Used Pc With Intel Core I5 Or New With Amd Athlon X4?

Discussion in 'New Build / Upgrade Advice' started by Lamo, May 6, 2017.

  1. Lamo

    Lamo Geek Trainee

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    I want to buy new computer, but I have low budget. I have to consider about used computer HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF with Intel Core i5 3470 or assemble my own with AMD Athlon x4. Which processor is better?
    And if I want to use Radeon RX 460, which processor will be better to work with?
    Also, I have read about locked BIOSes in HP computers that not allow to add new hardware. Will new graphics be usable in it? Has the motherboard some unlocked BIOSes that allow new hardware?
     
  2. Big B

    Big B HWF Godfather

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    Pre-built systems from major manufacturers like HP have a BIOS with limited user options. Overclocking is pretty much out as far as options go. As long as the BIOS has the microcode for a CPU (assuming the same socket and other system requirements) it will work. New parts, again assuming the system as a whole isn't a limitation, should be fine. Depending on the video card, a new power supply may be warranted.
     
  3. robertdane101

    robertdane101 Geek Trainee

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    Radeon RX 460 will pair better with Core i5. But the GPU is for non tripple A titles (low gaming needs).
    As for pre-built or not, you cannot overclock 3470 because it is not 'K'. AMD Athlon x4 can be overclocked though. But as you mobo cannot be overclock HP Compaq Elite 8300 you should go with Core i5.
     

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