I just did the math, and I figured out that a Pentium G3220 with a Geforce 750 GTX costs only about $10 than the APU I was looking at before, while offering superior single-threaded performance, more graphical horsepower, and theoretically better Linux support, all while being fairly power and heat efficient.
Compared to the Radeon HD 7770 in terms of specs, the GTX 750 is pretty much neck-and-neck, with some areas it scores better in, and others it scores worse in. Overall however, the GTX 750 seems to have better performance in benchmarks, and it's more power-efficient, which is a crucial thing to consider for a small formfactor build. http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7770-vs-GeForce-GTX-750 http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid= … apphire-edition http://www.hwcompare.com/17125/geforce-gtx-75 … radeon-hd-7770/
I *could* save $10 and grab the one model of the 7770 available on NewEgg that's cheaper than the GTX 750, but then I'd have to look into a beefier power supply than the 380w Antec Earthwatts I was looking at, and I would have to deal with a hotter-running, less-efficient card overall.
Heh, so much for years of being a Radeon fanboy. 🤣 I'm starting to sound like a shill for Nvidia.