absurdity wrote:You say non-techie, but what's your neighbor expecting to do with the system?
vargis14 wrote:I would go with intel all the way. You can get a 22nm pentium 2130 at newegg for 99.99 and is a snappy CPU, Also by going 1155 you have the option of upgrading the cpu down the line.
If your friend needs more graphics power and you are not using a discrete GPU "note a discrete gpu can be added to the intel setup" possibly a fm2 AMD apu might be in order. But i just do not see it lasting 4 years and i am not sure what sorta upgrade path you might use a couple years down the line that won't be cpu limited with the AMD setup.
DPete27 wrote:If you were trying to build a budget gaming machine with a discrete graphics card, the Intel Sandy/Ivy Pentiums are the way to go. However, you say office/productivity use, low-end games, and long life-expectancy. For this you should be thinking more cores + decent integrated graphics = AMD A8-5500 or above. (you can stilll add a discrete GPU to an APU later on if need be) I doubt your neighbor is going to be interested or know how to overclock the CPU so the "K" suffix is a moot point.
[Edit:] Keep in mind AMD Richland APUs may be out as early as the middle of March but no later than June.
A few things:vargis14 wrote:I too am now leaning towards and cheap fm1 AMD apu build, but as JAE and auxy have stated a trinity a10-5800k with some 1866 or higher memory would be spunkier then the A8 cpu. I think the 5800k is worth the 20-30$ price over the older a-8.
DPete27 wrote:Well, the only CPU listed in your original list that includes an IGP is the A10. The FX CPUs would need a mobo with an onboard video chipset which will be anemic at best in comparison.