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Future-Proof Budget Rig

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February 8, 2013 12:03:52 PM

After a multi-year absence from the PC gaming circuit I'm looking to enter the fray once more. My objective is to build a budget PC that has a stable enough base to allow for gradual upgrades over the next few years. The CPU / Motherboard combo suggested to me is the AMD A-10 5800K and ASUS F2A85.

So, a few questions:
1) Will Socket FM2 AMD chips be around for a few years?
2) Is AMD FM2 a decent base to start a gaming* rig? That is, do I need to be looking at a different chipset entirely?
*when I say "gaming", I an not concerned with running the latest and greatest games at full detail at the highest resolution possible. I've got a huge catalog of older games (Doom 3, RCT3, Homeworld 2, Company of Heroes, etc.) to work through, with some newer games I'm interested in (Starcraft II, Crysis 2, etc.)
3) Down the road, I do plan to buy a dedicated GPU. Once I do that, will my CPU become the limiting factor for this build?

If it helps: My plan is to use that CPU / MOBO combo and use the other parts listed here to build my PC: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AOWd
I already own a suitable case, hard drive, and optical drives.

Thanks.
February 8, 2013 12:19:43 PM

I can't answer 1 particularly well, as AMD motherboards are not my speciality. However, if it really does get to be an unbearable bottlneck, you can always switch out the motherboard and CPU.

2) They're alright. You'll be able to run any game, but depending on the intensity of the game, you may only just be able to run at lowest settings in 720p.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/trinity-gaming-performanc...

3) Due to the aforementioned factor, I'd recommend upgrading as soon as possible. One of my friends has used a HD 7850 quite comfortable with that setup without bottlenecking. Going by the old "spend twice as much on the GPU as you do on the CPU" axiom, I'd recommend nothing more expensive than a HD 7870 or GTX 660.
February 8, 2013 1:19:16 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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February 8, 2013 1:27:26 PM

What is your budget and counrty?
February 8, 2013 1:36:01 PM

Thanks for putting the topic in the appropriate area. I wasn't sure if this was more of a CPU discussion or a system build discussion.

Cball: I'm located in he USA. Budget is to be determined, but cheaper is better. Take a look at the PCPartPicker link in my first post for where I'm headed. Like I said in my OP, I was mainly wondering how "future-proof" the AMD FM2 series is. Should I plan on being able to put a newer, better CPU in there two years from now?
February 8, 2013 1:47:32 PM

Go intel, better upgrades in the future.
LGA 1155 is currently the way you want to go for gaming, but its outdated a bit.
No such thing as future proof, ever.
Oh, and if you go Intel, i5 3470 (If not overclocking), i5 3570k (if overclocking)
February 8, 2013 1:50:40 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't go FM2. I would go with Intel and get a 1155 Pentium to upgrade to an i5 later. Get a dedicated card (at least a 7770).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $337.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 10:47 EST-0500)

and if you can go a little higher for 7850 (big jump in performance).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $397.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 10:50 EST-0500)
February 8, 2013 2:24:52 PM

Thanks for the input. I appreciate it!

Intel's new Haswell chips are supposed to drop June-ish. Will they be compatible with LGA 1155? From what I've seen, that answer is no?
February 8, 2013 2:50:23 PM

HardofHearing said:
Thanks for the input. I appreciate it!

Intel's new Haswell chips are supposed to drop June-ish. Will they be compatible with LGA 1155? From what I've seen, that answer is no?


No. Totally different socket. Plus, from the looks of it, there won't be much (if any) performance gains over Ivy.
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