As we mentioned above, one of the main reasons for choosing an AMD CPU at this point is the wonderful 780G chipset. It's efficient, it's cheap, and it offers the best integrated graphics we've seen to date - with the option of outputting to four separate displays when used in conjunction with a discrete graphics card.
Of course, since we're going against some tough contenders in the mid-range and high-end PCs we will certainly be pairing the low-cost platform with a discrete graphics card. Just don't forget that the 780G/Radeon 3200 is powerful enough on it's own to playback 1080p video files as well as serve as a baseline gaming platform.
Since we've chosen the 780G chipset, it's hard to ignore Gigabyte's entry into the field. The GA-MA78GM-S2H is a fully featured motherboard with Gigabit LAN, integrated HD audio, DVI and HDMI video outs, firewire and eSATA inputs. With all of these features at the $100 price point, the GA-MA78GM-S2H is a great choice for a low-cost build.
- CPU: AMD Socket Phenom Quad Core CPU
- Motherboard: Giga-byte GA-MA78GM-S2H Motherboard
- Memory, Hard Drive, And Case
- Power Supply, Optical Drive, And Video Card!
- Test System & Benchmarks
- Synthetic Benchmarks
- Application Benchmarks - Media Encoding
- Application Benchmarks - 2d And 3d Rendering
- Application Benchmarks - Productivity
- Game Benchmarks - First Person Shooters
- Game Benchmarks - First Person Shooters, Continued
- Game Benchmarks - Real-Time Strategy