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Choosing between two bare bones...which one is a better value?

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April 18, 2013 3:19:05 PM

I have two bare bone systems in mind:

1) MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) AMD Series Motherboard
AMD FX-6100 (6 core processor)
4 GB ram
Computer case with 450 Watt power supply
Optical Drive
This one is going for $209.99 after rebate. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7973595&CatId=332

2) Biostar H61MHV Intel H61 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-3220 (2 core processor)
4 GB ram
Computer case with 500 Watt power supply
1 TB Toshiba HDD (7200 rpm)
This one is going for $319.99 after rebate. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7977283&CatId=333

My question is which package is better? Seeing as there is a difference of $110, will that justify going for the Fx-6100 over the i3-3220?

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a b À AMD
a b å Intel
April 18, 2013 4:14:56 PM

vote #2
already has 1TB hdd and ivy bridge i3
amd build is old fx, unless it is fx 6300 it wont get my like
a c 112 À AMD
a b å Intel
April 18, 2013 4:30:34 PM

vote #2 as well. Its fine if you do not plan to add a GPU. A PSU that comes with a case is VERY low quality and should be replaced immediately if you are going to use a GPU which will actually use some power.
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a b å Intel
April 18, 2013 5:07:05 PM

In all honesty, neither. Both of those builds include crap power supplies and only one stick of RAM when you need two for a dual channel rig. If I had to choose - #2 but really I wouldn't go with either.
April 18, 2013 5:21:25 PM

The FX 6100 Advantages

The FX-6100 performs 19% faster in multi-threaded tasks. In some applications, it is up to 47% faster.
The processor is unlocked. To get more performance from the microprocessor, it can be effortlessly overclocked.
The official price of the FX-6100 CPU is much lower than the price of the i3-2120 processor.

Intel Core i3-3220 advantages



In single-threaded applications, this CPU has 68% better performance.
The CPU is 11% faster when running memory-intensive tasks.
Graphics performance of the microprocessor is higher.
Power consumption of the processor is lower.
The CPU has 7% better price/performance ratio than the FX-6100 microprocessor

General benchmarks for both, from what I can gather.
April 18, 2013 6:41:20 PM

Neither unless you are only intending on using Office applications or simple internet browsing.
Great for Vista or XP but not so good for Windows 7 nor Windows 8.
Neither are good enough for PC gaming, unless you intend on playing those PC games from 2003.
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