Comprehensive Gaming PC Guide Discussion - V
What do you think of this build? It's a close variation on one of the TL;DR builds.
I'm mainly going to be playing WOW and possibly getting into ArmAII (roommate is a big fan). I also do some Photoshop/Illustrator work every so often for fun.
I need a good motherboard and cpu that stay with in my budget $150, I was looking at the new amd A6 5400k cpu with either the biostar fm2 ta75 MB or the msi fm2 a75 MB.
Is there a better cpu mb combo that would perform better that stays with in my budget or should I stick with what I am currently looking at ? which ever cpu mb is best in that price range it will be built with 8g g skill sniper 1866 ddr3, corsair 750 psu, evga gtx 550 ti, and a 1tb hard drive.
This is a hard choice for me being that I am a intel guy but being that they are well above my price range I have decided to look at the amd chip set.
I should also say that this computer will be used for playing wow and a few other games( nothing to graphic intense) and streaming videos.
Thanks for the quick response back.
I was also looking at that but is it able to be OC being that it is not a K series? and if not wouldent be a performance lose to the A6 or A8 being that they are both overclockable?
Overclocking won't make up for the performance difference between the i3 and the A6 or A8. You really only want to get an APU if you don't already have a graphics card, which you do.
Also I have read reviews that many people that are using the AMD A series cpu with discreet graphic cards and OC are having great results.
This is going to make my choice on a cpu much harder to pick best performance for the price.
Thanks for the feed back.
A GTX 550/Radeon 6950/Radeon 7970 paired with an i3-3220 will perform much better than those same cards paired with an A6 or A8.
I use an i3-2120 and a Radeon 6950 and I have little trouble maxing out most games. The only time my computer really struggles is with mutliplayer in games like Crysis 2 or massive (150+ players) battles in Planetside 2.
So the only older componete is my video card and I have tried everything else to resolve the lower fps aside from replacing the video card. The cpu is OC to 4.5ghz and the video card has a mild OC using the catalyst control center, 16g ram and using kingston hyper x 3k to run the game should be more then enough to max out wow.
But for now my sons build will use the gtx 550 until after christmas then maybe I will put my 6950 in it, I am really considering the I3-3220 vs one of the A series cpu. Just hope its worth the extra money.
Is there going to be any big difference performance wise to justify the increase in price? or am I better off sticking with the cheaper I3 combo.
I can do the OC on the FX-6300 because I all ready have a spare H100 for better cooling but if there is little difference over the I3-3220 even when OC'ed I would rather avoid doing so for a 14 year olds computer.
Thanks for all of your help.
But since you have a spare H100, why not get the best performance possible then?
It's a gateway DX4300-15e.
Processor / Chipset
Type AMD Phenom II X4 810 / 2.6 GHz
Number of Cores Quad-Core
CPU Qty 1.0
Max CPU Qty 1.0
CPU Upgradability Upgradable
Chipset Type AMD 780G
Installed Size L2 cache - 6.0 MB
Installed Size 8.0 GB / 8.0 GB (max)
Technology DDR II SDRAM
Upgrade Rule Max 2 x 2 GB module
Thanks so much!
Also I have to take in consideration that if I were to buy the FX-6300 and OC I would need to spend more money for a better MB to accomadate the abillity to OC.
MB: ASUS M5A7L-M LX
CPU: Phenom II x4 965
GPU: EVGA GeForce 9800 GT
what can ya suggest for upgrades to boost FPS in wow, thats all i really use this pc for. What i was thinking is upgrading the GPU, but i was wondering if upgrading the GPU increases fps or is that more so from the CPU or both? Also do i really need to look into overclocking? as i have never OC'd a computer but have been looking into it
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