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#31 Vice

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:18

With Ivy Bridge launching in like a week these AMD to 2500K comparisons are kind of pointless. Anyone thinking about buying a system right now would be waiting to see what happens with Ivy Bridge as Intel will be unleashing a full compliment of i7 and i5 processors in all price ranges.

And even if someone wasn't interested in the new Ivy Bridge chips the older Sandy Bridge processors will still hold their own and be significantly discounted.


#32 OP Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:55

SiteLab, you are partly right about APUs, but not, at all, about the Phenoms and Bulldozers.
Here is a read you might find interesting.
Of course, its concentration is mainly on gaming, but also, in other benchmarks, Bulldozer can't compete with i5, in some even i3, obviously not in multi-threaded apps.

Vice, I agree, about the IvyBridge part.
Thing is, that there are people who can't wait for the next gen tech. I personally have built 2 PCs in the span of last 2 weeks.
I will update the processors lines, when IVyBridge is available in masses

#33 metro2012

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:57

Thanks for this thread :)

#34 mokthraka

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 22:26

anyone have recommendations for a new gaming pc that can run ARMA II smoothly?

#35 Blaine

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 22:55

Hey guys, is the AMD 6870 still the best card for under $200 USD?

Or would the Nvidia GTX 560


or something not on the list?

I'm trying to help a friend pick the best card for under 200.00, and since I've completely switched to a mac, I've lost touch with the PC hardware scene. :s

#36 Blaine

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 20:15

Anyone? :(

#37 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 20:32

The 560 Ti is better than both of those for under $200. You can also find the AMD 7850 or 6950 for at or slightly under $200.
I usually prefer Nvidia, but I believe both of those AMD cards will outperform the 560 Ti.

#38 Blaine

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 21:11

Thanks for the reply! :)

#39 Blaine

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:30

Does this thread need to be updated? We're in the third quarter of 2012. :/

#40 metro2012

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:42

no case and/or cooler recommendations? i know this is aimed to buy a barebone PC but....

#41 OP Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 18:27

Does this thread need to be updated? We're in the third quarter of 2012. :/


Yes it does.
We are on it

#42 OP Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 20:00

Updated

All the prices are from Amazon.

Links were lost in the process of posting, so we'll have a look into it

#43 Kami-

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:44

Half of the system specs above are missing hard-drives, other half have hard-drives listed & priced.
No consideration for optical drives.
Also, I don't (personally) agree with a number of your proposed specifications; I can either build better for less on the budgets or better for similar on the higher end specs (assuming USA only websites).

Wasted my time opening this thread, let alone reading it - very disappointed.

#44 Mindovermaster

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 14:07

=
Wasted my time opening this thread, let alone reading it - very disappointed.


Then, uh, don't? This thread is much outdated, if you look at the dates.

#45 Ulpian

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:08

Hmm, how about switch from G860 to G2020?