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Is this a good low budget gaming PC?

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September 29, 2013 10:18:25 PM

I was wondering if this is a good gaming PC for $300, and will all the parts fit together? Any other recommendations would be great!

APU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W

Is there anything I'm missing? How good will this run games, and is it good for the price?

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a b 4 Gaming
September 29, 2013 10:20:15 PM

Not bad. Looks like you got it all, unless you need an optical drive.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 29, 2013 10:21:39 PM

I would stay with ASUS, ASrock, Gigabyte, or Biostar for a motherboard, MSI is a problematic company and their quality control sucks. I always hear of MSI motherboards failing or having faults. Also change your PSU to a XFX or Seasonic, here is my recommendation. Honestly you won't be playing any high end games, maybe Sims 3 half way turned up if your lucky.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A55MD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $304.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 01:31 EDT-0400)
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September 29, 2013 10:44:30 PM

There is a BIG problem with your build. Your using a single DIMM of slow memory which is going to cripple your APU's performance. Get a 4GB (2x2GB) set of DDR3-1866 memory. A 500W PSU is seriously overkill, you'll never be over 200W of power usage so look for a 300~350W PSU. I'm running a 6800K with 6GB of DDR3-2166, SSD and 7200RPM HDD on a single 300W PSU with zero problems.

See if you can go with an A85X MB, they tend to offer a ton of features for their price.
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September 29, 2013 10:50:14 PM

Will that ram be okay for a few months? I plan on getting another stick of that then.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 29, 2013 10:58:10 PM

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September 29, 2013 11:00:13 PM

Btw, I made a slight mistake, the RAM speed is 1600 not 1333.
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September 29, 2013 11:18:02 PM

Staggering memory purchase's is a very bad idea. You want them to be a matched set, meaning they have the exact same timings and behave the same way electronically.
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