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Need help! Planning to buy a budget gaming PC

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February 7, 2013 3:49:36 AM

I'm new here but I have been reading posts here lately. I hope I'm on the right section.

Anyway, I am on a serious budget since I will only use my allowance. Also, I am taking advantage on the "savings" package offered by the seller.

I do more online gaming. Some not demanding (like Ragnarok Online :love:  ) and some DOTA or HON and the likes. Some Call of Duty and the likes. Due to my low budget, it will be fine for me if I cannot play in HIGH settings on the new games. Other than that I will just be surfing the internet and watch some movies.

I can only choose what RAM and VCARD to upgrade but I won't have any choice on any other. These are my choices:

Choice #1:
Dual Core A4-5300 3.6Ghz Processor
Gigabyte / MSI FM2-A55 Motherboard
- ATI Radeon HD7480D Graphics
- Built-in LAN
- Built-in HD Audio
8GB(2x4GB) G.Skill RIpjawsX RED DDR3 1333 [or 8GB(2x4GB) G.Skill RIpjawsX RED DDR3 1600]- upgraded
Hitachi Desktar 500GB 16MB Sata 6Gbps
PC Case w/ 600W Power Supply
NOTE: I picked 1333 on the RAM because on the reviews I have read, this APU cannot run 1600 and will crash. Any advice would be welcome. :D 

Choice #2
Triple Core Athlon II X3 455 3.3Ghz
Emaxx MCP61D3-iCafe v2.0 (or Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P AM3+)
- Nvidia 7025 Graphics
- Built-in LAN
- Built-in HD Audio
4GB DDR3 1333 Memory Module - upgraded
Gainward GT210 1GB GDDR3 (or Powercolor HD5450 1GB GDDR3) - upgraded
Hitachi Desktar 500GB 16MB Sata 6Gbps
PC Case w/ 600W Power Supply

These are the only Package I can pick since others are more expensive or not for good gaming. These two choices will almost have the same price. Please help! Which is the better choice for the same money. I'm confused! :heink: 

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February 7, 2013 4:26:15 AM

The APU would be better. That video card is pretty low end though and you would be better of with the integrated graphics and save up for a better video card to do a hybrid crossfire with the integrated graphics.
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February 7, 2013 4:27:01 AM

Have you looked in to picking the parts individually? I built my system for a little over $500. I happened to have two extra gtx 240s that I'm running in SLI right now, so I didn't buy a gpu yet. The rest is decent though.
AMD Phenom IIx4 965 BE cpu @ 4.2ghz
ASUS M5A99X-EVO mobo
4 GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1333 (O.C. to 1600)
Using the on-board LAN and audio as well
Antec 300 case
Raidmax 530w psu
Rocketfish universal HSF from bestbuy
WD Carvier Blue 500GB 7200rpm sata 6

I get temps around 56 or 57 under full load for hours from stress tests and I can run any of my games on max, (Arkham City, the Mass Effect trio, DA:o  and DAII, LoL, DCUO.) Not sure if any of them are as demanding as what you play but it does great with them.
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February 7, 2013 4:45:23 AM

rds1220 said:
The APU would be better. That video card is pretty low end though and you would be better of with the integrated graphics and save up for a better video card to do a hybrid crossfire with the integrated graphics.

Thank you sir! :)  Can you give any advice about the A4-5300 having 1333 or 1600 of RAM?

mdadney said:
Have you looked in to picking the parts individually? I built my system for a little over $500. I happened to have two extra gtx 240s that I'm running in SLI right now, so I didn't buy a gpu yet. The rest is decent though.
AMD Phenom IIx4 965 BE cpu @ 4.2ghz
ASUS M5A99X-EVO mobo
4 GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1333 (O.C. to 1600)
Using the on-board LAN and audio as well
Antec 300 case
Raidmax 530w psu
Rocketfish universal HSF from bestbuy
WD Carvier Blue 500GB 7200rpm sata 6

I get temps around 56 or 57 under full load for hours from stress tests and I can run any of my games on max, (Arkham City, the Mass Effect trio, DA:o  and DAII, LoL, DCUO.) Not sure if any of them are as demanding as what you play but it does great with them.

For now, I don't have the money to pick individually since I'm new and I'm taking advantage of the savings package. $500 would be about twice my budget (converted to my currency). Anyway, thanks you! :) 
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February 7, 2013 4:51:06 AM

In most cases RAM speeds don't make a whole lot of difference in real world performance but with APU's faster RAM is better especially if you are using integrated graphics.
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February 7, 2013 4:58:24 AM

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February 7, 2013 5:01:15 AM

rds1220 said:
In most cases RAM speeds don't make a whole lot of difference in real world performance but with APU's faster RAM is better especially if you are using integrated graphics.

Thank you sir. I appreciate it. I don't know if there are already threads here on how to deal with the A4-5300's problem with 1600 RAM but if you do know can you answer me here? :) 
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February 7, 2013 5:14:07 AM

Thank you for all the help sir rds! Totally appreciate it! :) 
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