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August 10, 2012 8:09:12 PM

Hi, I currently own a Lenovo y570 with an i3 2310m and gt 555m. Would a desktop that is a AMD A8 3980k and 6670 be better? Unfortunately, the motherboard is not dual graphics capable becouse it is a pre built. Thanks!

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August 10, 2012 8:12:44 PM

Hi, I currently own a Lenovo y570 with an i3 2310m and gt 555m. Would a desktop that is a AMD A8 3980k and 6670 be better? Unfortunately, the motherboard is not dual graphics capable becouse it is a pre built. Thanks!
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August 10, 2012 8:14:55 PM

Seriously? Of course it's better! I'm not even going to start listing why a custom built desktop is better than a laptop, there are so many reasons.
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August 10, 2012 8:29:53 PM

It's not a custom-build desktop. He said in his post that it's pre-built.

According to Tom's GPU Hierarchy chart, no, the desktop won't be better. The 6670 is actually one tier below the GT 555m, and I doubt the A8 would help substantially.
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August 10, 2012 8:43:07 PM

I personally don't know, but AMD's Fusion series aren't really all that great, especially for gaming. If you do get one, get RAM that is atleast 1866 MHZ. The A8's GPU benefits from high memory bandwidth, considering it runs off your system RAM.

A 6670 isn't anything special, either. You'd be better off building or buying a desktop with an i3, and an AMD 7750 GPU or higher. It would definitely out perform the AMD A8, by a considerable margin.

Basically, if you're going to buy AMD, Phenom II's will still get the first recommendation around here. Either the 965 Black Edition, or a 6 Core Phenom II of some sort.

AMD's FX series falls short, along with their Fusion series. Although that may be the case, I see the Fusion series improving vastly over the next few refreshes. I don't think that the idea and implementation of a serious on die GPU has completely come to fruition for AMD just yet.
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August 10, 2012 8:58:10 PM

If you're deciding on getting a pre-built, then dont. You could build one yourself for around the same price. You must be asking why would I do that if its the same price?

Look at it this way:

Say you are a professional race car driver and brings your own car to the race. Sure you can go and buy a BMW and have the best of the street and the track, but you are looking for something that is much better on the track right? Then why not get a track-purpose car?

Same with computers. Sure you can go to the store and buy a pre-built and sure you'll be able to play on it well, but wouldn't you want something more purpose built?

Just say the word and people will help you get a build going around here.

That laptop isnt that bad either. Keep both I would say. The laptop comes in handy.

Now before you go and say you can't build a computer, look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
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August 10, 2012 9:13:54 PM

Well this is my situation. I just got a $100 pc from hp with a e2-3200 apu and 2gbs of ram lol. I got it figuring that i can upgrade to apu to a 3870k,add ram and then add a gpu thereby salvaging a 500gb hd hdd,mobo, psu (300w) and windows.
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August 10, 2012 9:14:12 PM

Well this is my situation. I just got a $100 pc from hp with a e2-3200 apu and 2gbs of ram lol. I got it figuring that i can upgrade to apu to a 3870k,add ram and then add a gpu thereby salvaging a 500gb hd hdd,mobo, psu (300w) and windows
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August 10, 2012 9:19:00 PM

This next topics has been merged by Mousemonkey
  • Desktop vs notebook
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    August 10, 2012 9:28:35 PM

    Thanks for merging! I was going to delte one but someone commented before i could
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    August 10, 2012 9:30:57 PM

    NP. :) 
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