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Alright, so i have built my main gaming rig, 7970's crossfired, i5 3570k, ssd , 16gig ram etc etc, but i have no idea on what to do with a budget AMD rig. Main use would be for movies and some light gaming. I would still like to be able to play bf3 at say 40 fps on medium settings. I have no idea which AMD board to get, or which cpu crossfires with which amd gpu. Or if the onboard graphics would be enough to achieve this. Maximum gpu i would want to get is the 7770 to crossfire with onboard. Budget i would like to be under $500. I am not against using a intel i3 or something but my understanding is AMD on board graphics are better and can be crossfired with a lower card for better performance.
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  1. You can't crossfire a CPU and GPU...?
  2. with AMD i believe you can.
  3. dannyboy2233 said:
    You can't crossfire a CPU and GPU...?


    Yes but you can crossfire ( or "dual-graphic" ) an APU and a low-end GPU ( HD6450,6570 and 6670 ). Although the performance increase is not that great and dual graphic driver is known to cause troubles.

    Anyway this is the build I'd come out with, ensure 40+ fps on BF3 medium, plus good sound quality and low power consumption :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($73.19 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $372.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 01:20 EDT-0400)

    Didn't pick an OS in case you already have it.
  4. Madn3ss795 said:
    dannyboy2233 said:
    You can't crossfire a CPU and GPU...?


    Yes but you can crossfire ( or "dual-graphic" ) an APU and a low-end GPU ( HD6450,6570 and 6670 ). Although the performance increase is not that great and dual graphic driver is known to cause troubles.

    Anyway this is the build I'd come out with, ensure 40+ fps on BF3 medium, plus good sound quality and low power consumption :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($73.19 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $372.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 01:20 EDT-0400)

    Didn't pick an OS in case you already have it.



    Cheers man, that looks pretty good, I'm a little limited as to where i can buy from though, this is what i have come up with..

    Alright, well i have a 7770 i lent to a mate that i might take back :) So i'm thinking..

    Motherboard B75M – R2 $62
    CPU i3 3240 $152 (is there much difference with a i3 3220?)
    8gig ram $60
    500gig HDD $56
    PSU corsair cx430 $59
    Case – unsure but cheap. $50
    7770- free.

    Total- $439

    Is that alright? Any incompatibilities?
  5. 3240 doesn't bring much differences from 3220 while being priced much higher ( seriously, you should spend a bit more and get an i5 3350p if your budget for CPU can go that high ). Either stick with i3 3220 or get i5 3350p. Motherboard I'd take the MSI B75M-E33 instead for higher sound controller ( alc882, while Asorck one only has 10-years old alc662 ). PSU you should check the cx430m in the build I made above, which is on sale now. Less cable = more airflow. As for case, it's up to your eyes :)
  6. What about g2020 or fx 6300, or the i3 3240 is there much difference between all of these?
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    G2020 is more sufficient as a budget gaming CPU, since most games don't take advantage of hyper-threading technology, which is i3's main selling point. As for FX6300, it's a good alternative compared to i3s, offer better FPS in BF3 than i3s when teamed with high-end graphic cards. But since we're only going to team it with a HD7770, the FX6300 will mostly bring higher power consumption, assuming that you already got your gaming rig for all the heavy works. Yet fx6300 still does better in multitasking than pentium/i3.

    I3 3240, as said above, doesn't worth the extra money.
  8. So a i3 is out, a fx 6300 would provide better upgrade possibility, although if i go that route i would probz choose a better psu, and a g2020 would be sufficient with a 7770 to get medium settings on most current games?
  9. mick500 said:
    So a i3 is out, a fx 6300 would provide better upgrade possibility, although if i go that route i would probz choose a better psu, and a g2020 would be sufficient with a 7770 to get medium settings on most current games?


    Yes, but you won't need a much better PSU to run the fx6300 since it's just 50w more under full load compared to a g2020. Even the corsair cx430 would be more than sufficient to run any of those CPUs ( plus the hd7770 and other components, of course ).
  10. Madn3ss795 said:
    mick500 said:
    So a i3 is out, a fx 6300 would provide better upgrade possibility, although if i go that route i would probz choose a better psu, and a g2020 would be sufficient with a 7770 to get medium settings on most current games?


    Yes, but you won't need a much better PSU to run the fx6300 since it's just 50w more under full load compared to a g2020. Even the corsair cx430 would be more than sufficient to run any of those CPUs ( plus the hd7770 and other components, of course ).


    Yeah, that's what i mean, if i was to get a fx 6300 i would probably want to get a better psu as well cos i am likely to then upgrade the 7770 in the future, and i don't think a 430w would power a 670.
  11. There's a deal on the Corsair CX 600 v2 right now, just 38$, which doesn't seem to be a bad buy.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu600cxv2

    If you want modular cables and the ability to house a GTX670 then it's needed to get the CX500m at least.
  12. Madn3ss795 said:
    There's a deal on the Corsair CX 600 v2 right now, just 38$, which doesn't seem to be a bad buy.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu600cxv2

    If you want modular cables and the ability to house a GTX670 then it's needed to get the CX500m at least.


    Thanks for your help man.
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