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CPU AMD A6: 5400K or 6400K?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wolfticket, 28 Jul 2013.

  1. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    I'm looking at a budget upgrade for an old system for a bit of light/retro gaming and an AMD APU seems quite well suited. Basically I'm wondering if it is worth the extra money for the A6 6400K over the 5400K?

    I notice the 6400K seems to come with SimCity free? Is it easy enough to sell this on in the market place? If so I suppose that could more or less cover the difference in price.

    Also, I was wondering about RAM. I read that AMD APUs perform better with faster RAM, but for a budget system do you think it is worth spending an extra £10 (£45) on a 2000mhz kit over cheaper 1600mhz stuff?
     
  2. teppic

    teppic New Member

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    You'll get ~£15 for Sim City on here.

    If you want it for light gaming I'd get the A8 5600K, due to it being quad core and having a better GPU than the A6.

    You'll get up to 20% boosts with 2400MHz RAM over 1600MHz, but we're not talking Crysis 3 at 60fps :) The boards don't support 2000MHz, so I'd go for 2133MHz if it's not much extra.
     
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    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    Cool. Ta very much.

    I must check remember to check ram compatibility :blush: It does seem like 1866 is the way to go. Not much of a premium really. Anything 2000+ looks expensive.

    Same with the A8 if I can offload the SimCity code that comes with it. Aiming for under £150 really. How does this look:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/398815-amd-a8...-socket-fm2-4mb-l2-cache-retail-ad560kwohjbox
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-KH...ef=pd_sim_sbs_computers_3/277-4340154-8308958
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-...gb-s-raid-pcie-20-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-matx
     
  5. mucgoo

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    Your'll probably want 8GB of RAM. 1GB is given over to video memory only leaving you with 3GB.
     
  6. teppic

    teppic New Member

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    The APUs don't officially support over 1866MHz (except for the 6800K) but they'll go to 2400MHz in reality - plenty of benchmarks in reviews :)

    But yeah, 1866MHz is a bonus over 1600MHz and is often the same price.

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-328-AM - bit cheaper there if you have free delivery with them.
     
  7. noizdaemon666

    noizdaemon666 I'm Od, Therefore I Pwn

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    They tend to default to 512MB for VRAM. However this is usually changeable in BIOS. But to be honest whether it has 512MB or 2GB available, you'll hit other issues before VRAM is your main issue.
     

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