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Value Gaming Build
by CCASystems
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This machine is for the avid gamer on a budget. It has the horsepower to play most titles well without breaking the bank.

Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
XFX Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate840MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP2731
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CCASystems [Submitter] [33 Builds] 8 points 28 months ago

Regarding the processor - from Tom's Hardware (my personal experience agrees)

"Intel's $70 Pentium G630 beat the FX-4100, -6100, and -8120 in our recent sub-$200 CPU gaming comparison. In fact, it finished right on par with the Phenom II X4 955. Intel displaces AMD at the bottom rung of our recommendation list yet again this month. There's not much else to add, except that if you consider the Phenom II X4 to be a capable gaming CPU, Intel's Pentium G630 is just as viable."

The fact that it is dual core doesn't hurt for gaming at this price point, as most games don't take advantage of multiple cores, with a few exceptions like World of Warcraft.

And that's the lowly G630, a much more capable processor was used in this build.

Re: The graphics card - when it was purchased, the 6790 was a good bit cheaper than the 6850 and had a price/performance advantage. If I were to purchase a card today I would definitely use a 6850.

Re: The Power Supply - I picked up 3 of these on a Newegg shell shocker deal for $30 each, making it a good value here.

By the by, testing has shown the i3-2100 to be a more capable gaming processor than anything in AMD's lineup by multiple hardware review sites, so saying it's a piece of junk is a tad jaded at best.

wisspy 5 points 28 months ago

So what can it run?

Mincading [12 Builds] 3 points 28 months ago

hows the pentium?

dragon1598 2 points 28 months ago

Here my thoughts: You would have done better with a 6850 as it's cheaper and has better performance. The PSU is a bit overkill and you could have gone a bit cheaper with the Corsair CX430 V2 or Antec VP-450.

salelo1977 2 points 28 months ago

looks nice compare to the price

whatthepatty 2 points 26 months ago

sorry to bring an old post alive but how is the pentium?

CCASystems [Submitter] [33 Builds] 1 point 26 months ago

I find it to be an extremely strong processor for the price. A little less so for heavy multitasking since it is a dual core, but the high clock speed (for the money) makes it a solid value for everyday computing and gaming.

whatthepatty 1 point 26 months ago


CCASystems [Submitter] [33 Builds] 1 point 25 months ago

Quite welcome, I've tested most processors so feel free to ask anytime.

TheShag 1 point 28 months ago

Is 400W enough to power all of that? Power is one of the things that I don't know much about. For the rig I'm building, a buddy of mine talked me down from a 1000W to a 750W.

senstalex [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

This rig could run on a 300watt psu with no issues. Most people overestimate the power usage of cpus. Im running a low end budget comp right now with a 255psu. e7500 2.93 core 2 duo, 4ghz ram, 250gig 7200rpm hd, gt630 and a 120mm fan with no issues. :) cheers!

rodriguezjo -2 points 28 months ago

Dual Core?

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TestBuilds 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah, it's basically a phenom x4 with a disabled core, so you can get it cheap and unlock the core on your own. AMD is good at budget builds, but not in higher quality ones.