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March 24, 2014 4:24:01 PM

I want to be able to play Battlefield 3/4 at medium/high settings at 30FPS below or at 720p. Will this work for me? Also, how do you think Minecraft would do on this build? Is this RAM fast enough for this APU. Any other suggestions?

My build :

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CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($43.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($36.49 @ Amazon)
Case: Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.75 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $433.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 19:20 EDT-0400)

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March 24, 2014 4:26:19 PM

That build is definitely not the strongest. I'll post a couple of builds in a few minutes.
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March 24, 2014 4:42:09 PM

Cheapest non-APU build I could put together with the best performance possible:

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CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $579.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Next up:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($47.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $654.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 19:32 EDT-0400)

Most expensive "budget build" I can recommend:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($47.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $704.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 19:33 EDT-0400)

And for everyone who is going to pounce at me for using an overkill PSU, it's because of the quality of the PSU meaning reliability and no ruined components <2 years in the future (which is generally what happens), plus it gives a LOT of upgrade overhead. And to be honest, overkill is better than using a low quality PSU.

If you REALLY want to use an APU to save costs:

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CPU: AMD A10-7700K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $543.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-24 19:40 EDT-0400)

RookieOfTheYear said:
I would suggest at least an AMD fx-6300 CPU for $10 less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The issue with that option is the fact that FX chips do not have integrated graphics and would be very poor even if they did, so the OP would need a discrete graphics card = spending more money in the end
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March 24, 2014 4:48:22 PM

Ok, I didn't know that. Thanks for the knowledge :-)
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March 24, 2014 4:54:38 PM

You really should get a graphic card to play battlefield, I'd suggest the AMD Radeon 260X or the Nvidia GTX 750!
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March 24, 2014 4:58:28 PM

RookieOfTheYear said:
Ok, I didn't know that. Thanks for the knowledge :-)


No problem :) 

Veziax said:
You really should get a graphic card to play battlefield, I'd suggest the AMD Radeon 260X or the Nvidia GTX 750!


Well if you have one of the new Kaveri A10s you don't /need/ one, but it's highly recommended if you want to avoid lag.
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March 25, 2014 5:45:32 PM

Mephikun said:
RookieOfTheYear said:
Ok, I didn't know that. Thanks for the knowledge :-)


No problem :) 

Veziax said:
You really should get a graphic card to play battlefield, I'd suggest the AMD Radeon 260X or the Nvidia GTX 750!


Well if you have one of the new Kaveri A10s you don't /need/ one, but it's highly recommended if you want to avoid lag.


Yeah but to play BF4 you SHOULD get a graphic card! I mean you could run those games with an APU but it
would be better if you had dedicated graphics!
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March 25, 2014 7:46:36 PM

I don't recommend it at all hence why in my above builds I recommended discrete graphics. But I wanted to point out it isn't 100% needed.
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