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Hi OCN, i'm building a budget rig for a friend, and I have always been an intel guy,( running a 2600k at 5.0ghz) but due to the low budget i'm working with, it seems i may go AMD on this build to keep cost down.

originally, I was thinking of using an intel i3 at best, but some of the AMD procs seem really cheap.

not looking for gaming or anything crazy, this is for a general family computer.

Now I know abosoultely nothing about the current AMD line up

if someone could be kind and state what procs are out, the name, and general info, that would be a great help, also, say a budget of $100 on a
processor, whats AMD have to offer, and how would it compare to an i3? i've used an i3 on a different built, and it really is quite good, even the $50 celeron g530's are IMO good enough for a non-gaming family computer. ( which this build will be )

( please keep things civil, no fanboyism )
post #2 of 15
for around 100 for a proccess you can get a APU which is CPU and GPU in one which can exclude a need for a video card smile.gif


AMD A6-3670K: $ 89.99

AMD A8-3870K: $109.99

Newegg listing

they're both quad cores gives good multitask ability when needed smile.gif. would need a FM1 Socket Motherboard for but there's many to choose from smile.gif
Edited by JunkoXan - 9/12/12 at 2:52pm
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Exactly how much budget, and what parts do you need (tower, monitor, peripherals)?
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Since it is a computer for general use, an i3 is even overkill. Just get a cheap, decent CPU. The Celeron G530 seems more than capable of handling everyday browsing and anything along that line.

If you want to go AMD for the sake of going AMD, or will also need a GPU, you can pick up some cheap APUs under a $100, and maybe a few Athlon II X4s and Phenom II X2/X3s as far as I know.
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I agree the AMD A line of is the right chip for this build. How soon are you looking to build?
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With a $100 dollar budget Id suggest the AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition Quad Core. This cpu has great reviews its overclockable with a unlocked multiplier and can reach 4.2 ghz if done correctly.

This CPU will also give good headroom to upgrade later since its an AM3 chip the motherboards atm are supporting AM3 and AM3+. So at a later day you can toss the chip keep the same mobo and ram and get a 8 core at a later time. Saves money in the long run.
Edited by CyberDemonz101 - 9/12/12 at 2:56pm
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With a $100 dollar budget Id suggest the AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition Quad Core. This cpu has great reviews its overclockable with a unlocked multiplier and can reach 4.2 ghz if done correctly.
This CPU will also give good headroom to upgrade later since its an AM3 chip the motherboards atm are supporting AM3 and AM3+. So at a later day you can toss the chip keep the same mobo and ram and get a 8 core at a later time. Saves money in the long run.

Lol this is for a "daily driver" build, I don't think he needs to worry about the overclockability of the unlocked multi.
     
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Probably looking at $4-500 for the tower, ( i've done several builds so i can take care of the rest )
no need for overclocking, and would like a current CPU.

the cheap $50 intel g530's are nice, I have one in my HTPC, and the only problems i run into it are trying to game on some gamecube emulators, but other than that, its great.

the person the build is for currently has an old macbook, and usually spends most of her time on netflix, facebook, and some spreadsheet stuff for her work from home job. and does some very light gaming if any at all. but her computer is going to go out at any day, and she does not have much money to spend in a computer, so i'm basically looking at
-cheap intel custom
-cheap amd custom (seem to be cheaper than intel for the most part )
-or some pre-built systems, some are better bang for the buck than a custom at the price i'm working with. (but trying to avoid that since a flood of new machines will be coming out once windows 8 is on the market )

She does have a photography hobby, and has talked of learning some basic PhotoShop, so thats where the celeron g530 may not be enough.
Edited by Jixr - 9/12/12 at 3:04pm
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She does have a photography hobby, and has talked of learning some basic PhotoShop, so thats where the celeron g530 may not be enough.

Still nice to have some PEP behind that peddle. Its like getting a 350 big block in a smart car! I see it as a great chip even if its not OCed. Even family pcs tend to get pushed a tad. This will give the leeway of ensuring that it will take it and like it.
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Probably looking at $4-500 for the tower, ( i've done several builds so i can take care of the rest )
no need for overclocking, and would like a current CPU.
the cheap $50 intel g530's are nice, I have one in my HTPC, and the only problems i run into it are trying to game on some gamecube emulators, but other than that, its great.
the person the build is for currently has an old macbook, and usually spends most of her time on netflix, facebook, and some spreadsheet stuff for her work from home job. and does some very light gaming if any at all.
She does have a photography hobby, and has talked of learning some basic PhotoShop, so thats where the celeron g530 may not be enough.

Yikes. For $500 you could get a nice laptop and they will like it better.
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