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Your thoughts on Intel Pentium for my build?

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January 5, 2013 10:51:34 PM

I always thought even the higher end models of Intel Pentium was super bad and unplayable for higher end games and I'm wondering if that's actually the case cause I'm really picky when it comes to my builds. Also, the PC is a budget build. So I can't afford Intel i7s or nothing really expensive.
January 5, 2013 10:53:11 PM

I need more info. What is your budget?
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January 5, 2013 11:13:49 PM

What kind of Intel Pentium are you talking about? Low end like Pentium G2120? Or high end like i5-3570K?
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January 6, 2013 4:30:22 PM

My budget is 500. The current CPU I have is the Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz. I'm a small gamer but I want high preformance.
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January 6, 2013 4:36:04 PM

And if so, would it be better to get the AMD A8-5500 Trinity 3.2GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Quad-Core Desktop?
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January 6, 2013 4:38:20 PM

My signature wants you to take a look lol. I love my pentium. They should make a unlocked pentium xD with 4 cores. I just love the sticker on my case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $433.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 13:38 EST-0500)



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January 6, 2013 4:39:46 PM

lol the pentium + 7850 > a10-5800k. It doesn't even have l3 cache, its just an athlon.
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January 6, 2013 4:57:32 PM

Mine is a bit more than the above build but I included the newer G870, a full size motherboard, and a better case (don't like Zalman).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($81.09 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $532.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 13:56 EST-0500)
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January 6, 2013 5:05:42 PM

With the G860 you are getting 44 MHZ per dollar. And with the G870 you are getting 38 MHZ per dollar. It really doesn't matter lol. And its not really newer >.>, they are both sandy bridge.
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January 6, 2013 5:46:09 PM

blake1243 said:
With the G860 you are getting 44 MHZ per dollar. And with the G870 you are getting 38 MHZ per dollar. It really doesn't matter lol. And its not really newer >.>, they are both sandy bridge.


Yeah true - the G2120 is actually newer than both of them but that's $99 as opposed to $81 so that would put the build in the $550 range.
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January 6, 2013 6:17:55 PM

Yeah but in that case for $109 he could fit an i3 opposed to G2120 for $99.
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January 6, 2013 7:41:27 PM

Blake my rig is nearly identical. So.. good game play? No issues with any games?
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January 6, 2013 8:52:59 PM

blake1243 said:
Yeah but in that case for $109 he could fit an i3 opposed to G2120 for $99.


Yeah true can't argue with that one. For $109 I think I would actually lean more toward the FX-6300 but that's a bit more.

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Blake my rig is nearly identical. So.. good game play? No issues with any games?


7850 will run pretty much anything you can throw at it.
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January 6, 2013 9:53:38 PM

Lol eventually if we keep leaning towards a CPU $10 more were gonna end with a i7 3990x xD. But seriously if you can afford peasant for an i3 or the 6300. But if you wanna go with the pentium you really can't go wrong. Its essentially an i3 without hyperthreading. And yes i play most games on high at playable framerates. Sometimes i turn really demanding games down to medium.
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January 7, 2013 1:03:35 AM

Awesome. :]
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