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AMD vs. Intel Budget PC Build

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February 24, 2013 12:09:02 AM

So I'm trying to decide between two budget gaming PCs:

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0 GHz
GPU: HIS 7770
MoBo: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX
RAM: Team Elite 8GB 1333
HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda
PSU: Cooler Master Elite 460W
Case: NZXT Source 210 White

All of this comes to about $406
Next up:

CPU(APU): AMD A10-5800k 3.8 GHz (OC'd to 4.5)
GPU: 7660D (Integrated into the APU)
MoBo: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB 1600
HDD: Seagate 500GB
PSU: Corsair CX500
Case: NZXT Source 210

This comes to about $399

The Intel build is more focused on graphics, while the AMD build is focused more on the processor. The 7660D in the A10-5800k doesn't look that great.
So my main questions are: Which build is better? Is the Pentium G860 a solid CPU (it's dual core, while the 5800k is quad core)?
Any feedback would be much appreciated, and feel free to add or change anything that you think would enhance the overall build. Remember to keep it in the $400-$450 range.
Thanks again.

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February 24, 2013 12:24:13 AM

If you have a 400 dollar build, i personally would go with the intel build. Discrete graphics is always better. Also, its more upgradable, with the 1155 socket. you can add a better processer/gpu if you ever want to, where as the apu build you are somewhat limited.

You also might want to look into a 80 plus power supply, some cooler masters i have read reviews about ar enot the greatest quality and do not put out the Watts advertised.
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February 24, 2013 12:27:18 AM

I was thinking the same thing. I wasn't hearing great things about the 7660D, and the upgradeability would be really nice.
How is the CX430? Or should I go with the CX500?
Thanks for the reply.
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