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I3-2100 vs FX-4100 vs A8-3870K budget office build?

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Hey So I'm building a budget office PC for my parents, with a budget of around $400 AUD/USD, and I'm wondering which of the following will be the best value. The machine will be mainly used for business applications, web-surfing, watching films, NO gaming at all. I will be using integrated graphics where possible, but a decently performing machine is still desirable. Overclocking is an option, providing it will be stable. I am not worried about future-proofing/upgradeability at this stage.
The choices are:

Intel Core i3-2100 integrated HD 2000 graphics (they dont stock 2105 here in aus) $120 + ASRock Z68 Pro3-M $110

AMD x4 A8-3870K integrated HD6550 graphics $145 + ASRock A75 Pro4 $95 + $? on cooling if overclocked?

AMD FX-4100 $123 + HD 6450 $33 + ASRock 970 Extreme 3 $99 + $? on cooling if overclocked?

Phenom IIs are out of stock already.
Also I may consider the i5 2320 $190 with the same Z68 mobo if it is really worth the extra $. It's not that I must get an ASRock, its just they seem to have the best value here.

Please comment on which of the above you think is the best option. Any constructive advice/feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
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Business applications are quickly moving towards GPU-accelerated computing, with the trend having been started by Microsoft Office.  My vote goes to an AMD A8 or other APU.  You could get away on an A6 APU (i.e. 3650) for the tasks you need.  Save your cash.

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I take it you will be multitasking a lot right? I vote for A8-3870K. Given you are on budget, A8-3870K is the top contender. Now if you are willingly to spend extra money i5-2320 will blow A8-3870K away. Now if your business application does use GPU acceleration a lot (and it is demanding), then you might want to add a dGPU to it.

Forget about FX-41xx, BD is only worth it if you get FX-81xx.
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Thanks for your advice. Although the benchmarks for the A8-3870K are higher than those of others, the performance in reviews show that in most applications, the i3-2100 has a higher performance than that of the APU. Would this be reversed if the A8 is overclocked, providing the i3 cant be?
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Thanks for your advice. Although the benchmarks for the A8-3870K are higher than those of others, the performance in reviews show that in most applications, the i3-2100 has a higher performance than that of the APU. Would this be reversed if the A8 is overclocked, providing the i3 cant be?

An OC'd A8 with iGPU will be on par, not surpassing i3. If CPU performance is a concern get i3.
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post #6 of 16
i would vote for the A8 cause if im doing a desk job and i get bored from finishing paper work i can pop a game on till i get more work biggrin.gifredface.gif good way to get fired tho but would be so worth it tho to me xD.

a A8 outpacing a I3 is unlikely but overclocking can bring it close to it but not by much
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/399?vs=289

Take a look at the office productivity and financial analysis benches, i3 takes the cake.


With my work PC I crunch data and numbers with Access and Excel, creating complex queries with over 100K lines and exporting that to Excel gets pretty taxing on any system.

CPUs are definitely the most important factor.
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for an office computer..i'd go i3 2100 ..with the cheapest z68 board i could find
(or p67)
like this:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=P8P67LE-BO-R&cat=MBB
 
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post #9 of 16
Let's make this simple.

If you are going to use multiple programs (like running 4 programs at the same time), A8-3870K.
If you are going to use one or two programs at a time, then i3.
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post #10 of 16
My vote goes towards the A8. It will do whatever you need it to. thumb.gif
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