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I3-3220 vs A8-5600k

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January 5, 2013 10:20:46 AM

Which CPU should I get for general everyday computing?

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January 5, 2013 11:08:23 AM

okay, so if you're not using a stand alone graphics card, don't even think twice before getting the A8, but if you're going to use a graphics card, then the i3 may be the one to go with. Unless you're planning to get something like a 7660D as a graphics card, in which case you'll be Crossfiring with the APU... In which case, the APU wins again. But if you're getting a graphics card besides the 76XX, then get the i3. If not, the A8 is good.
But, logically, if you're getting something to the level of an i3, I think you won't be going too much further than a 76XX graphics card anyway.
Intel rule for high end... But on a budget... Not so much.
January 5, 2013 11:15:22 AM

that depends on your budget and needs .. what is your budget ?
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January 5, 2013 11:18:43 AM

The i3-3220 is good enough for up to a Radeon 7870 actually, although you won't see it's performance like you would've with an i5, it's actually pretty close.

If your general everyday computing doesn't include high-end gaming and you don't need a dedicated graphics card, but you still want a good integrated graphics, get the A8-5600K.
January 5, 2013 11:26:46 AM

if you dont need a discrete graphics card, add extra $20 and get a A10 5800k or if you are getting a discrete graphics card get i3 3220 !
January 5, 2013 12:50:25 PM

$400 is my limit for the whole pc without an OS. Limited funds mean that I can either get an A8-5600k or an i3-3220 + HD5450.
January 5, 2013 1:11:13 PM

Per above statement, I would get the A8 processor (which comes integrated with the 7560D) which gives you the ability to upgrade later to a 6670 and crossfire it with the a8 apu vs the i3 + HD5450. The 7560D (inegrated with the A8) would give almost equivalent graphics as a 5570 (see http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html and http://www.surlix.com/us/pc/classement-complet-cartes-g... ) so either way you're better off with an A8 in my opinion.

Edit: changed 6770 to 6670 (typo)
January 5, 2013 1:12:46 PM

Go with the A8 then. 400 bucks is a tight budget! You want to costs wherever you can! As others have said no need to buy a dedicated graphics card for everyday computing with the A8.
January 5, 2013 1:15:13 PM

Cheers guys, A8 it is!
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January 5, 2013 5:11:50 PM

stevydinho said:
$400 is my limit for the whole pc without an OS. Limited funds mean that I can either get an A8-5600k or an i3-3220 + HD5450.



Ummm......

The Intel HD 4000 is more powerful than the Radeon HD 5450. It is close to being as powerful as a Radeon HD 5550.

While the A8-5600k does not have the most powerful integrated Radeon HD graphics core; the Radeon HD 7560D should be a little more powerful than the Radeon HD 5550 / Intel HD 4000. AMD's APU benefits greatly from fast RAM. See link below.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/amd-t...
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January 5, 2013 5:17:35 PM

chuyayala said:
Per above statement, I would get the A8 processor (which comes integrated with the 7560D) which gives you the ability to upgrade later to a 6770 and crossfire it with the a8 apu vs the i3 + HD5450. The 7560D (inegrated with the A8) would give almost equivalent graphics as a 5570 (see http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html and http://www.surlix.com/us/pc/classement-complet-cartes-g... ) so either way you're better off with an A8 in my opinion.
You can't crossfire APUs with a 6770. Only 6450-6670.
February 5, 2013 5:30:18 PM

You're right! Typo! My bad.
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