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June 27, 2012 10:04:09 PM

Hello,
I have been shopping on-line for a week now for the parts to build a new PC. I had a system picked out using the AMD A6-3500 processor but at the last minute changed my mind and went with the A6-3650 processor. I am not sure if that makes the system any better or worse. The biggest difference that I can see is the 3500 is 65watt and the 3650 is either 95w or 100w and the 3650 may be a bit faster. I'm not a gamer and just use my PC for web surfing, e-mails and the odd banking. I'm using the Gigabyte motherboard with built in graphics. So, my question.. What can I expect from the AMD 3650 processor and do I need to upgrade to Windows & or is my old XP still useable? Thanks

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June 27, 2012 10:13:28 PM

Tucats said:
Hello,
I have been shopping on-line for a week now for the parts to build a new PC. I had a system picked out using the AMD A6-3500 processor but at the last minute changed my mind and went with the A6-3650 processor. I am not sure if that makes the system any better or worse. The biggest difference that I can see is the 3500 is 65watt and the 3650 is either 95w or 100w and the 3650 may be a bit faster. I'm not a gamer and just use my PC for web surfing, e-mails and the odd banking. I'm using the Gigabyte motherboard with built in graphics. So, my question.. What can I expect from the AMD 3650 processor and do I need to upgrade to Windows & or is my old XP still useable? Thanks


I guess if you aren't playing game and are just using it for general stuff like fooling around on the internet, checking emails and Microsoft office it's not to bad, though i'm not a fan of APU's. Sure they have good integrated graphics but in terms of CPU power AMD processors are kind of slow. I would go with a Sandy Bridge Pentium or an I3. I would rather have the greater performance of the Intels over better [integrated] graphics.
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June 27, 2012 10:16:33 PM

A cheap socket 1155 Pentium in a cheap $75 board with some decent ddr3 1600 ram and you will be pretty much set for the next few years with that unless you or someone else is going to be playing some games.
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June 27, 2012 10:32:36 PM

You guys are forgetting html5 is coming out and 3d gaming via browser comes with it. The A6 3650 will do ok and it is better than the 3500.

You will need to check the download section of your selected motherboard to see if XP drivers are available, otherwise you'll be buying win7.
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July 5, 2012 12:53:02 PM

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