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mITX AMD APU Build worth it? £500

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April 8, 2014 4:50:44 PM

Hi there,
I've decided to build a mITX build however i'm looking into APU and im wondering whether they're worth it and whether this build is good. The games i play is ARMA 3, LoL, DayZ and Source games like CS:GO however im thinking of buying BF4 as well.

Feedback would be lovely but also you can change the parts to help me out.
Kuran

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor (£119.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£82.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£73.22 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: AMD R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£80.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case (£68.72 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£36.39 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £509.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 8, 2014 4:53:00 PM

If you want to play those games at more than lowest settings (excluding Source games), I would not go for an APU build. You REALLY need a dedicated GPU for any real gaming.
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April 8, 2014 4:54:00 PM

tiny voices said:
If you want to play those games at more than lowest settings (excluding Source games), I would not go for an APU build. You REALLY need a dedicated GPU for any real gaming.


Could you recommend me a build then?
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April 8, 2014 4:56:01 PM

Does it have to be mITX?
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April 8, 2014 4:56:51 PM

tiny voices said:
Does it have to be mITX?


small form factor would be nice like mITX or maybe MATX
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April 8, 2014 5:02:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£45.44 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.02 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.75 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£169.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £525.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 8, 2014 5:04:52 PM

From what I've read, the new APUs are fascinating, but AMD need to put a bit more work into them, and they'll only really catch on if developers take advantage of the features and start making games with the APUs in mind. Right now it's not worth doing if you are building a system to get the best performance on a budget.
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April 8, 2014 5:18:21 PM

tiny voices said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£45.44 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.02 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.75 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£169.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £525.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Is this too expensive?

+1 - For £525 you won't beat this really. If it were me and I was considering buying this system, I'd probably push it to £550 and get a 1TB HDD, possibly a slightly nicer GTX760 and a more aesthetically appealing case, but it's absolutely bang on.

You can do a similar build on ITX just by swapping to an Asus H81I Plus and CM Elite 130 for around £5 extra, though whether or not it's worth the compromise is down to opinion.
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April 9, 2014 2:31:48 AM

tiny voices said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£45.44 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.02 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.75 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£169.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £525.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-09 01:01 BST+0100)

Is this too expensive?


Sorry i forgot to mention, i already have 600W power supply and optical drive which will cut down the price a bit, but thank you for the help :) 
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April 9, 2014 3:11:02 AM

KuranM said:
tiny voices said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£45.44 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.02 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.75 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£169.98 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.09 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £525.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-09 01:01 BST+0100)

Is this too expensive?


Sorry i forgot to mention, i already have 600W power supply and optical drive which will cut down the price a bit, but thank you for the help :) 


If you don't need the PSU or the optical drive, i would highly suggest that you put that money + another £20 into a GTX770.
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