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January 25, 2013 5:19:47 PM

Hello guys, coming once more for another super cheap build. These builds are tricky and I'm not all too sure what would even work when it gets this cheap. Hopefully you guys can help.

Approximate Purchase Date: March 2013
Budget Range: Strict $300 (+\- $20) after shipping/rebates
System Usage: Gaming/Basic web surfing etc.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything except peripherals
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com
Location: Charlotte, NC
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: No.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: Low settings
Why Are You Upgrading: Need a gaming PC that can play modern games at their lowest settings with fluidity.

This is obviously for the worst graphics/best performance in games. I'm aware the budget is a little ludicrous but we really can't pass that point. Thanks for the advice, as always.
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 5:27:07 PM

This is my best shot at a super low-budget gaming machine. It is a hair over your $300 price mark, but I personally wouldn't make any compromises.

If you have any questions, just ask.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LK PLUS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.12 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $317.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 14:25 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 6:03:55 PM

I don't want to sound like a jerk, but truthfully, with that kind of money the best gaming experience is an Xbox or PS3.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 6:27:09 PM

The APU's do a pretty good job at gaming. Plus you get all the great things that a computer can do and a console can't.

There is no sole purpose for this computer, and gaming happens to be one of the tasks that the OP wants to do.
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 6:39:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.17 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $315.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 15:39 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 7:49:07 PM

zared619 said:
This is my best shot at a super low-budget gaming machine. It is a hair over your $300 price mark, but I personally wouldn't make any compromises.

If you have any questions, just ask.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LK PLUS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.12 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $317.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 14:25 EST-0500)


This is a fantastic build. I have to admit I'm rather impressed, however what kind of GPU could we add later on if we were to decide on adding something like that? What would be the best GPU option down the road? I also like the case ScrewySqrl recommended. Cheaper and has the nice side panel.

twelve25 said:
I don't want to sound like a jerk, but truthfully, with that kind of money the best gaming experience is an Xbox or PS3.


I agree, but my friend already has a 360. The sole purpose of this build is for general use and online gaming when we all decide to get on and play together. I personally don't have a 360 and would rather not pay for their online service either.
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 8:02:21 PM

bulldozer doesn't have built in gpu though, A8-A10 chips do, so you can game on them fairly decently for light gaming and if later, add a gpu.
January 25, 2013 8:33:48 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($16.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital AV 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $323.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 17:33 EST-0500)\

Id take that over a APU for gaming anyday...
January 25, 2013 8:51:05 PM

Alright, I'll give it a go:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zz69
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zz69/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zz69/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec NSK4482 ATX Mid Tower Case w/380W Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg) (Not 100% sure this will run a 7770)
Total: $315.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 17:50 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 8:59:07 PM

I'm lucky I live in SoCal the land of tech deals.saw today Frys ad and I pick these up for a build tonight.
AMD A10 5700 and Msi FM2-a75MA-E35 mobo $136 after 15 mir
Cooler Master HAF 912 45
Corsair TX 550 Modular psu 52 after 10 mir
Patriot 8GB Hyper 1600Mz 36

Then I'll order a Sumsung 840 Series Mz-7 TD 120GB ssd for $80 from Newegg.

a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 9:15:52 PM

The AMD APU's are the way to go for such a low budget
January 25, 2013 9:17:10 PM

Ordered a Seagate 500GB hhd from TigerDirect. Total build $389 and very little compromises in performance. Frys does mail order too.
January 25, 2013 9:26:12 PM

Yeah but a low end sandy bridge and a dedicated card WILL be faster.
January 25, 2013 9:27:57 PM

Goodeggray said:
I'm lucky I live in SoCal the land of tech deals.saw today Frys ad and I pick these up for a build tonight.
AMD A10 5700 and Msi FM2-a75MA-E35 mobo $136 after 15 mir
Cooler Master HAF 912 45
Corsair TX 550 Modular psu 52 after 10 mir
Patriot 8GB Hyper 1600Mz 36

Then I'll order a Sumsung 840 Series Mz-7 TD 120GB ssd for $80 from Newegg.

