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June 26, 2013 2:41:14 PM

I'm going to be building a budget PC soon with OS. So currently this is the build I have in mind : Under $500

CPU - AMD A10-5800K APU 3.6Ghz
Mobo - MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Socket FM2 AMD A55 Chipset
HDD - 320GB 5400 RPM
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit
PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 430 Watt 80
Case - Enermax CLIPEUS ECA3212-BL USB3.0 Black ATX Mid Tower
OS - Windows 8 64-Bit OEM
(I didn't get a video card cause I want it to be under $500 at least)

I'm not a computer expert but I am learning the basics, so I was wondering if this computer is good enough for gaming (BF3, Arma 2, Skyrim etc).

Is this building good enough for the average gamer?

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June 26, 2013 2:45:05 PM

Yes. It will provide good frame rates at 720P or lower. Any higher resolution than that and you will have to really lower games' graphic settings quite a bit. That kind of budget PC is exactly what the APUs were designed for. I built an HTPC with that chip. It did a nice job gaming at 1366x768.
June 26, 2013 2:52:45 PM

clutchc said:
Yes. It will provide good frame rates at 720P or lower. Any higher resolution than that and you will have to really lower games' graphic settings quite a bit. That kind of budget PC is exactly what the APUs were designed for. I built an HTPC with that chip. It did a nice job gaming at 1366x768.
Thanks for replying :)  also I've been hearing that AMD's overheat and thats what I'm most afraid of. Should I get an aftermarket cooler or liquid cooling?

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June 26, 2013 3:02:31 PM

No, not right away. That is a mid sized ATX case and looks to have good airflow. Yes, the A10 is a 100W APU with a dinky stock cooler, but it is sufficient. My HTPC was very small and it still managed to keep it within limits. Just be sure you have an intake an exhaust fan at minimum and with the ventilated top for convection, you should be fine.

If you are planning on O/C'ing it however, then YES. By all means grab an aftermarket cooler. Liq cooling is un-necessary.
June 27, 2013 9:53:59 AM

clutchc said:
No, not right away. That is a mid sized ATX case and looks to have good airflow. Yes, the A10 is a 100W APU with a dinky stock cooler, but it is sufficient. My HTPC was very small and it still managed to keep it within limits. Just be sure you have an intake an exhaust fan at minimum and with the ventilated top for convection, you should be fine.

If you are planning on O/C'ing it however, then YES. By all means grab an aftermarket cooler. Liq cooling is un-necessary.
Alrighty, thanks a lot!

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