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September 27, 2013 1:13:54 AM

I recently purchased a a6-5400k and I don't know whether to go with the 6570 and do a dual graphics setup or disable the integrated gpu and purchase a discrete card like the 7750 to prevent bottlenecking. Which would give better performance? Also I'm in need f a power supply any recommendations on wattage? Its my first build. Thanks, if anyone can help

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September 27, 2013 8:48:45 AM

I would recommend you to buy the 7750 as the difference would be noticeable
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September 27, 2013 8:54:56 AM

Can you please list all your current components as well as your total upgrade budget? That will help greatly in making a recommendation. ;) 

Running a discreet 7750 and disabling the integrated GPU will yield the best performance, however, since the A6 is only a dual core and not too strong to begin with, I suspect it would bottle neck GPU's like the 7770 and up. For running the 7750 it should be ok for the time being. If you ever decide to run something more substantial like a 7770 or GTX 650ti/boost or better, you'd definitely benefit by upgrading the CPU to something like the Athlon X4 760K, which is essentially an A10-6800K Richland APU with the integrated GPU disabled. It's a very capable 4-core CPU that can run mid-range cards like a GTX 660/ti or 7850/70 without any major issues (and it's not expensive).

So again, a lot depends on your budget and other components as to what would be the best option. As for the power supply, again, depends on your budget. Stick with brands like cooler master, antec, xfx, corsair, seasonic, and try to go for at least 500watts to allow for a little head room for future upgrades.
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September 27, 2013 12:00:22 PM

pegotico said:
I would recommend you to buy the 7750 as the difference would be noticeable


Thanks! I will probably go with that!
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September 27, 2013 12:08:34 PM

7750 with a 760k would be your best option. That dual core is not a very powerful chip.
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September 27, 2013 12:16:19 PM

MEC-777 said:
Can you please list all your current components as well as your total upgrade budget? That will help greatly in making a recommendation. ;) 

Running a discreet 7750 and disabling the integrated GPU will yield the best performance, however, since the A6 is only a dual core and not too strong to begin with, I suspect it would bottle neck GPU's like the 7770 and up. For running the 7750 it should be ok for the time being. If you ever decide to run something more substantial like a 7770 or GTX 650ti/boost or better, you'd definitely benefit by upgrading the CPU to something like the Athlon X4 760K, which is essentially an A10-6800K Richland APU with the integrated GPU disabled. It's a very capable 4-core CPU that can run mid-range cards like a GTX 660/ti or 7850/70 without any major issues (and it's not expensive).

So again, a lot depends on your budget and other components as to what would be the best option. As for the power supply, again, depends on your budget. Stick with brands like cooler master, antec, xfx, corsair, seasonic, and try to go for at least 500watts to allow for a little head room for future upgrades.


Yeah, thanks for the recommendation on the power supply and future upgrades! The Athlon X4 760K sounds like a awesome idea when I can afford it. I don't really have a "budget" but i'm trying to get the most bang for my buck. sort of. My other components consist of

MSi FM2-A75MA-E35 Motherboard
AMD A6-5400K
Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR3 8gb (4x 2) 1866mhz @1.5V Ram
and soon the Radeon 7750.
WD Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, WD10EZEX

Thanks for the reply by the way.

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September 27, 2013 12:32:43 PM

That's actually a fairly decent budget build, though the CPU is definitely the weakest part.

Considering you don't really have a budget right now, adding a 7750 will give you the best improvement in gaming performance for the lowest cost and shouldn't be bottle necked by your current CPU. Make sure you get a 7750 with GDDR5 memory as it performs quite a bit better than the older GDDR3 versions. ;) 

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September 27, 2013 12:38:32 PM

logainofhades said:
7750 with a 760k would be your best option. That dual core is not a very powerful chip.


Yeah, i know. thanks for the recommendation. :) 
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September 27, 2013 12:41:24 PM

MEC-777 said:
That's actually a fairly decent budget build, though the CPU is definitely the weakest part.

Considering you don't really have a budget right now, adding a 7750 will give you the best improvement in gaming performance for the lowest cost and shouldn't be bottle necked by your current CPU. Make sure you get a 7750 with GDDR5 memory as it performs quite a bit better than the older GDDR3 versions. ;) 



Sweet! you're awesome dude! thanks for the help. I'll probably upgrade the cpu some time next year or until it begins to really frustrate me. lol. So the 7750 with GDDR5 will be the one! Thanks so much man.

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September 27, 2013 12:53:12 PM

regular_jo said:
MEC-777 said:
That's actually a fairly decent budget build, though the CPU is definitely the weakest part.

Considering you don't really have a budget right now, adding a 7750 will give you the best improvement in gaming performance for the lowest cost and shouldn't be bottle necked by your current CPU. Make sure you get a 7750 with GDDR5 memory as it performs quite a bit better than the older GDDR3 versions. ;) 



Sweet! you're awesome dude! thanks for the help. I'll probably upgrade the cpu some time next year or until it begins to really frustrate me. lol. So the 7750 with GDDR5 will be the one! Thanks so much man.



No problem. Enjoy the upgrade. Just don't expect to play the latest titles at 1080p and ultra settings though. ;) 
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September 27, 2013 1:12:00 PM

MEC-777 said:
regular_jo said:
MEC-777 said:
That's actually a fairly decent budget build, though the CPU is definitely the weakest part.

Considering you don't really have a budget right now, adding a 7750 will give you the best improvement in gaming performance for the lowest cost and shouldn't be bottle necked by your current CPU. Make sure you get a 7750 with GDDR5 memory as it performs quite a bit better than the older GDDR3 versions. ;) 



Sweet! you're awesome dude! thanks for the help. I'll probably upgrade the cpu some time next year or until it begins to really frustrate me. lol. So the 7750 with GDDR5 will be the one! Thanks so much man.



No problem. Enjoy the upgrade. Just don't expect to play the latest titles at 1080p and ultra settings though. ;) 


oh yeah, of course. haha.
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