Are you serious? Why not use that extra $80 on a CPU/Video card???? You really wanna get 15fps just so you can have windows boot up faster???? with $380 you could get a Pentium G860 and HD 7770.
January 25, 2013 9:48:46 PM

I have 4 other computers already. I had no intention of building another, but I saw the ads today and this thread. if you drop the SSD this build will fit the $300 give or take $20. I have a copy of 7 ult OEM siting around and I wanted to play around with APU. Not even sure if I'll kept it or give it away later. The problem with a $300 build is compromises have to be made in quality or price. I wanted to that with a little luck and shopping around a quality build can be done. I think the case, psu and hhd is good parts for any build no matter the budget and can be kept to be use in any future build. To fit the budget the AMD 10 is a good compromise. More money can also be more performance, but the budget is only $300.
January 25, 2013 9:55:18 PM

Goodeggray said:
I have 4 other computers already. I had no intention of building another, but I saw the ads today and this thread. if you drop the SSD this build will fit the $300 give or take $20. I have a copy of 7 ult OEM siting around and I wanted to play around with APU. Not even sure if I'll kept it or give it away later. The problem with a $300 build is compromises have to be made in quality or price. I wanted to that with a little luck and shopping around a quality build can be done. I think the case, psu and hhd is good parts for any build no matter the budget and can be kept to be use in any future build. To fit the budget the AMD 10 is a good compromise. More money can also be more performance, but the budget is only $300.

The cheap asrock is made with quality parts, but less features (you won't need them on a budget build). If you are trying to seriously game, a APU won't cut it.
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 9:59:50 PM

blake1243 said:
The cheap asrock is made with quality parts, but less features (you won't need them on a budget build). If you are trying to seriously game, a APU won't cut it.


Serious gaming $300 ain't going to cut it period. lol.
January 25, 2013 10:05:55 PM

getochkn said:
Serious gaming $300 ain't going to cut it period. lol.

A pentium G860 and HD 7770 will play most games at 1080p medium-high at around 30-70 fps.
January 25, 2013 10:11:50 PM

I'm not here to debate merits of parts. I checked your computer no wonder you're pushing those parts. In SoCal for another $80 I can drop the A10 and mobo at $136 and go to Microcenter and Frys and get a i3 3225, Msi Z77a-G41 and a 7770 for $220, but he dosen't $380. As I said money will be save on the long run a new case, hhd, memory and psu can be carried forward.
January 25, 2013 10:18:38 PM

A Z77 motherboard and 7770 is a very dumb way to go, but suite yourself. And its not even my primary. I built it on blackfriday to replace my living room console, and it did. I play any CoD at 60fps at 1080p, BF3 1080p medium 30-40 fps, saints row the third 1080p high 45 fps. When you can get that performance out of a APU i want you to send me a message, ok?
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 10:49:57 PM

An APU is good if you don't want a discrete VGA cards and you are not going to play any games with high-end 3D Graphics. The biggest advantage with blake's build is the upgrade path. Later you can upgrade to all the way to a i7 if you wanted and the FM2 socket has nothing as good as a mid-ranged i3 let alone a i5 or i7.
January 25, 2013 10:57:28 PM

I can get the Z77 board for $20. I'm sure you paid a lot more for your H61. How is the dumb.
January 25, 2013 11:08:49 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.17 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $315.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 15:39 EST-0500)


I second this build.

It's just a well balanced rig:

The integrated graphics are decent and the processor is stronger than a celeron.

January 25, 2013 11:10:02 PM

Goodeggray said:
I can get the Z77 board for $20. I'm sure you paid a lot more for your H61. How is the dumb.

Wow, $20 for a Z77?
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 11:49:50 PM

Cracked $300.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $294.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 20:49 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 11:51:10 PM

Combo deal

1x Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W 20+4 pin connector Power Supply (Model:R103A)

$49.99

1x GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Model:GA-A55M-DS2)

$64.99

1x AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D AD3300OJHXBOX (Model:AD3300OJHXBOX)

$39.99

1x G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT (Model:F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT)

$23.99

MSI R6770 ddr5



1x Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST500DM002)

$59.99

$305

January 26, 2013 1:20:20 AM

If you are just talking gaming, the processor doesn't need to be "balanced" it just needs to keep up with the card. A low end Sandy Bridge Celeron or Pentium will easily keep up with a 7750 or 7770.

Heck, if I could find a cheap e8400 refurb + 7770 I'd take that over a A10 anyday for games.



a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 1:59:00 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Intel Pentium D 915 LGA775 CPU - 2.8GHz, 2MB Cache (Refurb) ($19.99 @ OutletPC)
Other: Foxconn G41MXE LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($39.99 @ NewEgg)
Total: $300.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 22:58 EST-0500)
January 26, 2013 2:57:35 AM

Pentium D!!!! Are you trying to punish the OP? :) 

a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 3:19:10 AM

twelve25 said:
Pentium D!!!! Are you trying to punish the OP? :) 


:lol: 

Just seeing what I could come up with and having a dedicated GPU in it. I don't even think that would be possible. Forget bottleneck, that would be like sucking a golf ball through a straw. Just no way to game on $300 (oh, wait, PS3 or XBOX, I forgot)
January 26, 2013 3:31:25 AM

