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Building a friend an economy gaming desktop. Need suggestions.

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February 11, 2014 12:57:05 PM

I am building a computer for my friend. I am aiming to have this on a budget, but with a reasonable point, I may change the component. The computer needs to be able to play some basic games. Left 4 Dead, Don't Starve, some Indie games here and there. Maybe an MMO such as WoW. As long as it can be played on low GFX, then that's the goal.

I wanted to give the APU a shot. I was wondering if it can allow me to play what I need to. Please offer me any suggestions to save money, or any reasoning I should consider a slightly better component. Thank you for helping. There is also the issue of the PSU. I feel I may be grabbing too much wattage for what components I have purchased.

(Also, if you are feeling frisky. I will be putting together another build that will be about +$75-$100 more to give extra option for my friend.)

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CPU
PSU
RAM
CASE


Keyboard + Mouse
Monitor
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
February 11, 2014 1:05:07 PM

Might want to try something like this:
The 7770 beats the crap out of the APU. Even the trinity ones.
With optional upgrades to 760k, which is not that much more and has higher clocks.
And your memory would be ok as well, and is a touch cheaper, i just had the machine built already on pcpartpicker.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Rv4s
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Rv4s/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Rv4s/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus A55BM-A/USB3 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $461.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 16:05 EST-0500)

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February 11, 2014 1:06:55 PM

I will need to ask about the budget price.
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February 11, 2014 1:09:37 PM

That sounds like a good build, The video card like the gtx 650, r7 250X, or the hd 7770 will all suffice in the games you suggested.
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February 12, 2014 4:36:17 AM

You guys are suggesting cards to supplement the APU. Are you telling me the APU can't do the job? Or are you telling me you think it would be a nicer addition?

Also budget range ~350- 450

I was thinking of upgrading my CPU/Mobo and offering it to my friend to help offset costs. I have a BioStar Mobp and an A8 3850 APU. We were hoping to get away without buying a GPU, but if it comes to it, I guess we will have to.
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