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February 5, 2013 3:43:45 PM

I am building a computer mainly to play wow and the upcoming the elder scrolls online. Ive been looking at Intel and AMD processors and I am leaning towards AMD since they are +$100 cheaper than the intel i5 series. Will an AMD A10 Trinity be enough for what I need? Should I invest a little bit more and get an Intel?

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February 5, 2013 3:48:07 PM

Get at minimum I3 but I5 would do better. FX4300 would be the cheapest CPU I would buy from AMD.
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February 5, 2013 4:00:00 PM

I was reading about the FX and it says that AMD is stopping the production of FX processors after the Vishera. So, is it even a good idea to get this kind of cpu?
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February 5, 2013 4:04:19 PM

I agree with rolli59. A lot of people stress the importance of a strong GPU for games, but MMO titles benefit from stronger CPUs. You can also turn down graphics settings until you can upgrade. In your place, I'd rather have i5+HD7770 or GTX650Ti than A10 + HD7870 or GTX660Ti.
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February 5, 2013 4:08:05 PM

nab that A10 if you aren't looking to max out the settings or if you have a low-res monitor and are looking to save a few bucks. otherwise, get an intel i5 or an amd FX6300 if you want some extra leg-room to work with.
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February 5, 2013 4:09:50 PM

Regardless what you buy today it is going to be obsolete in couple of years because of platform changes and new tech. Don't hold that against FX.
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February 5, 2013 4:51:55 PM

Please post a budget of how much you would like to spend. After that we can go from there as far as what to recomend for you. On a side note personally I would rather have a faster GPU than CPU, even with a CPU bottleneck a faster GPU will almost always get you higher frame rates than a faster CPU.
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February 5, 2013 5:08:24 PM

I have built two computers:

1. 3570k, gpu ... $1,000
2. A-10 5800k, no GPU, reused monitor ... $500

Both work great for their intended purposes. I prefer gaming on the 3570k, however the a10 5800k is an adequate gamer.

How much money you got? ... and that's just the first of many questions ...

Good Luck !!
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February 5, 2013 6:31:52 PM

odiervr said:
I have built two computers:

1. 3570k, gpu ... $1,000
2. A-10 5800k, no GPU, reused monitor ... $500

Both work great for their intended purposes. I prefer gaming on the 3570k, however the a10 5800k is an adequate gamer.

How much money you got? ... and that's just the first of many questions ...

Good Luck !!


I've got around $750 without the monitor since I already have an hd one
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February 5, 2013 6:40:17 PM

the a10 is throwing money away if your going to use a discrete graphics card. No L3 cache = bad in that situation.
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February 5, 2013 7:09:58 PM

Unless of course you play games that use 4 cores.

Or you overclock ?

Or you see the future of games depending on more that 2 cores.

All that said, at the $750 range I would purchase the best intel chip and mobo I could afford, slap in an HD 7870 LE Tahiti and be on my way (if you can afford all that, HD 7850 if that's the most you can afford).

Good Luck !!

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February 5, 2013 7:21:04 PM

point being the 4300 costs the same as the A10, has the same cpu core and has l3 cache. A10 is wasted on the igp thats not going to be used at all.

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February 5, 2013 7:32:53 PM

odiervr said:
Unless of course you play games that use 4 cores.

Or you overclock ?

Or you see the future of games depending on more that 2 cores.

All that said, at the $750 range I would purchase the best intel chip and mobo I could afford, slap in an HD 7870 LE Tahiti and be on my way (if you can afford all that, HD 7850 if that's the most you can afford).

Good Luck !!


OK, I have decided to go with the intel i5-3570k + HD 7850 . Thanks for all your responses guys!
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February 5, 2013 7:33:19 PM

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