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General Use, which MOBO/CPU/RAM/GPU combo?

Which of these two builds would you think is better bang for buck for a super low-budget general purpose PC?

Intel Build
MOBO: ASRock H61M-VS Socket 1155 Intel H61 Chipset - $50 (with $5 MIR)
CPU: Intel Pentium G630 Dual-Core Socket LGA1155, 2.70Ghz, 3MB L3 Cache, 32nm 65W TDP (Retail Boxed) - $75
RAM: Corsair XMS3 Classic 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz CL9 DIMMs - $28 (with $10 MIR)
GPU: XFX 9600 GSO 512MB DDR3 - $20
Total --> $173 (w/ $15 MIR)


AMD Build
MOBO: Asus F1A55-M LX PLUS Socket FM1 AMD A55 FCH Chipset - $65
CPU: AMD A4-3400 Dual Core 2.70GHz APU , Socket FM1, 1Mb L2 Cache, 65W 32nm - $80
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866MHz (PC3-14900) 8GB (2x4GB) 1.5v Dual Channel Kit - $60
GPU: OEM Radeon HD 6450 512MB DDR3 - $20
Total --> $225


** Actually, I already bought 9600 GSO a while ago, but my friend is willing to trade his HD 6450 (from his HP PC) for it, if I choose to go with the AMD build.

Thanks in advance,
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  1. i seriously doubt a pentium g630 can utilize, let alone is compatible with ddr3 1600mhz.

    http://ark.intel.com/products/53483 under "memorey specs"

    Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
    32 GB
    Memory Types
    DDR3-1066
    # of Memory Channels
    2
    Max Memory Bandwidth
    21 GB/s

    the asrock h61m-vs is 1066/1333. Cheaper ram is available.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308
  2. James McKeane said:
    i seriously doubt a pentium g630 can utilize, let alone is compatible with ddr3 1600mhz. the asrock h61m-vs is 1066/1333. Cheaper ram is available.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424


    Thanks for the reply.

    I know what you're saying, but I was actually planning to down-clock the RAM to 1333Mhz @ 1.5v, as opposed to the rated 1600Mhz @ 1.65v. And yes, there is cheaper RAM available, but with the MIR, total comes to about the same price as the kit you posted... anyway, what do you think about the build in general though? Which would you expect to perform better?
  3. Best answer
    rex000 said:
    Thanks for the reply.

    I know what you're saying, but I was actually planning to down-clock the RAM to 1333Mhz @ 1.5v, as opposed to the rated 1600Mhz @ 1.65v. And yes, there is cheaper RAM available, but with the MIR, total comes to about the same price as the kit you posted... anyway, what do you think about the build in general though? Which would you expect to perform better?
    Performance wise, the Intel build is much more recommended. the pentium is listed ranked higher than the a4 on the hierarchy chart

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html .

    also, a caveat: i have no experience in downclocking, so i don't know if that'll actually work. If you done it before then go for it.

    Here the manual for the asrock: ftp://174.142.97.10/manual/H61M-VS.pdf
  4. I don't understand your GPU statement. Are you under the impression that the two GPUs are somehow not compatible? Either GPU works in either system, but neither is needed. Both CPUs have built in graphics, and both boards support that.
  5. Proximon said:
    I don't understand your GPU statement. Are you under the impression that the two GPUs are somehow not compatible? Either GPU works in either system, but neither is needed. Both CPUs have built in graphics, and both boards support that.



    Ahh, I understand that both GPUs work in either system. It's just that the AMD APU supports DUAL graphics (so Integrated + Discrete) if I pair it with a compatible HD6XXX series card. So I thought I would see some performance boost there.

    On the otherhand, the Intel CPU has only integrated graphics (which are not-so-good) so I thought I'd pair it with the 9600 GSO. The 9600 GSO should be much better than the HD6450, regardless of how old it is, right?
  6. James McKeane said:
    i seriously doubt a pentium g630 can utilize, let alone is compatible with ddr3 1600mhz.

    http://ark.intel.com/products/53483 under "memorey specs"

    Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
    32 GB
    Memory Types
    DDR3-1066
    # of Memory Channels
    2
    Max Memory Bandwidth
    21 GB/s

    the asrock h61m-vs is 1066/1333. Cheaper ram is available.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308



    Thanks for the information. I looked a bit further and found a Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz kit for $20 after MIR. I think I'll pair that with the Intel build, since I don't think RAM will have much of an effect anyway. This will shave off ~$20
  7. I guess that would depend on what you wanted to do with it. You certainly wouldn't see any difference in flash movies and such. I would have to look up the 9600GSO... been a while and I'm out of time. Given the heat from the older hardware and power consumption, I probably wouldn't want to use it anyway.
  8. Hmm... I look around a bit more, and I think this is what I'll be ordering... lowest of the low, but I still think it'll be fast enough for moderate gaming, such as COD4, halo, CS, SCII, etc...

    CPU: Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116409

    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3/4G
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104244

    GPU: XFX PV-T96O-YHFC GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 128-bit GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150570

    HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    CASE/PSU: APEVIA X-TROOPER Junior Series X-TRPJR-BK Black Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case W/450W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144270


    TOTAL: $286.50

    * I know the CASE/PSU are bad, but I own them already (my first uneducated build) so I thought I'd put it to some use... besides, this build shouldn't be putting too much stress on it so it should hold for now.
    ** According to an online power supply estimator, it predicts that this build will only pull 163W. Should be OK? ><"
  9. The Apevia PSU may have been capable of 250W when it was new. I wouldn't let it near any hardware I valued though.
  10. i suggest you go grab some 39$ psu with some nice brand but not more than 50$ and your good to go and make sure it fits that case
  11. Alrighty, I guess I'm going to add in this one for $50 - $5IR - $10MIR = $35.

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Now, total comes to about ~$330
  12. Sounds fine.
  13. Best answer selected by rex000.
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