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Sup all. Well, my budget for a friends build has increased to 500$ for the tower. So...I can either go with the A6 3650 or the I3 2100.
I know that the sandy bridge is superior as far as CPU power, but, should I go with a more balanced approach with the Llano.

This rig will be general web use, skype video chatting, flash games, Netflix streaming, and the like. Sooooooooooo? Thoughts??
Also, they'll most likely have a 23'' 1080p monitor to play all of this on.
post #2 of 37
Either is fine for the purposes you have listed, if there's a chance he will do some light PC gaming then I would probably go with the A6 3650. If there is absolutely no chance of that, then the i3-2100 will faster for his everyday tasks.
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The A6 is true quad, BTW, the i3 is double-core with HTT.
With the A6 you save money for mid-range GPU, in case you decide to play a game or two smile.gif
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post #4 of 37
Either is fine, however for Netflix a would want the a6 my 4250igpu dosent play smooth at all and its just a step below the 2100s intel hd 2000, where as the radeon hd 6530 is a step above. I would try to find a deal on an a8 thou.
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Either is fine, however for Netflix a would want the a6 my 4250igpu dosent play smooth at all and its just a step below the 2100s intel hd 2000, where as the radeon hd 6530 is a step above. I would try to find a deal on an a8 thou.

That is good to know. She told me she is going completely cancel out her cable, and just watch movies via Netflix.
post #6 of 37
I dont watch much tv either, uselly watch netflix and downloaded moives on my tablet or pc. If you can get an a6 3670k for $110-$120 i would say thats your best bet. Ive also seen the a8-3850 go for $125 oem, so if you have a heatsink thats an option too. Another thing to look at is the intel i3-2105 witch had intel hd 3000 vs 2000. The radeon 6530 and 6550 are still better but the intel hd3000 should be good enough. However, my votes still a6-3670k
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The faster CPU of the i3 2100 makes no difference for these everyday tasks that are not CPU intensive at all - i.e. not requiring any significant level of clock speed.  In which case, the A6 would be significantly better than the i3, providing 4 true cores and the ability to truly run more programs at once while each those programs do not have high CPU expectations at all.

 

Throw a CPU-intensive load on it, then it will make a difference.  Meanwhile, the majority of apps - including web browsers, office programs, webcam chat clients, and the like - are moving to GPU acceleration.  Go with the platform that gives you the best support.  The APU platform would be excellent for price.  Although I should probably note that with a $500 budget, you could configure a full A8 38XX + HD 6670 Hybrid CrossfireX easily within this budget.  An A6 based build for $500 is underwhelming; $350 can fit an A6 build.


Netflix streaming media as with YouTube and other 1080p content from the internet should have absolutely no problem on 785G/880G.  Check your codec packs and make sure ones are installed to enable GPU acceleration.  My main HTPC is a 785G chipset (with 750Mhz overclock) and a single core 1.6Ghz low power AMD CPU; plays anything and everything perfectly fine up to 1080p.


Edited by xd_1771 - 3/20/12 at 2:33am
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^agree A6 would be a better buy due to it's better GPU and good enough CPU
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Thanks guys. That is route in which I'm going to go. She is wanting a cool looking case with it as well(if possible) with some orange or violet LED lighting, but that isn't a huge priority.
Edited by matt1898 - 3/20/12 at 10:05am
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The faster CPU of the i3 2100 makes no difference for these everyday tasks that are not CPU intensive at all - i.e. not requiring any significant level of clock speed.  In which case, the A6 would be significantly better than the i3, providing 4 true cores and the ability to truly run more programs at once while each those programs do not have high CPU expectations at all.

Throw a CPU-intensive load on it, then it will make a difference.  Meanwhile, the majority of apps - including web browsers, office programs, webcam chat clients, and the like - are moving to GPU acceleration.  Go with the platform that gives you the best support.  The APU platform would be excellent for price.  Although I should probably note that with a $500 budget, you could configure a full A8 38XX + HD 6670 Hybrid CrossfireX easily within this budget.  An A6 based build for $500 is underwhelming; $350 can fit an A6 build.


Netflix streaming media as with YouTube and other 1080p content from the internet should have absolutely no problem on 785G/880G.  Check your codec packs and make sure ones are installed to enable GPU acceleration.  My main HTPC is a 785G chipset (with 750Mhz overclock) and a single core 1.6Ghz low power AMD CPU; plays anything and everything perfectly fine up to 1080p.

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