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January 13, 2014 5:01:09 PM

I'm planning to buy this computer for my business and I need to know whether it can cope with maybe 5 years of constant use without major slowdown. I will be running a few games e.g.. BF3, Skyrim and COD. I'm on a tight budget which is why I'm considering AMD for the first time. Will this be able to function as well as a i3 ivy bridge CPU? Would this computer have any hardware compatibility issues? The rig that I'm getting will have 8 gigs of ram, the AMD A8 6600K, windows 8, 1Tb of storage and a wireless upgrade. I have a budget of $700 Australian dollars. Would you recommend a dedicated graphics card?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMD-Quad-Core-A8-5600K-3-6GH...
January 13, 2014 9:13:09 PM

It won't have any compatibility issues at all, but to be honest it is pretty horrible for gaming (Yes you will definitely want a dedicated graphics card). I would also advise you not to buy pc's off ebay; I am also Australian and would advise you to try websites like: www.jw.com.au (I got my first gaming PC build there a couple of years ago; they build them for you at great prices :)  ). There I would spend about 700-800 dollars on a prebuilt gaming PC.
January 13, 2014 10:05:57 PM

Quasty said:
It won't have any compatibility issues at all, but to be honest it is pretty horrible for gaming (Yes you will definitely want a dedicated graphics card). I would also advise you not to buy pc's off ebay; I am also Australian and would advise you to try websites like: www.jw.com.au (I got my first gaming PC build there a couple of years ago; they build them for you at great prices :)  ). There I would spend about 700-800 dollars on a prebuilt gaming PC.

Thanks, I have already bought of this company multiple times as I live very close to their shop, but thanks for the website link, it looks interesting and keeps my options open.
would you advise 16gigs of ram or should I stick to 8? it would cost me an extra $70 to get 16

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January 13, 2014 10:29:20 PM

Spkos said:
I'm planning to buy this computer for my business and I need to know whether it can cope with maybe 5 years of constant use without major slowdown. I will be running a few games e.g.. BF3, Skyrim and COD. I'm on a tight budget which is why I'm considering AMD for the first time. Will this be able to function as well as a i3 ivy bridge CPU? Would this computer have any hardware compatibility issues? The rig that I'm getting will have 8 gigs of ram, the AMD A8 6600K, windows 8, 1Tb of storage and a wireless upgrade. I have a budget of $700 Australian dollars. Would you recommend a dedicated graphics card?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMD-Quad-Core-A8-5600K-3-6GH...


You are right that you need a quality graphics card like Nvidia for your PC, hopefully you find it within your budget. Hence, you check first your motherboard should support the graphics card or not.
January 13, 2014 10:38:27 PM

Philip Booth said:
Spkos said:
I'm planning to buy this computer for my business and I need to know whether it can cope with maybe 5 years of constant use without major slowdown. I will be running a few games e.g.. BF3, Skyrim and COD. I'm on a tight budget which is why I'm considering AMD for the first time. Will this be able to function as well as a i3 ivy bridge CPU? Would this computer have any hardware compatibility issues? The rig that I'm getting will have 8 gigs of ram, the AMD A8 6600K, windows 8, 1Tb of storage and a wireless upgrade. I have a budget of $700 Australian dollars. Would you recommend a dedicated graphics card?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMD-Quad-Core-A8-5600K-3-6GH...


You are right that you need a quality graphics card like Nvidia for your PC, hopefully you find it within your budget. Hence, you check first your motherboard should support the graphics card or not.

The motherboard should support most high to low end graphics cards, it is an AMD A75
The specs are;
* Dual Channel DDR3

* SATA III 6Gb/s ports & USB 3.0 ports onboard

* 6 x SATA ports, Support Raid

* Up to 13 x USB Ports (Rear 6 + Front 3 + Mid-Board 4)
* PCI Express x16 slot

* Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub & DVI-D
I'm considering a GTX 660Ti which I will buy if graphics poweress isn't good enough for me ( maybe in a couple of months when I can afford it) The more important question is whether the power supply is enough (550w) and what sort of games would I expect to play at 1080p on high?

