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March 3, 2014 2:17:25 PM

Alright so after searching and searching I think I've finally found what I want. However, before I buy it I'd just like some final opinions on it. I'm wanting to do some light to average gaming. Looking to play GTA IV, Arma II, D: SF, maybe even BF3. Mainly looking to get IV to run smooth. After looking it up I found that according to canirunit tests, the CPU and GPU should be be able to run IV on high settings. Also found a video of BF3 on low running at 32-39 FPS with recording, and 52+ FPS without recording.

Specs:
HP Pavilion
A8-Series APU A8-6500 (3.50GHz)
AMD Radeon HD 8570
Windows 8
4 GB RAM
1 TB HD
DVDRW and WLAN
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also read that down the road I could get a GTX 650ti Boost and get some good gaming out of this rig. Any comments or opinions?
March 3, 2014 2:21:13 PM

well, i would strongly suggest you shift your build to an am3+ based system, cuz there is no need for an apu and a gpu. i would get an fx 4300 or for like $10 more 6300.
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March 3, 2014 2:31:45 PM

Hi, as Danbuscus25 here said, shift your build. Also, do you have a good enough power supply to get enough wats to your GPU if you were to change?
I would recommend more ram. I had an old PC similar to this and i found that 4GB RAM was a bit too little.
Just a friendly advice: GTA IV does NOT run on Windows 8. It only runs in some cases (very few).

Also, are you willing to spend more money on a PC?
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March 3, 2014 2:45:40 PM

My range is $250 to $350. I mean maybe give or take a little for the right deal. I planned on installing Windows 7 Pro once I got it anyways as well. And I haven't really seen any other builds for the same price range. I've checked newegg, tigerdirect, overstock, amazon, and some others. I mainly see Core 2 Duos, Athlon II x2, and the APU-series.
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March 3, 2014 2:53:48 PM

for $350 then you actually should keep the apu and socket fm2, unless you want to upgrade it later.
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March 3, 2014 3:04:54 PM

Well would the A8-6500 with a GTX 650ti Boost be a solid gaming machine?
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March 3, 2014 3:11:42 PM

for your budget it will be just about as good as can be.
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