Blake,
At Microcenter when you buy a i3 3225 for $120 or a i5 3570 for $190 you get a $40 discount on any compatible mobo. So a MSIZ77A-G41 LGA 1155 ATX list for $120 less $35 store discount less $25 MIR less $40 bundle savings for a net of $20. So you get a i3 3225 and a Z77 mobo for about what most places charge for just the cpu.
January 26, 2013 3:47:28 AM

Blake,
People are envious of tech price in the USA but CA has crazy tech prices for the USA. I did Xmas gift build from parts I got over black Friday. I got a Intel Celeron G550, 8G Corsair value memory, H61 mobo and a Antec HCG 400watt modular psu for $85 plus tax total no mir.
January 26, 2013 3:48:18 AM

There are a lot of very interesting suggestions here for sure. I'm starting to doubt the APU path however. How viable is the Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor/Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card build?

I would prefer the build have it's own dedicated GPU, so blake1243's suggestion is looking rather appealing. Honestly for $20 more that build is looking far more solid for a longer time period.
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 3:53:40 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zDi2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zDi2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zDi2/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.85 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.12 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.17 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $290.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 00:52 EST-0500)

Total: $290.09

this is what u can hope for at the 300$ mark.

January 27, 2013 2:10:41 AM

Pentium G860 and i3's have a difference of about 3-5 fps. The 7750 absolutely wipes the table with the APU lol. APU's are great for laptops that can't be upgraded, or HTCP's.
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 2:12:04 AM

well that depends of what game blake, also his budget is highly limited.

January 27, 2013 2:14:57 AM

iceclock said:
well that depends of what game blake, also his budget is highly limited.

Other than the fact that it will be substantially superior to the APU, the upgrade option is even bigger. In about a year just throw a i5 in there, upgrade video card and you got a nice gaming machine!
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 2:20:27 AM

i guess.

or keep the quadcore and add a better video.

January 27, 2013 2:24:50 AM

iceclock said:
i guess.

or keep the quadcore and add a better video.

The quadcore APU's will bottleneck a high end GPU easily. Remember, they are like athlons.. they don't even have l3 cache.
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 2:27:27 AM

no because u can shut it down.

and runa dedicated gpu.

a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 2:28:15 AM

meh i dunno. i just did this on what i talt he could afford.

nice simple build for everyday use.
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 12:06:52 PM

the A10 Quadcore, as a CPU alone, trades blows with the i3 in most non-gaming applications (i3 a little faster is single threaded, A10 a little faster in multithread, but both within striking range of each other), the on board 7660D performs like a discrete 6670, and will crossfire with a 6670 as well. (the two together give you something between a 6770 and 7770). As is, the on-board will give you a playable 30 fps at 1600x900 at medium settings in most games, and with most MMOs, it'll handle 1920x1080 st low-medium settings.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-5800k-a8-5600k-...

January 27, 2013 12:13:05 PM

That bench mark is with descrete.... A Pentium g860+7770 has a better upgrade path and is alot better in games.
January 27, 2013 12:54:36 PM

Many fantastic suggestions, I really appreciate it guys. I'm going to look up a couple of benchmarks but honestly I think Blake's suggestion is the best long term solution. As always this has proven to be the best and most efficient forum out there for these types of discussions.
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 1:39:25 PM

his suggestion is nice except its Base Total: $338.93

40$ over ur budget.

January 27, 2013 2:31:51 PM

iceclock said:
his suggestion is nice except its Base Total: $338.93

40$ over ur budget.

That is true but I'm sure my friend can scrape an extra dozen or two together. Given the longevity of a dedicated GPU over an APU, I think the couple extra bucks is worth it. IIRC I do believe Blake also suggested parts for my current personal build, which I am greatly satisfied with.
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 2:43:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zSUk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zSUk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zSUk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.85 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.12 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.17 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $356.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 11:43 EST-0500)

Base Total: $340.08
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $356.05

a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 3:46:50 PM

the only problem I see with all these mentiums is ther are dual core, which Toms no longer can recommend:

Quote:
Although it isn't yet live on the site, we just finished up the testing for our latest sub-$200 gaming CPU comparison. Without going into detail on our findings, we saw that, more than ever, today's games require a quad-core processor to realize their best performance.


emphasis mine. Dual core cant hack it any more
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 3:47:56 PM

yes i agree, but games can still run on dualcores. most games arent optimized for quadcores fully. its just a start for him, than he can upgrade to a quad when he gets more money.

a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 3:49:19 PM

why waste money on a CPU you will throw away in less than a year?

the A10 build is good enough for most games at 1290x1080 on low/medium settings. It will see you though at least 2-3 years of gaming.


Heck, an AMD 8-core and Tahiti GPU is the next console generation due out late this year
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