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APU Gaming PC- 250$

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: 250- 280 USD Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, Itunes, Word Docs.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case, dvd drive, hdd, psu (Bestec ATX-250-12E REV: P7, Output 250W, 150W max for +5V, and +3.3V)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, newegg.com

Country:USA

Parts Preferences: AMD Fanatic

Overclocking: Yes, K10STAT light overclocking

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, AMD Dual Gpu later on

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Additional Comments: Light gaming pc: About at Xbox 360 graphics in 720p, I own a A4 mobile chip and i know APUs have the power for that, 16th birthday rolled buy and that's my budget so needs to be really close to that if not under.

My specs so far:

AMD A6-Series AD3500OJGXBOX Triple-Core A6-3500 APU - 3MB L2 Cache, 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo), Socket FM1, Radeon HD 6530D (320 Cores), Dual Graphics Ready, DirectX 11, 65W, Fan, Retail 79.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1148867&CatId=7182

BIOSTAR A55MH AMD A-Series Motherboard - Micro ATX, AMD A55 Chipset, 1866MHz DDR3, SATA 3.0 Gb/s, RAID, 6-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, AMD Dual Graphics Ready 59.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1269849&CatId=7242

Crucial Ballistix BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S0 Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered 34.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412141&CatId=4534

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English 99.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&CatId=306

Total: 274.99

I know its not the best but it should play games like Section 8 prejudice, Blacklight Tango Down, NFS, and COD with acceptable settings at 720p, I think Battlefield 3 but not shure about what the visual would look like. I am an AMD fanatic but at this price i don't even think a Intel can compete with Llano. But if you can build and absolute better Pentium PC I'll look into it.
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    You only really need 4GB of RAM for gaming, as far as I'm aware no game will even utilise any more than that so that could save a bit of cash.

    If there is any way for you to bump the budget up to about $300 (ideally $350 since you would want a new PSU) you could get an Intel based system that would blow this away. The Pentium G620 tends to perform similarly to the FX-8120 in games and the HD 6670 would be way better than A6 or even A8 graphics. At your budget however, Llano seems to be the only real option.
  2. The Llano is pretty good especially overclocked.
  3. Best answer selected by shawna593767.
  4. jmsellars1 said:
    You only really need 4GB of RAM for gaming, as far as I'm aware no game will even utilise any more than that so that could save a bit of cash.

    If there is any way for you to bump the budget up to about $300 (ideally $350 since you would want a new PSU) you could get an Intel based system that would blow this away. The Pentium G620 tends to perform similarly to the FX-8120 in games and the HD 6670 would be way better than A6 or even A8 graphics. At your budget however, Llano seems to be the only real option.


    Well for the RAM I plan on partitioning around 2-3 GB for the graphics so that put it a t 6-5GB for the system, And I know that Intel will blow AMD out of the water and plan on working the summer and build a i3 build later. But for my price point i thought AMD would work find to play console ports at 720p in mid high settings. (I own a Mobile A4 and it does a little lower than that, so desktop would obviously be faster.)
  5. Oh my gosh! Sorry, but I never thought it could be done! Good idea with partitioning the RAM, too.

    Wow. Just wow.
  6. What gaming in that price range, yea just any old tower with an acceptable sized psu and these components. Its not the fastest but people still game with AMD Athlon 64s and Core 2 Duo's and its better than that as a CPU/GPU package.
  7. What do you think of this APU build I put up for my website?

    http://www.budgetbuildpc.com/june-2012-300-apu-build/
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