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my son is in the navy and wants to build a pc for light gaming and surfing. he likes games like wow,shyrim and some other mmo's. i'm trying to figure out which would be the better buy........

i3 with a deicated video card(5770) or apu teamed with a 6670 ?

we're trying to keep a tight budget on this. some where around $350 for mobo and cpu. try to keep in mind we're not looking for monster graphics. he wont be going over 1080p. we're open to intel or amd. oh...we would like it to be matx. heres a list of parts i already have...

antec p180 mini
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i3 with 5770 has more balanced performance (and you do not need to tune your games like you need to with hybrid crossfire) than APU with 6670.

APU has weaker CPU power, and the difference will surface when you play MMO (especially in low resolution gaming).
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What trumpet said.
 
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$350 for the mobo and CPU? You can get a 2500k and an Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 for that. No reason to spend that much on the CPU/mobo while getting a 5770 though.
Or do you already have the 5770?
Edited by TheYonderGod - 4/15/12 at 10:32pm
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i3 with 5770 has more balanced performance (and you do not need to tune your games like you need to with hybrid crossfire) than APU with 6670.
APU has weaker CPU power, and the difference will surface when you play MMO (especially in low resolution gaming).

i have seen this on videos on apu's. seems like they change resolution for about every game. should i worry about the i3 only being a dual core cpu?
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i have seen this on videos on apu's. seems like they change resolution for about every game. should i worry about the i3 only being a dual core cpu?

i3's CPU power beats APU. Don't forget that i3 has HT, so it can run 4 threads at the same time. Handles multitasking well too. I am a user of i3-2100 and can vouch for its gaming performance.
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$350 for the mobo and CPU? You can get a 2500k and an Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 for that. No reason to spend that much on the CPU/mobo while getting a 5770 though.
Or do you already have the 5770?

yes, i already own the 5770. we're leaning toward matx because i already own the p180 mini also. this is the board we been leaning toward...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786
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yes, i already own the 5770. we're leaning toward matx because i already own the p180 mini also. this is the board we been leaning toward...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786

That works too, you could get a 2500k along with that for $350, if you want more room to upgrade your GPU later, or just get the i3 to save money.
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Originally Posted by toyz72 View Post

yes, i already own the 5770. we're leaning toward matx because i already own the p180 mini also. this is the board we been leaning toward...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786

You can go down to H61 if you want to keep the budget low.
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i3's CPU power beats APU. Don't forget that i3 has HT, so it can run 4 threads at the same time. Handles multitasking well too. I am a user of i3-2100 and can vouch for its gaming performance.

well it sounds like we will be going with the i3 then. probally going to go with the z68 mobo as well. i also have a 6870 sitting around to,lol. i'm just not sure i want to let it go yet.
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