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.
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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.