This is my first time building a gaming PC, but I know a little here and there. I came up with a Newegg shopping list that I like, trying to maximize value. I especially like the AMD A10 APU.
So, I was just hoping I could get some other opinions and advise before I commit to this build. Thanks in advance!
In particular, I'm not sure about the power-supply. I got a well rated 380W, which I assume is enough. I didn't really do the math, since I have no idea how to do that well. The A10 is only 100W, and that's CPU and GPU, so I know the demand is pretty tame.
With your intention of gaming, your performance at the level of a budget you have, is pretty low.
You shouldn't be getting such an expensive case, for that matter an SSD at this price point. I'd focus on a general storage hard drive, you can always add a cache SSD later which doesn't require you to wipe your data but will give you a faster boot time. As great as the 5800K is, you really won't be gaming well on it. Also your RAM is WAYYYYY too much, 16GB is HIGHLY unnecessary. APU's rely on speed anyways NOT size.
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When you drop the 7870 down to the 7850, you only get a total of $570 before rebates which is well within your budget but gives you WAY more performance. A much better CPU and larger PSU as well as motherboard.
Yes. By far. Kills it isn't even an close. You're focusing too much on "efficiency" in terms of TDP, your power bill isn't going to increase 10 fold if you go with a GPU/CPU combo, it'll only perform better. The difference in power bill will probably only be like a couple bucks more a year and but the performance differences will be VERY noticeable.
The FX-6300 crushes the A10-5800K in benchmarks and the 7870, well it destroys the 7660D. You should keep in mind the 7660D isn't discrete, it's on the die it can only perform so well...
Your logic for 16GB? I still don't really get it, don't get me wrong. I understand the future proof, but does it really make sense to spend ~$20-$30 to get the extra 8GB? Just 8GB is enough to run most apps INCLUDING heavy Photoshop and video editing (that's what I do), but it's really up to you in your budget.
You're also thinking clock speeds. Clock speeds aren't all that matter, you should also be looking at architecture at which point the A10 is great, but the FX-6300 is better from the chip standpoint as shown above.
I've learned a lot, mostly about AMD vs. Intel, because I was never really aware how annoyingly better Intel is. I've always liked AMD for being interesting and having good value, I never really feel like they're riding their brand name as much as Intel. But oh well, such is the way of the world.
That being said, I feel like I should approach this somewhat differently. I'd like to have this PC be a companion for me. I'm a computer science major, and I'll be using a desktop as my primary... well, as my life, really... for ever. So I need to think about upgradability. If AMD stops being attractive around $600 PCs, then I need to start with Intel and work my way up their line. I need to have a mobo that can last quite a few upgrades.
I appreciate your help a lot, Aznshinobi, and if you have any suggestions for that sort of motherboard or... idk, anything, I'm still getting notifications for this forum. I wont be making purchases for a pretty long while, so I have time to to think. I'll go into this much better prepared now.
As for upgradability, then the FM2 or otherwise A10-5800K route is definitely not the right one AT ALL. If the trend follows, the APU chips from AMD will only be for that socket. IE A8-3870K was for the FM1, the newer updates are for FM2.
AM3+ or otherwise Piledriver/Bulldozer will be a lasting socket. AM3+ will stay for at least 1-2 more generations of chips AMD has said. Steamroller will be the next and Komoda (I believe) after that. Both should be on the same socket as Piledriver, that said Steamroller will be for sure.
It should be noted AMD predicts 10-15% performance increases for each upgrade. Piledriver did offer about a 12% increase over Bulldozer.