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I3 3220 + Radeon 6450 vs. i3 3225

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November 26, 2012 2:13:20 AM

I'm looking to pickup one of the i3 processors tomorrow. The pc I'm going to put it in will mainly be for office use and internet surfing. Would I be better served going with the 3225 because of the Intel HD4000? Or should I pick up the 6450 and pair it with the 3220 which has the weaker onboard graphics? Both options will come out to the same price give or take $5.

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November 26, 2012 2:23:46 AM

HD 4000 is faster than the 6450, stick with onboard
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November 26, 2012 2:31:04 AM

I reccommend you get an APU processor. The graphics die is just better than the Intel one. Since you using it for office and surfing, it'll do the job just great.

From my experience of using APU.

Edit: Something like this for $65.
November 26, 2012 2:32:09 AM

What if I want to run a two monitor setup? Will I be able to do that with just the HD 4000?

@acrace... I appreciate the suggestion, but I can't do that. I already bought the motherboard, so I'm going to stick to an i3.

Edit: If it's a big enough improvement over the i3 I can just return my mobo to newegg. Is it a better option than the i3? Keep in mind I want to run two monitors.

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November 26, 2012 2:42:16 AM

Well, for raw processing power, i3 is definitely better. It's a great budget gaming processor. Since you have bought the motherboard, and to save you from hassle, stay with the i3. HD 4000 can also do the job just fine.

For dual monitor, it depends on the motherboard. Since your motherboard have DVI, HDMI and VGA, it should work.
November 26, 2012 2:44:23 AM

So I can have two monitors, one dvi and one hdmi, connected to the motherboard? Won't that be taxing on the cpu?
November 26, 2012 2:54:44 AM

If you're not gaming, then yes. But, if you're worry about having heavy load on the CPU , you can add the Radeon 6450 that you mentioned before.
November 26, 2012 3:23:33 AM

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November 26, 2012 3:23:41 AM

I won't be gaming, but I think that's what I will do just to be safe. Thanks!