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(poll) pentium+gpu vs AMD APU hybrid graphics

Poll Results: pentium+gpu vs AMD APU hybrid(g630+AMD6850 vs A8-3870k+6670) for gaming?

 
  • 61% (8)
    pentium+dedicated gpu
  • 38% (5)
    AMD APU hybrid
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 9
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Let us say, you are tasked with building your dear nephew Jimmy a new gaming rig. Through tireless budgeting, you come to the conclussion Jimmy is either gonna get a sandy pentium with a dedicated graphics card or an AMD APU running crossfire with a 6670.

What do you buy Jimmy?

If you need examples lets say it came down to a g630+AMD 6850 vs A8-3870k+6670 though at such a low budget prices jump sporadically.
post #2 of 9
what kind of games is Jimmy going to be playing? i would go with the pentium and 6850.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

what kind of games is Jimmy going to be playing? i would go with the pentium and 6850.
thats a good question... maybe he does abit of everything?
post #4 of 9
In term of cpu power, the pentium will dominate in game because most game only use 2 cores max ( I said most) and in term of graphics, the 6850 will dominate the 6670 alone or in ''crossfire'' mode with the a8.

In terms of price the pentium is about 70$ and the 6850 about 150$

The a8 3870k is about 130$ and the 6670 is about 70$

The only difference in price will be the motherboard, because intel montherboard tends to cost a little more, maybe 20-30$ max

In the end I would choose the pentium with 6850, because more cpu powers, more gpu powers and you dont have hassle with the ''crossfire'' thing
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post #5 of 9
As with the other similar threads about Pentium G620 vs APU,

I suggest the pentium because it has a great upgrade path to a future i5 or i7 cpu.
The AMD Llano has no decent upgrade path.
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post #6 of 9
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In term of cpu power, the pentium will dominate in game because most game only use 2 cores max ( I said most) and in term of graphics, the 6850 will dominate the 6670 alone or in ''crossfire'' mode with the a8.
In terms of price the pentium is about 70$ and the 6850 about 150$
The a8 3870k is about 130$ and the 6670 is about 70$
The only difference in price will be the motherboard, because intel montherboard tends to cost a little more, maybe 20-30$ max
In the end I would choose the pentium with 6850, because more cpu powers, more gpu powers and you dont have hassle with the ''crossfire'' thing
that crossfire thing isnt a hastle. i've done it in just a few clicks. but other than that i couldnt agree with you more.
post #7 of 9
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that crossfire thing isnt a hastle. i've done it in just a few clicks. but other than that i couldnt agree with you more.
crossfire isnt a hassle, I agree, crossfire drivers... wink.gif
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

that crossfire thing isnt a hastle. i've done it in just a few clicks. but other than that i couldnt agree with you more.

I know it can be done in a few click, but in term of scaling, I always think that a single gpu is better than crossfire. I've test this on a mobile apu + discrete card of one of my friend laptop and sometimes, the crossfire was worse than just the discrete card alone. Well just my 2 cents thumb.gif And like edalbkrad, little Jimmy can upgrade to a better cpu of the sandy/ivy bridge family in the future
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post #9 of 9
been there. done it more than a couple of times. if you haven't tried using an APU based system then you're in for a surprise. if your building a pc for a nephew, cousin which doesn't require the same "needs" that you have then an APU system would be perfect. youd be surprised how well they perform and the kind of form factor you can put them into. when I build an APU system I always put them in the smallest and most elegant case I could find and everyone loves it.

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im assuimg he's gonna play in resolutions like 1280x800 or 1440x900 maybe even 1680x1050. if he goes above that then the APU alone wouldn't be able to handle it with decent performance
     
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