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two AMD builds: Which is better


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#1 jbarntt56

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Posted 02 May 2015 - 12:31 AM

My usage is ordinary: email, web, word processors, etc. Also do some gaming, but don't need top end for that.  I dual boot Windows and Linux. I'm thinking the FX-6300 build is worth the extra $25.00 USD.  Both proposed systems have parts in common, but differ in mobo, CPU an GPU. Pricing is from Amazon USA.

 

I'm inclined to go with the FX-6300 system, any advice or improvements welcome.

 

FYI - I want to keep the cost below $500.00

 

TIA,

 

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Common to both builds:

Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler $28.00
Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM(HX318C10FBK2/8)  $61.00
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal (ST1000DM003) $49.00
NZXT Source 210 Computer Case Black  $40.00
EVGA 430W 80PLUS Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply 100-W1-0430-KR  $37.00

Cost: $215.00


APU BUILD --

AMD A10-7850K APU - $150.00
Gigabyte AMD FM2+/FM2 A88X ATX Motherboard GA-F2A88X-D3H  $78.00

Cost: $228.00 + $215.00 = $443.00


CPU/GPU BUILD

AMD FX-6300 Six-Core 3.5GHz AM3+ Processor Six-Core $98.00
Gigabyte ATX Socket AM3+ AMD 970 Chipset GA-970A-D3P $75.00
Sapphire Radeon R7 250 2GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-D/VGA $80.00

Cost: $253.00 + $215.00 = $468.00
 



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Posted 04 May 2015 - 06:55 AM

If you have no need for the extra performance, the APU build should suffice.  If you think you may need the extra performance, the FX-6300 processor build would be better.  You mention you may be gaming, this would give greater weight to the FX build.


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Posted 16 May 2015 - 08:04 PM

Sorry for the really tardy reply.

 

For the time being, I think I'll stick with my AMD A4-3850 APU and 8 GB Ram pc.

 

The upcoming AMD Zen CPUs look interesting. If I get impatient, the FX-8320 + an R7  GPU looks good, as does the A10-7850K. I think either would fit my needs.

 

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:34 AM

The Zen CPU's should be out sometime next year, though actual availability, detailed architecture, and pricing are unknown.  You will also need to change your platform to AM4.


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 10:48 PM

Hi, and thanks for the repilies.

 

I try to avoid the "don't upgrade now, something better will be available in a while" thing. It's always the case, and at some point best to get what is available.  I think I will wait until this Autumn to decide.  Maybe AMD will have more info on the release schedule for Zen.

 

Meanwhile, I'm thinking of getting an eBox micro PC and installing KolibriOS.  For a C note, looks like fun.

 

Best regards and best wishes,

 

jbarntt56

 

Edited for a typo


Edited by jbarntt56, 18 May 2015 - 10:49 PM.





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