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July 18, 2013 6:21:00 AM

Hey guys. I am putting together an entry level casual gaming PC. I would like to know what CPU I should get. My budget is only going to be $0-$75 (including taxes) as I am buying the Sapphire Radeon 7770 and I don't need a high end CPU. I thought about the A8-5600K because it was in my price range, and then realized I don't really need the built in GPU. The games I would be playing are Minecraft, Dirt 3, Portal, Knights of the Old Republic, and possibly TF2. What would be a good recommended CPU?
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July 18, 2013 6:32:28 AM

why buy the 7770 when you have an apu? those games aren't that demanding. get 1 4gig sticks of ddr3 1866.
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July 18, 2013 6:33:21 AM

What about motherboard budget?
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July 18, 2013 6:35:00 AM

swifty_morgan said:
why buy the 7770 when you have an apu? those games aren't that demanding. get 1 4gig sticks of ddr3 1866.


He doesn't have the APU, he was considering it but decided against it.

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July 18, 2013 6:35:45 AM

what motherboard?
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July 18, 2013 6:47:46 AM

If you were considering the A-8, you should think about the athlon x4 750k, it is about 75-80 bucks and is essentially an A series quad core with a defective integrated GPU. You can put the savings towards a better video card if you'd like.
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July 18, 2013 6:58:06 AM

ethereal essence said:
If you were considering the A-8, you should think about the athlon x4 750k, it is about 75-80 bucks and is essentially an A series quad core with a defective integrated GPU. You can put the savings towards a better video card if you'd like.


so this one could handle the games I mentioned? is it a good buy?
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July 18, 2013 7:00:25 AM

swifty_morgan said:
what motherboard?


haven't decided yet.
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July 18, 2013 7:13:25 AM

MrInteresting said:
swifty_morgan said:
what motherboard?


haven't decided yet.


What is total budget for CPU and Motherboard?
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July 18, 2013 7:16:10 AM

if nothing was purchased please do give budget and list of components needed.
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July 18, 2013 7:34:16 AM

Right now, I need a processor, graphics card, RAM, a motherboard and a power supply. I have a case and two hard drives (80GB and 250GB). Budget for everything that I need would be around $300.
Thanks.
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July 18, 2013 7:35:07 AM

logainofhades said:
MrInteresting said:
swifty_morgan said:
what motherboard?


haven't decided yet.


What is total budget for CPU and Motherboard?


I would like it to be around $130, if possible.
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July 18, 2013 7:40:28 AM

MrInteresting said:
ethereal essence said:
If you were considering the A-8, you should think about the athlon x4 750k, it is about 75-80 bucks and is essentially an A series quad core with a defective integrated GPU. You can put the savings towards a better video card if you'd like.


so this one could handle the games I mentioned? is it a good buy?


I mentioned the athlon because you were considering the trinity a8 with a dedicated gpu. The Athlon will perform the same as the a8 (the athlon is an a series cpu with the integrated graphics disabled due to a defect in the gpu) so don't buy an a8 unless you plan on using the integrated graphics.

The games that you mentioned the old republic will run fine (it runs good on my gf's a10 laptop). Minecraft should be fine. Same with dirt 3 and portal.

The Athlon x4 750k is a great buy for its price yes. You save a lot of money all because the gpu didn't pass inspection. It is a great budget quad core cpu.

But it would be best to list your total budget and see what the community here can come up with for a total system build
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July 18, 2013 7:52:11 AM

ethereal essence said:
MrInteresting said:
ethereal essence said:
If you were considering the A-8, you should think about the athlon x4 750k, it is about 75-80 bucks and is essentially an A series quad core with a defective integrated GPU. You can put the savings towards a better video card if you'd like.


so this one could handle the games I mentioned? is it a good buy?


I mentioned the athlon because you were considering the trinity a8 with a dedicated gpu. The Athlon will perform the same as the a8 (the athlon is an a series cpu with the integrated graphics disabled due to a defect in the gpu) so don't buy an a8 unless you plan on using the integrated graphics.

The games that you mentioned the old republic will run fine (it runs good on my gf's a10 laptop). Minecraft should be fine. Same with dirt 3 and portal.

The Athlon x4 750k is a great buy for its price yes. You save a lot of money all because the gpu didn't pass inspection. It is a great budget quad core cpu.

But it would be best to list your total budget and see what the community here can come up with for a total system build


Ok thank you for the advice. For my build, I already have a case and hard drives, so those are not needed. My budget is around $300-$350 CAD for everything else, if that is possible.
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July 18, 2013 10:12:43 AM

MrInteresting said:
ethereal essence said:
MrInteresting said:
ethereal essence said:
If you were considering the A-8, you should think about the athlon x4 750k, it is about 75-80 bucks and is essentially an A series quad core with a defective integrated GPU. You can put the savings towards a better video card if you'd like.


so this one could handle the games I mentioned? is it a good buy?


I mentioned the athlon because you were considering the trinity a8 with a dedicated gpu. The Athlon will perform the same as the a8 (the athlon is an a series cpu with the integrated graphics disabled due to a defect in the gpu) so don't buy an a8 unless you plan on using the integrated graphics.

The games that you mentioned the old republic will run fine (it runs good on my gf's a10 laptop). Minecraft should be fine. Same with dirt 3 and portal.

The Athlon x4 750k is a great buy for its price yes. You save a lot of money all because the gpu didn't pass inspection. It is a great budget quad core cpu.

But it would be best to list your total budget and see what the community here can come up with for a total system build


Ok thank you for the advice. For my build, I already have a case and hard drives, so those are not needed. My budget is around $300-$350 CAD for everything else, if that is possible.


I will see what I can do after work. Does the case include a power supply or do you have one? If so what wattage
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July 18, 2013 10:22:59 AM

Also, will your case support a micro atx board?
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July 18, 2013 1:18:01 PM

ethereal essence said:
Also, will your case support a micro atx board?


The case is from a Dell Dimension XPS Generation 4. It has a 460W PSU. I'm not sure how to tell if it can support a micro ATX board though. (I know... its an old case...)
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July 18, 2013 1:49:55 PM

I'll do some research this evening
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July 18, 2013 6:46:17 PM

ok, i can't find out if your case will support a micro atx board. here are some sample builds but it wasn't easy.

If you want both the Athlon (pc part picker calls it an athlon II for some reason) and the HD 7770 and power supply....

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1iaLk

you could save some money by dropping down to 1333 mhz ram on that build or you could try salvaging your PSU. I'll include 2 more builds for you here.


and second....

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Jl6S


This build is just there to show another option. Going with 1866 mhz ram for this one is required. This build would be utilizing the power of AMD's APU, for which, faster ram = much better performance. This can hold you over until you can save up for a dedicated video card or you can try out the dual graphics (crossfiring integrated and dedicated graphics). The problem is that only works on with the HD 6670 and general consensus is that it isn't worth it. The HD 6670 would cost around 60.00 or so but still, not worth the small increase it offers.


as far as which one would perform better, the dual graphics isn't there yet. maybe if you could crossfire with a 7750 it would perform much better. It helps but not enough to justify the cost of the system. However if you find you can't afford the athlon build, you might do well with the A-10 and get a 7770 or better yet GTX 650 ti boost or HD 7790 later on.

I think you should consider the first A-10 build. Especially if you need to get a case (I'd be damn sure you can mount a micro atx board in your current case first before doing anything.) The desktop APU's are a decent solution to a problem like this. Seeing as how you are on an extreme budget, you can save the cost of a GPU for the time being and upgrade later.

If you are sure or you think you can save up for a cheap case that will house a micro atx board then the Athlon build i linked would be your best bet. You sohuld
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