This machine is for the avid gamer on a budget. It has the horsepower to play most titles well without breaking the bank.
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.
So what can it run?
hows the pentium?
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.
looks nice compare to the price
sorry to bring an old post alive but how is the pentium?
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.
Quite welcome, I've tested most processors so feel free to ask anytime.
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.
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!
shoulda went with an amd athlon ii x3, more cores, cheaper,higher clock speeds, and better in general, but other than that good build
The Sandy Bridge arch kills that AMD CPU. He got a good processor on that budget.
yeah but the cheapest sandy bridge is $200 (i dont count the i3 its a piece of ****) and i was saying that one was cheaper and better for a budget build,
Pentium and Celeron are also both Sandy Bridge. How are they bad? They're all Sandy Bridge CPUs, and we're talking about architecture.
well in that case no they dont, maybe some of the higher end pentiums but thats it
Actually, benchmarks show that these processors all outperform pretty much AMDs entire lineup in games.
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.