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#1 boregard

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:33 PM

i am considering building a computer that i could upgrade later when i had more money available.what i need to know is,what would be a good intel cpu ( pre core i) and compatible mobo to use with light gaming & some photography. any help and advice will be appreciated, thanks

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:59 PM

The Core i CPU's have been out for a while, so, since you want pre-Core i, you would be in the Core 2 era. Specifically, it would put you in the socket LGA 775 category. These processors have reached their end-of-life and are becoming more difficult to find at retailers. You will probably want a quad core CPU, which means, for a quad core, you will be spending about $200 for an old processor with an obsolete architecture. There is no upgrade path out of LGA 775, you are essentially stuck there. I would go for AMD since you are not needing a high-end CPU for light gaming or photography. These are less expensive and should offer similar performance for less money. You could go for the new APU's from AMD which blend their Phenom II architecture with their Radeon graphics core. This will eliminate the need for an add-in graphics card unless you want power above the Radeon 6550. Or, you could go for their AM3 CPU's, like the AMD Phenom II X4 955 or the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T. For the AM3 CPU's, I suggest the ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970, which will take the upcoming AM3+ FX CPU's due out later this month. If you want to go the APU route, the ASUS F1A75-V PRO FM1 AMD A75 is good. As I mentioned, new CPU's are due out later this month, if you can wait, that would be best.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:21 PM

thanks for quick reply. your advice makes sense to me. i would probably be better off investing in at least a core i3. i have a acer laptop that has intel cpu so thats the only cpu i am sorta familiar with. but i wont rule out AMD and I'll look into the suggestions you made. much thanks for your help!

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:54 PM

You would want a quad core which means getting a i5.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:55 PM

To put the i3 into context, the i3 parts are dual core CPU's that are designed for machines that don't require much in terms of processing. The aging Phenom II X4 should outperform the i3. The newer Sandy Bridge i3's have graphics built into them, similar to AMD's APU's, however, AMD's APU processors have better graphics. This is largely the result of AMD buying graphics card maker ATI and using their resources to make the graphics portion of the APU better. Be advised, AMD will also be releasing new APU's Q1 of next year that incorporates the FX CPU with the Radeon 7000 line of graphics. This will be a major step up for their APU lineup, however, those newer APU's will not be backwards compatible with the older stuff using the FM1 socket, instead, they will use the FM2.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:00 PM

good suggestions....thanks guys!

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:42 PM

any pre-i processor i would not use for any photography
what programs will you be running maybe i can help

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 05:31 AM

And what is the problem with using the first generation i processor for photography?

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 03:33 PM

The first generation of "i" processors are getting rather old and are on a platform being phased out, it just doesn't make sense to go for those early processors.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

Just saying that they are still capable of being used for photography.

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