January 14, 2014 1:06:19 AM

Spkos said:
Quasty said:
It won't have any compatibility issues at all, but to be honest it is pretty horrible for gaming (Yes you will definitely want a dedicated graphics card). I would also advise you not to buy pc's off ebay; I am also Australian and would advise you to try websites like: www.jw.com.au (I got my first gaming PC build there a couple of years ago; they build them for you at great prices :)  ). There I would spend about 700-800 dollars on a prebuilt gaming PC.

Thanks, I have already bought of this company multiple times as I live very close to their shop, but thanks for the website link, it looks interesting and keeps my options open.
would you advise 16gigs of ram or should I stick to 8? it would cost me an extra $70 to get 16



8 is MORE than enough!! Most modern games won't even use more than 4.

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January 14, 2014 1:13:23 AM
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Philip Booth said:
Spkos said:
I'm planning to buy this computer for my business and I need to know whether it can cope with maybe 5 years of constant use without major slowdown. I will be running a few games e.g.. BF3, Skyrim and COD. I'm on a tight budget which is why I'm considering AMD for the first time. Will this be able to function as well as a i3 ivy bridge CPU? Would this computer have any hardware compatibility issues? The rig that I'm getting will have 8 gigs of ram, the AMD A8 6600K, windows 8, 1Tb of storage and a wireless upgrade. I have a budget of $700 Australian dollars. Would you recommend a dedicated graphics card?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMD-Quad-Core-A8-5600K-3-6GH...


You are right that you need a quality graphics card like Nvidia for your PC, hopefully you find it within your budget. Hence, you check first your motherboard should support the graphics card or not.

The motherboard should support most high to low end graphics cards, it is an AMD A75
The specs are;
* Dual Channel DDR3

* SATA III 6Gb/s ports & USB 3.0 ports onboard

* 6 x SATA ports, Support Raid

* Up to 13 x USB Ports (Rear 6 + Front 3 + Mid-Board 4)
* PCI Express x16 slot

* Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub & DVI-D
I'm considering a GTX 660Ti which I will buy if graphics poweress isn't good enough for me ( maybe in a couple of months when I can afford it) The more important question is whether the power supply is enough (550w) and what sort of games would I expect to play at 1080p on high?



a 550w psu will be sufficient for the 660ti (with at least 50 left). You will be able to play ALL current games on High -Ultra >without< anti aliasing on. (It will run Battlefield 4 on Ultra without MSAA on)
January 14, 2014 1:23:57 AM

Quasty said:
Spkos said:
Philip Booth said:
12434359,0,1549330 said:
I'm planning to buy this computer for my business and I need to know whether it can cope with maybe 5 years of constant use without major slowdown. I will be running a few games e.g.. BF3, Skyrim and COD. I'm on a tight budget which is why I'm considering AMD for the first time. Will this be able to function as well as a i3 ivy bridge CPU? Would this computer have any hardware compatibility issues? The rig that I'm getting will have 8 gigs of ram, the AMD A8 6600K, windows 8, 1Tb of storage and a wireless upgrade. I have a budget of $700 Australian dollars. Would you recommend a dedicated graphics card?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMD-Quad-Core-A8-5600K-3-6GH...

You are right that you need a quality graphics card like Nvidia for your PC, hopefully you find it within your budget. Hence, you check first your motherboard should support the graphics card or not.
said:

The motherboard should support most high to low end graphics cards, it is an AMD A75
The specs are;
* Dual Channel DDR3

* SATA III 6Gb/s ports & USB 3.0 ports onboard

* 6 x SATA ports, Support Raid

* Up to 13 x USB Ports (Rear 6 + Front 3 + Mid-Board 4)
* PCI Express x16 slot

* Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub & DVI-D
I'm considering a GTX 660Ti which I will buy if graphics poweress isn't good enough for me ( maybe in a couple of months when I can afford it) The more important question is whether the power supply is enough (550w) and what sort of games would I expect to play at 1080p on high?

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a 550w psu will be sufficient for the 660ti (with at least 50 left). You will be able to play ALL current games on High -Ultra >without< anti aliasing on. (It will run Battlefield 4 on Ultra without MSAA on)
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Thanks Quasty, you have been most informative, I will order tomorrow with a GTX 660Ti, I found one for a reasonable price and it does sound extremely promising to play at that level. Thank you.

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