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[Pre-Built] Better for Games? AMD FX 8120 Or I5-3450

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October 8, 2012 2:50:27 AM

Hi, Im new to this forum so please excuse my lack of knowledge of computers. Im currently switching from XBOX to PC games.
Im looking for a Pc witch i can play Games such as Battlefield 3/Call of duty but also do some multi tasking.
Iv read the Buyer guide on the forums but im still very unsure at what I should be looking for. ( Cores/graphics )

These are the two computers Iv been looking at lately. Price is a factor so I am trying to get the best bang for my buck.

Acer AMD FX 8120 3.1GHz Desktop Computer (AM3450-EF10P)
Price: $749.99

Processor Type AMD FX 8120
Processor Speed 3.1GHz
Processor Cores 8
RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive Capacity 2 TB SATA
Graphics Card ATI HD7670 Graphics card
Video memory 2 GB

Gateway 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3450 Desktop Computer (DX4860-EF16P)
Price: $679.99

Processor Type Intel Core i5 3450
Processor Speed 3.1GHz
Processor Cores 4
RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive Capacity 2 TB SATA
Graphics Card ATI HD7350 graphics card
Video Memory 1GB



Thanks.
October 8, 2012 3:04:22 AM

The 8120 comes with a better GPU.

But the i5-3450 is a better gaming CPU (Not saying 8120 is bad).


Get the i5 system then slap a Radeon HD 7750 on it.
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October 8, 2012 3:05:52 AM

The i5 is a better CPU.

The AMD one has a better graphics card, so it will be better at gaming. However the 7670 isn't exactly very good.
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October 8, 2012 3:12:03 AM

okay thanks, One more question.

I5 3450, the higher in numbers you go does it become better?
Also what does the "k" indicate at the end?
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October 8, 2012 3:16:15 AM

The K means that the CPU has an integrated video chip (built into the CPU)

It also means that the CPU has an unlocked multiplier which means it can be overclocked easier.
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October 8, 2012 3:17:27 AM

The "K" refers to unlocked multiplier for easier overclocking.
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October 8, 2012 3:23:24 AM

okay thanks.

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October 8, 2012 3:28:37 AM

also is there a difference between 6MB cache and a 8MB cache?
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October 8, 2012 3:54:17 AM

Regor245 said:
The 8120 comes with a better GPU.

But the i5-3450 is a better gaming CPU (Not saying 8120 is bad).


Get the i5 system then slap a Radeon HD 7750 on it.



The i5 only has a 300w power supply.
7750 Hd says it needs a 400w power supply.. so i would have to upgrade this aswell?
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October 8, 2012 3:59:47 AM

They honestly both aren't that good comptuers. You can do alot better if you want to build instead.

For a 7750, if you have a 300W, you can run it.
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October 8, 2012 4:04:58 AM

Yeah im not looking for a power horse computer. just something to play my games with out lag.
Im more looking for the best bang for my buck.
thanks for clearing that up though.
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October 8, 2012 6:15:12 AM

Bang for the buck is going to be found by doing it yourself.
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October 8, 2012 6:23:03 AM

Yeah, brad, you're going to get a LOT more power out of a home-built computer for a LOT cheaper than if you buy a prebuilt.

Take this $400 rig. Graphically, it'll compete with either computer, and it has an SSD, no less.

For $600, you could build yourself an amazing computer, either using AMD's Trinity, which is an exceptionally good CPU that has no noticeable difference from an i5-3570k for half the price, or using a lower end i5.

Personally, I'd go with the Trinity - they're really not as bad compared to Intel as everyone makes them out to be, they just run hotter.



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October 8, 2012 5:59:11 PM

Good build, but ditch the Diablotek power supply. Go for something reputable with an 80 Plus rating.

It pays off in the long run.
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October 8, 2012 6:14:16 PM

Yeah I will consider a built. Thanks for the information.
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