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The pc will be hooked up full time in the living room to my 720p hdtv, I don't have cable so its always used for streaming netflix, hulu, and pc gaming. I can get these at these prices.

X2 560 be with free mobo for $87
X4 960 be with free mobo for $117
I have a local microcenter that's why I mentioned the free mobo.

The games I'll play mainly will be mw3, fallout 3 new Vegas, and whatever good cheap ones I can find during steam sales. I could use the $30 saved on the CPU towards a ssd but if its not worth it let me know please. Thanx
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if it'd be for movies only i'd say the 560 out of those two, but since it's for gaming too I think you should get the 960.
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The pc will be hooked up full time in the living room to my 720p hdtv, I don't have cable so its always used for streaming netflix, hulu, and pc gaming. I can get these at these prices.

X2 560 be with free mobo for $87
X4 960 be with free mobo for $117
I have a local microcenter that's why I mentioned the free mobo.

The games I'll play mainly will be mw3, fallout 3 new Vegas, and whatever good cheap ones I can find during steam sales. I could use the $30 saved on the CPU towards a ssd but if its not worth it let me know please. Thanx
i'd say llano.

would cost $200 including the board, but you'd get decent cpu, and gpu for that price.

if you get any of the others, you'll need a discrete gpu.

with llano you can shove in at most a 6670 and get very good game performance.

i gotta say im impressed with the videos of a8-3850 benchmarks with eyefinity i saw on youtube.
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But with llano I'd have to run hybrid crossfire, and just the board and chip costs $83 more
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post #5 of 11
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But with llano I'd have to run hybrid crossfire, and just the board and chip costs $83 more
llano benchmarks without hybrid are sufficient in high-mid end gaming itself

actually i dont think you would have any problems with that.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...ormance/5.html

these are non crossfire benchmarks. also, benchmarks with discrete gpu (without the core gpu being active) are also added.

it looks good.
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For MW3 play, you'd be significantly better off with the quad core 960. If it's only media then the dual is plenty, but if you game at all, go quad.
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I just don't see how llano is capable of making me happy.
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I just don't see how llano is capable of making me happy.
it is capable of doing 19.5 fps in crysis with 2x antialiasing, using only on-cpu gpu unit.

when you hybrid crossfire it it does much more.

even if you use it as a standalone cpu and use it with a standalone gpu, it still does quite well.

its a 4 core phenom ii grade cpu after all.
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If I'm gonna just use a video card anyway may aswell pay $117 for a 960 x4 be chip and mobo from microcenter
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post #10 of 11
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If I'm gonna just use a video card anyway may aswell pay $117 for a 960 x4 be chip and mobo from microcenter
you dont need to use a video card. you can use the on-chip card, and you would be as well off if you had a 960 x4 and a discrete card.

i have 965 be x4, and 2 5670s in crossfire. and a a6 with its on-die gpu seems to perform better than my rig.

with 960 be x4, you will have only 1 graphics card, and it will be the one you bought. with llano, you can have already 1 66xx-65xx equivalent gpu on-die, and put another next to it. you'd have 2 gpus for the price of one in this case.
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