you can see it's only $20, that's because the 3650 doesn't come with a fan, so that's the extra $10. Just wanted to clarify. lol
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April 25, 2012 1:33:08 PM

Hello bailiak;

What resolution is the monitor?
And do you have an idea what games, and what level of graphics, your cousin expects to be able to use?
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April 25, 2012 1:36:30 PM

For just $10 more Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz has much nicer future upgrade path than the FM1 socket Llano A6/A8 APUs.
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April 25, 2012 1:38:57 PM

Hi there!

Umm... I'm not sure, maybe like 1024 x 768. Perhaps a step or two higher in the 4:3 ratio. I'm pretty sure he just has an older CRT, and that's why I picked a card with VGA. Well, I guess I could have gotten a DVI/VGA adapter, but I've heard they are a little hokey, and most cards that don't have VGA are more powerful... which isn't needed anyway.

He would like to play some modern games... maybe at like mid settings. I don't think he's terribly picky. He mainly plays a lot of LoL (which will run on a toaster), but we wants a few more options.
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April 25, 2012 1:41:31 PM

WR2 said:
For just $10 more Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz has much nicer future upgrade path than the FM1 socket Llano A6/A8 APUs.



I was actually exploring some of those options, but the thing is that he has an older ATA hard drive, so I need a PCI adapter, and unfortunately, the intel boards with another PCI slot cost more, not to mention the fan options are a little more expensive, and it all started to add up. He's on a pretty tight budget.
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April 25, 2012 1:47:52 PM

CPU cooler should be an included cost.

Did you find any FM1 motherboards with any PATA/IDE headers?
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April 25, 2012 1:50:12 PM

Do you have the PCI PATA/IDE card already? There are PCI-e cards to do the same thing.
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April 25, 2012 1:54:37 PM

WR2 said:
CPU cooler should be an included cost.

Did you find any FM1 motherboards with any PATA/IDE headers?



Ah, I actually didn't think of that. I just did a quick search, but I'm not coming up with anything. Do you think the LGA 1155 would boards would be more likely to have ATA? Because the PCI card that I found was like $36. There was a cheaper one, but it got poor reviews.
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April 25, 2012 1:55:09 PM

ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 $49It's a good price - but I think any dual wide video card will block that PCI slot


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April 25, 2012 1:57:56 PM

WR2 said:
Do you have the PCI PATA/IDE card already? There are PCI-e cards to do the same thing.



Oh, that's a good thought, and it opens up some options. I'm not sure that newegg carries one though. Not that I could find. I'm checking other places now, though.
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April 25, 2012 2:00:57 PM

Of course it would go in either the FM1 boards or H61 boards.

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April 25, 2012 2:05:26 PM

You know what, I was checking the compatibility of the fan I picked out, and it looks like it would work for an 1155.
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April 25, 2012 2:06:42 PM

Did you need something other than the stock fan for the APU or CPU?
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April 25, 2012 2:07:15 PM

Oh yeah, I remember the main reason why I was thinking of going with the 3650; it's because it's a quad-core. You think the G680 is better, despite it being a dual-core?
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April 25, 2012 2:08:21 PM

WR2 said:
Did you need something other than the stock fan for the APU or CPU?


Oops, my bad. There wasn't a picture, and I hadn't noticed that there was a fan included. Sorry.
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April 25, 2012 2:13:12 PM

Good - that would save you some change. They both have stock CPU fans which should be fine.

I would have suggested putting the cost of a CPU cooler to the next higher CPU instead of an aftermarket CPU cooler.
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April 25, 2012 2:18:18 PM

WR2 said:
Good - that would save you some change. They both have stock CPU fans which should be fine.

I would have suggested putting the cost of a CPU cooler to the next higher CPU instead of an aftermarket CPU cooler.



Yeah, thanks a lot. I'm sitting at about $300 now (I think he may need a power supply too, but I'm not sure). He was aiming for $250, but I'll talk to him to see if he can fudge a bit. Anyway, that's between us. Thanks a lot for all of your help.
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April 25, 2012 2:19:06 PM

Pentium G850 2.9Ghz CPU is $88

You can start looking at Combo Deals and see if there is anything you like.

Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz & ASRock H61M-VS 1155 $130 - that's about $12 off
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April 25, 2012 2:26:04 PM

Don't waste on your money in adapters, just get a new HDD... The cheapest HDDs are $60 I think ATM.
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April 25, 2012 2:38:48 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Don't waste on your money in adapters, just get a new HDD... The cheapest HDDs are $60 I think ATM.


Yeah, I know. A SATA would be a lot better, but I'm already going over budget, so I'm not sure if $30-$40 is an option.
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April 26, 2012 1:38:05 AM

Best answer selected by bailiak.
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