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December 16, 2013 6:20:22 AM

hey guys! so it's my first to build my own gaming rig and i need some advice :) 
i'm confuse what to choose between this two..

First I only have a limited budget (350$) and second i only buy this parts at a computer shop.

1st option:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz Triple Core (Socket AM3)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 (Socket AM3+) ($137 for cpu and motherboard)
Memory: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (53$)
Storage: 500GB seagate ST500DM002 (60$)
Video Card: Sapphire HD 7750 1GB 128-Bit DDR5 (100$)
Case: middle tower frontier irish ISOIA 80MM fan w/ 600W
Total: 350$ (excluding the case, it's cheap anyway and that's the only case available at the shop =.=)

2nd option
CPU: amd a6 5400k socket FM2
Motherboard: GA-F2A55m-DS2 socket FM2
GPU: GTX 650 DDR5
memory: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Storage: 500GB seagate ST500DM002
Case: middle tower frontier irish ISOIA 80MM fan w/ 600W
Total: roughly at 350$ also.

price doesn't really have big difference so ill go with any of them, i'm just confuse on what to choose between this two and which one has the best performance.The two options are at different shop option 1 kinda have a good deal because they can order from other place here in our country and won't take too much time to wait, i'm in rush in buying the pc (i need it this week)

i hope you guys can help me, atm i'm still learning on how to build my own pc and i don't have much knowledge about choosing the right spec. I guess it's obvious so sorry for being a noob =.=
And I still have a lot of questions regarding this computer parts but that's it for now
thanks!!
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December 16, 2013 6:44:10 AM

Both builds are quite bad. No point in APU when you have a descreet card that doesn't CF with it.

I will update this post with my build for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.91 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $313.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-16 09:42 EST-0500)

You can go another route and get an Athlon II x4(newer version that's in the apu's) and maybe a 7750 / 70.
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December 16, 2013 6:48:58 AM

Just one thing, do you live near any microcenter store? I mean, can you go pick up some components to their physical store?
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December 16, 2013 7:07:00 AM

well i only try to research and list some of those specs and give the list at the shop and ask for the price.
ofcourse i don't buy them immediately. i research and research and it's kinda hard to choose @.@

@Ichrish thanks for the reply, i'll try to research on those. really have a little knowledge about this things :S

@Francisco i think no. I can only order this stuffs at a local shop. it's my first time here I don't even have an idea how to order from online =.= ty too

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December 16, 2013 7:50:44 AM

The Athlon II is old and out of date now. Also the video card isn't that great either. As for the second build as Ichrisk said there is no point in going with an APU if you are going to have a discreet video card. The APU has better graphics but the trade off is a weaker CPU. There is no point in taking the tradeoff of the weaker CPU if you aren't going to be using the integrated graphics anyway. So as was said both are really not that great.

Last thing I didn't see any mention of a power supply do you have that yet if not you are going to have to add that to the cost.
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December 16, 2013 10:33:48 AM

rds1220 said:
The Athlon II is old and out of date now. Also the video card isn't that great either. As for the second build as Ichrisk said there is no point in going with an APU if you are going to have a discreet video card. The APU has better graphics but the trade off is a weaker CPU. There is no point in taking the tradeoff of the weaker CPU if you aren't going to be using the integrated graphics anyway. So as was said both are really not that great.

Last thing I didn't see any mention of a power supply do you have that yet if not you are going to have to add that to the cost.


Actually, there is a point of going for an APU + CF. It gives more performance. The APU is using the newest version of the Athlon http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He has a low budget, there's not that much he can get.
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December 16, 2013 11:23:17 AM

Not really. Crossfiring integrated graphics with a dedicated graphics is known to causes problems with lag and micro stutter. It is no better than Crossfiring or SLI'ing two low end video cards; there is a reason why it is repeated over and over here and on other forums that you are always better off getting a single higher-end video card than doing crossfire or SLI with two lower end cards. This is no different. You would be better off with higher end dedicated card (which again if you are going to use a dedicated card the APU is pointless) and stronger CPU. That is why I don't get what all the hype is over the APU it really isn't that great.
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December 16, 2013 11:31:02 AM

manhate1993 said:
hey guys! so it's my first to build my own gaming rig and i need some advice :) 
i'm confuse what to choose between this two..

First I only have a limited budget (350$) and second i only buy this parts at a computer shop.

1st option:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz Triple Core (Socket AM3)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 (Socket AM3+) ($137 for cpu and motherboard)
Memory: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (53$)
Storage: 500GB seagate ST500DM002 (60$)
Video Card: Sapphire HD 7750 1GB 128-Bit DDR5 (100$)
Case: middle tower frontier irish ISOIA 80MM fan w/ 600W
Total: 350$ (excluding the case, it's cheap anyway and that's the only case available at the shop =.=)

2nd option
CPU: amd a6 5400k socket FM2
Motherboard: GA-F2A55m-DS2 socket FM2
GPU: GTX 650 DDR5
memory: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Storage: 500GB seagate ST500DM002
Case: middle tower frontier irish ISOIA 80MM fan w/ 600W
Total: roughly at 350$ also.

price doesn't really have big difference so ill go with any of them, i'm just confuse on what to choose between this two and which one has the best performance.The two options are at different shop option 1 kinda have a good deal because they can order from other place here in our country and won't take too much time to wait, i'm in rush in buying the pc (i need it this week)

i hope you guys can help me, atm i'm still learning on how to build my own pc and i don't have much knowledge about choosing the right spec. I guess it's obvious so sorry for being a noob =.=
And I still have a lot of questions regarding this computer parts but that's it for now
thanks!!


Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ljFT
It's $28 over because I included a CPU cooler, to keep that CPU nice and fresh.
Also, much better CPU, GPU, motherboard, HDD and double the RAM.
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