Page 1:Presenting Our New Budget Gaming PC
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Gaming Box
Page 7:Overclocking Our Budget AMD Platform
Page 8:How We Tested Our Budget Gaming PC
Page 9:Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Results: Audio And Video
Page 11:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 12:Results: Productivity
Page 13:Results: Compression
Page 14:Results: Arma 3 And Battlefield 4
Page 15:Results: Far Cry 3 And Grid 2
Page 16:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 17:Performance Summary
Page 18:Can Less Funding Compete For Top Value?
CPU And Cooler
Processor: AMD Athlon X4 750K
The Athlon X4 750K is a 32 nm Trinity-based APU with no graphics component. While not a conventional quad-core design, its pair of Piledriver modules still outperforms Intel's dual-core Pentium processors in many threaded workloads. This also can translate into a fairly potent gaming processor if and when the title in question effectively utilizes four threads.
The Athlon X4 750K sports a fairly modest 3.4 GHz base frequency, but ratchets up as high as 4 GHz with Turbo Core enabled. Of course, we also plan to bolster those clock rates, since AMD equips this K-series APU with an unlocked multiplier.
As a budget-oriented processor, the 750K employs 4 MB of shared L2 cache, lacking the L3 found on FX-series CPUs.
CPU Cooler: AMD Retail Boxed Heatsink & Fan
Our budget-oriented gaming build maximizes value by relying on AMD’s bundled heat sink to dissipate heat. It consists of a small, all-aluminum block topped with a 70 mm fan. The whole thing is fastened down by a single mounting clip.
We're expecting the thermal solution to offer some headroom for dabbling in overclocking without generating much noise. Best of all, it doesn't pull funds away from other performance-oriented parts.
- Presenting Our New Budget Gaming PC
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Gaming Box
- Overclocking Our Budget AMD Platform
- How We Tested Our Budget Gaming PC
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Arma 3 And Battlefield 4
- Results: Far Cry 3 And Grid 2
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- Can Less Funding Compete For Top Value?