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August 12, 2013 5:14:43 PM

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CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($122.68 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.89 @ Outlet PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $370.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 20:12 EDT-0400)

Here is my build
And my friend just gave me a free os so I dont have to buy that anymore, how can I upgrade this for 70$ , im thinking adding a hd 6670 and using amd dual graphics ?

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August 12, 2013 5:22:47 PM

Did u buy this rig now?

Generally I don't recommend such rig for gaming.

I would like to go for 7770 over 7660D or 8670D + HD 6670 dual graphic, besides if u save up more u could definitely go for HD 7850 (so it'll be mid-range gaming over APU entry-level gaming rig)

Plus 5400RPM HDD is a bit slow, I would recommend 7200RPM over your chosen one.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rhFm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rhFm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rhFm/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($91.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $394.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 20:28 EDT-0400)


or HD 7850 version:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rhJd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rhJd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rhJd/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $437.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 20:31 EDT-0400)
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August 12, 2013 5:54:52 PM

Just to be CLEAR:

1) Have you BOUGHT any of this?
2) If you still have to buy, what is your BUDGET (and if the budget includes Windows)?
3) If you play GAMES, what games are you expecting to play?

As mentioned, an APU is completely the wrong approach for any type of gaming other than very casual. You need to be looking at a separate CPU and discrete graphics card. Which ones comes down to your BUDGET.

Many/most games won't perform well on an extreme budget PC.
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August 12, 2013 6:31:14 PM

photonboy said:
Just to be CLEAR:

1) Have you BOUGHT any of this?
2) If you still have to buy, what is your BUDGET (and if the budget includes Windows)?
3) If you play GAMES, what games are you expecting to play?

As mentioned, an APU is completely the wrong approach for any type of gaming other than very casual. You need to be looking at a separate CPU and discrete graphics card. Which ones comes down to your BUDGET.

Many/most games won't perform well on an extreme budget PC.

Tks for the replies
1 and 2: I did
3 : just league of legends and dota 2
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August 12, 2013 6:34:38 PM

Well u could go HD 6670 DDR5 for dual graphics, or

HD 7750/7770 for better single gfx performance, rumor says HD 7660D can dual graphic w/ HD 7750. But using GCN architecture HD 7750/7770 will perform better than dual graphics.
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August 12, 2013 6:46:36 PM

Maxime506 said:
Well u could go HD 6670 DDR5 for dual graphics, or

HD 7750/7770 for better single gfx performance, rumor says HD 7660D can dual graphic w/ HD 7750. But using GCN architecture HD 7750/7770 will perform better than dual graphics.


So you saying that I should get 2 graphic cards (7750/7770) and crossfire them?
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August 12, 2013 7:04:12 PM

no, it's HD 7750 or HD 7770. Of course u can cf 7750s or 7770s but it costs u too much and not worth it.

Seems it's in a scenario now. U either choose fully use HD 7660D to dual graphics w/ HD 6670 or drop the iGP and get HD 7750 or HD 7770 for better graphic performance. But if the rumor is true u could take a chance making HD 7750 DG w/ HD 7660D
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August 12, 2013 7:30:32 PM

Maxime506 said:
no, it's HD 7750 or HD 7770. Of course u can cf 7750s or 7770s but it costs u too much and not worth it.

Seems it's in a scenario now. U either choose fully use HD 7660D to dual graphics w/ HD 6670 or drop the iGP and get HD 7750 or HD 7770 for better graphic performance. But if the rumor is true u could take a chance making HD 7750 DG w/ HD 7660D


oh my bad , i think im going with the hd 7750 and gonna run alone right ? no cf , and after install the graphic do i connect the monitor to the motherboard or the graphic card ? , do you have to change any setting ?
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August 12, 2013 8:05:00 PM

first to the mobo to see if DG can be enabled, if not, go for gfx. (For 7750/7770)

but for HD 6670, definitely go for mobo to make sure that DG is enabled.
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August 13, 2013 4:55:00 PM

Video connections:
If you get a CPU (not APU) and a dedicated graphics card, there's no reason you need a motherboard that has any video feature at all. It's a waste of money.

If the motherboard has no video ouput you simply connect the monitor to the graphics card (i.e. the DVI connector).

Main Parts recommendation:
1) FX-6300 ($120)
2) AM3+ motherboard (read customer reviews at Newegg etc)
3) HD7770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*the above HD7770 is $70 after rebate and free shipping.
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