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Cheap AMD build or invest in an i3 build

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February 6, 2012 3:04:50 AM

Hello,
I have an AMD build that my friend is selling for $350, but I have been looking at i3 build for the last few weeks and intel looks like they are the best for a budget gaming pc.

This is the AMD build:

GigaByte GA-MA785GM-US2H motherboard
AMD Athlon2 x4 630 quad-core 2.8GHz processor with OCZ CPU cooler
8gigs G.SKILL DDR2 RAM
n'Vidia GTX 260 video card. Stock fan removed and replaced with a Thermalright HR-03 cooler kit.
Western Digital Caviar 'Black Edition' 1TB hard drive
DVD burner
Cooler Master full size tower case with 550watt power supply
Windows7 Home Premium 64bit

Otherwise I would go with a i3 build with h61 mobo, 6850, 4gb ram, 650w psu, and other parts which will cost me around 550-600.

The cheap AMD build seems pretty good for its price. I just want a system that can play SWTOR on med or high.

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February 6, 2012 3:08:26 AM

The 780 is a few generations old now and severely outdated. The i3 is a far better CPU for the money and will run circles around any AMD CPU. However I really wouldn't recommend H61 as it's severely limited functionality in terms of what it can do vs. Z68 and P67.
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February 6, 2012 3:09:01 AM

Seems good for its price yet its used. Add to that you will get a much bigger jump in performance by going with the i3 and you can even upgrade later to an i5 2500k and really increase your gaming. Its not a good buy at 350 i don't think 150 maybe but not 350 but thats my opinion.
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February 6, 2012 3:51:40 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The 780 is a few generations old now and severely outdated. The i3 is a far better CPU for the money and will run circles around any AMD CPU. However I really wouldn't recommend H61 as it's severely limited functionality in terms of what it can do vs. Z68 and P67.


Where did you get 780 from? Also the h61 is a good option for a budget build is it not? I know that the z68 is going to be the best option but runs at about $50-100 more depending on brand.

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February 6, 2012 5:11:01 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=289

2100 is about 50% faster across the board. If it were only 15-20% difference I'd say go for the AMD and add a 6870 and SSD with the savings, but it's tough to justify taking such a huge hit in performance @ the cpu.

I wouldn't say $350 is a bad price, I mean win7 and an HDD will set you back a quick $200 by themselves, it's just too much of a performance hit compared to the over-achieving budget SB chips.


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February 6, 2012 5:17:29 AM

The build he can buy does have windows 7 64 on it already but still i don't really think the amd build is worth the 350.00 over what he could add to that 350.00 and get a better system.
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February 6, 2012 5:19:50 AM

The H61 is fine for a budget build...the extra features are things such as overclocking abilities mainly, and the i3-2100 can't overclock AFAIK. You're good to go. As an alternative, there's the Pentium G840 CPU as well...it's rated pretty well as a gaming CPU:

http://apps.facebook.com/tomsbuilder/9973
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February 6, 2012 7:45:30 AM

lol its hardly have any point putting a p67 or a z68 mobo on an i3 2100 since you wont be overclocking it any time soon, h61 is more than good enough for it, but that amd build for 350$ is good, if you can grab it for 300$ flat or 250$-280$ that amd build from your friend go take it, but if not, build an intel i3 2100 set up
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February 6, 2012 3:50:17 PM

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February 6, 2012 6:19:58 PM

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