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February 3, 2013 12:47:06 AM

Hey all I'm trying to find componets to build a low-mid lvl system for daily use and SOME gameing.
The the newest and ONLY system i've ever used is a 2008 acer Aspire 4720Z Laptop that is beginning to show problems. So I would like to try and build a system that would replace it and let me play some game if only in low-mid settings.

Games that I Know I'd like to play are Mount&Blade:WFAS,the Guild Series(NOT GUILD WARS)Battlefield(any that would be playable)COD,Total war Series,Possibly Crysis.

I Have an 8yr old 17" Monitor with 1280x1024 Res that I will be using until i decide weather i want to upgrade it.
And For the INTIAL build i will be using ONLY the graphic from the APU (PLEASE ADVISE ON THIS)

Now here are the things that I have decided on and any hints,opinons,experiences,advice, or better componets for near same price would greatly appreciated.THE APU AND MOTHERBOARD ARE THE ONLY ITEM THAT I HAVE DECIDED ON,the rest is just ideas.

AMD A10-5800K

Asus F2A85-V Pro MoBO

HDD Toshiba 1TB 7200 SataIII (Only chosen because Toshiba 1Tb is same price as other brands 500GB)
I Plan i getting a SSD Later when i can afford one.Hopefully that will bring the performance up a bit.

Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer

PSU Are these Usable for this setup??Please Note if any are NOT compatible with MoBo
Corsair CMPSU-600G 600-Watt Gaming Series GS600 Power Supply
Corsair GS Series GS600 CP-9020012-NA 600W Power Supply
Coolmax ZU-500B 500W Power Supply
Thermaltake SP-630P Smart 630-Watt Power Supply
Thermaltake TR-600 TR2 ATX Power Supply
Thermaltake SP-530P Smart Power 530W Power Supply
Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt
Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply V2
I Don't Know anything about PSU's Need somthing compatible with my MoBo and ~$90 max
Also, How likely is it that i would be needing all 3 PCIe slots at the same Time? would a PSU with only 2x 6/8 PCIe connectors be ample?

Case Possible Choices:
Ultra XBlaster Mid-Tower V2 Case
Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case(Like it best but a little pricey Is it Worth it??)
Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430
Ultra Gladiator Mid-Tower Case
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
(Preferrably ATX Mid Tower with good airflow ~$50, Open to Opinions)
Is there any noticable heat differnce between bottom and top mounted PSU Cases?

Memory:2x4GB 1866MHz (brand not decided yet any suggestions appreciated)

Obviously there are alot of choices and not sure if they would all work. So Please If you can give me any experience or advice on any of the above
BTW All these came from TigerDirect.com

Thanks in advance for any info that you all can provide

February 3, 2013 1:26:22 AM

TheN00bBuilder said:
You will probably never need all 3 PCIE slots. Here is the best (and cheapest) build I could make; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B95b


I may be wrong with this, but why include an addictional CPU cooler? He isn't overclocking it so why is it needed?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2013 2:05:31 AM

It's just a good idea. He can choose not to buy it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2013 4:47:52 AM

Hi. Here's a potential AMD build that will let you play those games at mid-high settings at that resolution if you don't need an OS. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $498.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 01:42 EST-0500)

Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-th...
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February 3, 2013 1:42:26 PM

pcgamer12345 said:
I may be wrong with this, but why include an addictional CPU cooler? He isn't overclocking it so why is it needed?


I am glad that the CPU cooler was brought up as I went looking at options for the FM2 Socket and couldn't find one that had FM2 as supported. Is the FM2 Mount Clips Compatible with the Coolers that are for other Sockets, AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1??
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February 3, 2013 3:05:26 PM

Maxitout said:
I am glad that the CPU cooler was brought up as I went looking at options for the FM2 Socket and couldn't find one that had FM2 as supported. Is the FM2 Mount Clips Compatible with the Coolers that are for other Sockets, AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1??
They will work, unless the board secures it differently then the CPU heatsink adaptors have.
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February 3, 2013 6:13:32 PM

Ok got a question about Graphic card.I read one review somewhere that said the HD6670 was only avaliable to run dual graphic mode with the DDR3 but not the DDR5. Is this True.
Are there other cards besides the 6670 and 6570 that can run dual graphics with the HD 7660D.
Also would it be possible to run two HD6670's in dual graphic mode with the APU? and if so would it be better than buying a $150-200 card. BTW I Know NOTHING about graphic cards. crossfireing or dual graphics.
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February 3, 2013 8:04:24 PM

You're better off buying a discrete graphics card. The only reason to go with an APU is you're on a limited budget and will only use the integrated graphics.
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February 3, 2013 9:49:25 PM

johnsonjohnson said:
You're better off buying a discrete graphics card. The only reason to go with an APU is you're on a limited budget and will only use the integrated graphics.

I am aware of that.
However I am on a budget and my plans are to use the APU until I can afford a discrete card.But I am interested in others opinions of all possiblities. And would like to find out as much information about EVERYTHING as I can.
which includes the questions in my last post.
Also although I would like to play some games and perhaps new ones as well I am not one of the Gaming type people that likes to Max out everything.If i could play games smoothly in mid-high settings i would be more than happy.
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February 3, 2013 11:33:39 PM

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Probably the highest you will ever get with APU graphics is a 1080P video.

A game will never run.

I'm happy with 480P or 720P never seen what 1080P looks like so I won't be loosing anything
And i've read some reviews on it being able to play games in mid-high settings.But if possible I'd like someone to post about it that has actually tried it.
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February 14, 2013 12:03:38 AM

Best answer selected by Maxitout.
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