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February 8, 2013 1:26:31 AM

I'm building a new PC for my dad because the processor in his Inspiron 560 is horrible. (630 Passmark score)

So, I bought a decent case, 430W PSU, and am going to give him my extra 128 GB SSD. But I still can't decide on the right CPU and Motherboard.

The PC will be used mainly for web surfing, watching HD videos from HDD, and some light gaming. I want everything to be lightning fast for him, and I want it to be somewhat future proof (will pay extra for unlocked K CPU for future OCing).

I do NOT plan on buying a discrete GPU right away, but may in the future. So, I definitely want to take integrated graphics performance into my valuation of these CPUs. Also, I will require a motherboard with HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports, an optical audio out, and at least 1 SATA III 6Gb/s port for a SSD.
Maybe I will get a less fully-featured Mobo and get a video card with all the ports I need.

The low end of CPUs that I'm looking at is the A8-3870K for $90

Here are some others that I'm looking at:

- Phenom II 1045T for $90 looks like the best bang for my buck processor-wise

- 5800K for $100

- FX 4130 for $95

- FX 4170 for $120

- FX 6100 for $105

- i3 2120 for $115

- i3 3220 for $120

- i3 3210 for $130. This one has Hyper-Threading, and is Ivy bridge so I imagine it has HD4000 graphics???

- FX 8120 for $150

- FX 8320 for $150

- or the mighty 3570K for $200

There are a lot of options, and I'm new to this (built my first pc last october) so, I would greatly appreciate help comparing these processors to find the best value.

Parts for Dad's build so far:

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition (
PSU: 430W Corsair CX430 PSU (
Boot Drive: 128 GB Plextor M5S SSD
OS: Windows 8 Pro
CPU: ?
Motherboard: ?

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February 8, 2013 1:37:22 AM

Just buy this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $168.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 22:37 EST-0500)

It will be lightning fast for what he does. :) 
February 8, 2013 2:06:26 AM

That is definitely a solid value, but I think I want a more powerful processor. I kinda want to splurge here.

I like the idea of getting a motherboard with fewer features to save some money for a video card that has all of those connections I want. However, I forgot to mention that I need at least 1 (hopefully 2) SATAIII ports for a SSD and HDD. From what I can tell, that mobo doesn't have them.
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February 8, 2013 2:54:12 AM

Hi it has 4. I don't think there are motherboards that don't have SATA3 ports :) 
February 8, 2013 3:13:31 AM

Oh. If you look at the reviews. You really won't notice any real world difference when putting the SSD on a 3Gb/s :) .