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Best Mobo/GPU/CPU Combo on a budget?

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March 8, 2014 9:31:15 AM

Hey guys, I'm going to come out and say it right here. I'm 14. Bear in mind, I turn 15 in 4 days, but still, I'm a youngin'. So money for me is very tight. I have budgeted out myself a little, but I don't know how to maximize it.

I already have a 430w PSU, and HDD with win7 on it, so that part is covered. I have my case picked out, check it out here.

For ram I'm getting 2x4GB of Kingston HpyerX.

I am going to skip out on an optical drive for now, because I haven't used mine in probably a year and a half, and I need to save money
So now, all I need is the important stuff, Motherboard, CPU, GPU.

My original Plan was an A8 6600k Which is CPU and GPU. At first I was skeptical of integrated, and I still am. It seems it gets very mixed reviews on the internet.And for a mobo I was going to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you care.






But now, after looking, I was wondering if I can, for a little more money, get a CPU and dedicated GPU, instead of AMD's "APU". This way it's more common, and it will run better aswell.

So what GPU, CPU, and Mobo would you guys recommend for under $250? This is going to be for gaming
If you could give me some basic benchmarks for what this will run X game on Y settings at Z FPS, I would love it

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a c 164 à CPUs
March 8, 2014 9:45:46 AM

Sorry to bring it to you, but you will need to reinstall the Windows. Any time you change motherboard, you need a fresh Windows install. It is just how it goes. Anyway, this is your best option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $250.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 12:45 EST-0500)
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March 8, 2014 9:51:37 AM

Shneiky said:
Sorry to bring it to you, but you will need to reinstall the Windows. Any time you change motherboard, you need a fresh Windows install. It is just how it goes. Anyway, this is your best option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $250.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 12:45 EST-0500)

Oh, sorry, my bad. I don't suppose you could give me a basic benchmark for what that build would be able to pump out in game? Can I run BF4 on low? DayZ on med? Any ideas?
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a c 164 à CPUs
March 8, 2014 10:12:39 AM

That will push BF4 on more than low. At least in single player it should go at at least medium. Multiplayer is very inconsistent and a bit more CPU dependent. DayZ will not be a problem.
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March 8, 2014 10:13:40 AM

i think it can play BF4 with 1440x900 resolution with medium setting. at least medium setting with 1280x800 resolution.
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March 8, 2014 10:18:39 AM

Shneiky said:
That will push BF4 on more than low. At least in single player it should go at at least medium. Multiplayer is very inconsistent and a bit more CPU dependent. DayZ will not be a problem.


If you have the time, I PM'ed you, I have a few questions before I finalize this, if you would be willing to help it would be much appreciated
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a b à CPUs
March 8, 2014 10:39:10 AM

you can ask in here. if you have more question. but be patient if your question is not answered yet.
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March 8, 2014 10:39:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($125.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $245.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 13:36 EST-0500)

The X4 750K is the best gaming processor for the price, and can be overclocked, too.
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March 8, 2014 10:53:16 AM

sarcophagus_macabre said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($125.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $245.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 13:36 EST-0500)

The X4 750K is the best gaming processor for the price, and can be overclocked, too.


I was actually looking at the 750k! I like this option. Does this put my GPU on the same level as my CPU? And how capable is that mobo?
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a c 164 à CPUs
March 8, 2014 11:02:12 AM

The FM2 socket is outdated compared to H81. On H81, you can upgrade later, while on an FM2 you are stuck with a 750k. The 750k is not that better than the Pentium G altogether. 10%-15% performance for more than 20% price. I used a Pentium G840 before I went 2700k and the Pentium was doing great. The G3220 enjoys the Haswell IPC increase along a 200 MHz bump, so it will be even better then the Pentium I had to deal with. In the end - you get what you pay for and I am not willing to pay for a dirt cheap FM2 motherboard.
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March 8, 2014 11:25:55 AM

Shneiky said:
The FM2 socket is outdated compared to H81. On H81, you can upgrade later, while on an FM2 you are stuck with a 750k. The 750k is not that better than the Pentium G altogether. 10%-15% performance for more than 20% price. I used a Pentium G840 before I went 2700k and the Pentium was doing great. The G3220 enjoys the Haswell IPC increase along a 200 MHz bump, so it will be even better then the Pentium I had to deal with. In the end - you get what you pay for and I am not willing to pay for a dirt cheap FM2 motherboard.

pcpartpicker says

Potential Issues/Incompatibilities
ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard and AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor are not compatible.

So the 750k doesn't work with the more expensive mobo you posted?
So you would suggest more expensive mobo+cheaper CPU?


Also, how much does the mobo really effect it? I KNOW cpu effects it alot, so I personally fee like that is a wiser investment
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March 8, 2014 12:06:05 PM

a good FM2 motherboard price is more then $100. than you will be out bugdet. that Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard is not that bad. but the A75/A85 chipset is more better than A55 chipset. be sure that the motherboard have all solid capasitor.
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