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February 27, 2014 10:58:21 AM

hello, i am building a budget gaming pc. games that are gone be running on it are minecraft, tf2, skyrim and other games like that.
The components i have picked out is:
CPU: AMD athlon x4 760x
ram:Crucial DDR3 Ballistix Tactical 8GB. 1 stick with CL8.
MB: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-DS2.
hdd:Seagate® Desktop SSHD 1TB
PSU:XFX ProSeries Core Edition V2 450W PSU
Cpu cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Kjøler
GPU: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB
Case:Cooler Master Elite 430

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February 27, 2014 11:06:10 AM

pretty good, i would really try to get something in the r9 series for the GPU, r9 270 if you can budget it in there
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February 27, 2014 11:07:11 AM

so....i don't see a price here, but that build should be roughly $500-600 without an operating system
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February 27, 2014 11:16:44 AM

For what you plan on doing, it should be good. As Beezy said, try and put something like the R9 270 in there for better performance.

For Minecraft, on 16 chunk render distance w/ Optifine installed on 1.7.4, I would estimate 100 FPS or so.

I don't have an estimate on Skyrim or TF2 but you should be able to run them on Med/High with absolutely no issues. Neither game is very intensive, so you're a-ok in that regard.

Good luck! :) 
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February 27, 2014 11:25:23 AM

Any high performance AMD card today is overpriced because of the Litecoin craze. Get a GTX 660 if you want a better GPU. I also recommend not overclocking and take the $30+ you would initially spend on a cooler and put it towards a better GPU (Like the GTX 660).

Just a thought though. You might also want to look into Dual channel memory, as it would be twice as fast as the single channel you currently have.

On a side note, what is your total budget?
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February 27, 2014 11:36:21 AM

also for minecraft and skyrim, it seems intel and nvidia are a much better way to go. By the looks of your budget (current system) i'd say you are trying to get more performance than what your alloted budget will allow for
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February 27, 2014 11:54:20 AM

DonQuixoteMC said:
Any high performance AMD card today is overpriced because of the Litecoin craze. Get a GTX 660 if you want a better GPU. I also recommend not overclocking and take the $30+ you would initially spend on a cooler and put it towards a better GPU (Like the GTX 660).

Just a thought though. You might also want to look into Dual channel memory, as it would be twice as fast as the single channel you currently have.

On a side note, what is your total budget?


my total buget is 5000-6000 norwegian kroner.
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February 27, 2014 11:58:25 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
also for minecraft and skyrim, it seems intel and nvidia are a much better way to go. By the looks of your budget (current system) i'd say you are trying to get more performance than what your alloted budget will allow for


What would be a good cpu from intel then. araound 100$
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February 27, 2014 12:20:22 PM

@Brantyn Yes, Intel and Nvidia are better, but if you don't plan on playing with 32 chunk render distance and a 128x+ resource pack I think that build should be okay

Not sure how much it is but I've heard some good things about the bottom of the line Haswell i3.
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February 27, 2014 1:23:13 PM

Julekule240p said:
What would be a good cpu from intel then. araound 100$

I don't know what kind of prices you get in Norway, but the i3-4130 is probably the best gaming processor in that price range. If you also plan to do a lot of CPU intensive multitasking as well as gaming, then check out the FX-6300.

i3 = Better at singlethreaded applications like most games
FX-6300 better at multithreaded applications (like video encoding or a select few games) and you can overclock it.

It's up to you. From your original post though, the Haswell i3 would be your best option.
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February 27, 2014 4:57:21 PM

DonQuixoteMC said:
Julekule240p said:
What would be a good cpu from intel then. araound 100$

I don't know what kind of prices you get in Norway, but the i3-4130 is probably the best gaming processor in that price range. If you also plan to do a lot of CPU intensive multitasking as well as gaming, then check out the FX-6300.

i3 = Better at singlethreaded applications like most games
FX-6300 better at multithreaded applications (like video encoding or a select few games) and you can overclock it.

It's up to you. From your original post though, the Haswell i3 would be your best option.

in most games here in 2014 and on the 6300 will probably do better, a LOT of these AAA titles are doing better with multiple threads, dual cores are pretty much out for games. even if it is intel IPC whatever. Games will be more GPU bound anyways.
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February 27, 2014 5:11:57 PM

Good point, it's just that since there's such a small multithreaded performance difference (http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-4130-vs-AMD-FX-63...), the i3 would almost be better because of how much better it would perform in the games Julekule240p listed. FX chips also have weird stuttering issues with Skyrim, so there's also that.

It's definitely a close one, though.
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