add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube

£300 Budget gaming (APU Build)

jamesreid

62 months ago

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Yg8Ct6

This is another super cheap mid performance gaming rig for those on a budget.

Pros: Very Cheap, Low Power Consumtion, 60+ FPS on medium settings with games like Battlefield 4 at 720p, 30+ FPS on medium settings with games like battlefield 4 at 1080p, Pretty good overclocking ability, Super quite, Pretty Small

Cons: Can't do high settings very well at 720p, Can't do high settings at all at 1080p, Limited Upgradability

Really liking these new APU Chips.. These seem ideal bring in new PC Gamers.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me, that's not mid performance... That's a cheap general use, low performance system.

I'd recommend a bigger power supply... A good 500w at least. The reason is that then you have the ability to add a dedicated gpu later on. The 300W you have isn't even enough for the ultra low power Nvidia 750ti, which is a low end gaming gpu.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv57qDXpEPU

The whole point is about getting something to start with. it's not for upgrading.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Elvenson is right; no offence but APUs just aren't for gaming. Game Debate rates most of their Radeon graphics a 1 at the lowest and 3 at the highest. You're probably better off with an Intel CPU with integrated graphics, it would probably do a better job. I recommend an ATX motherboard (Micro ATX can get cramped) with onboard USB 3.0 - your case supports 3.0 on its front panel so I recommend changing that. Also as Elvenson said get a 500-550W PSU. That should be all, just remember you won't get 60FPS on BF4, sorry. Good luck!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

For the tight budget, an apu is not bad. Intels cost more... But the apu performance is pretty good on the cpu side of things when paired with a dedicated gpu. They have better frame rates than many fx cpus at least. It's really a solid choice for a cheap all around desktop which can play some games well. It's just definitely not a mid range game system without a dedicated gpu added on.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know the CPU is pretty good but personally I would prefer an Intel because the graphics on the APUs are just not for gaming. Modern Intel integrated graphics (not counting Iris) can run some games with respectable framerates

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, no argument there. Apu is a good budget decision for a decent quad core though. Much cheaper than the i5

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I left room for a better graphics card to be added in later. Speaking of graphics card, here's some benchmarks on this one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor £49.14 @ Aria PC
Motherboard ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £35.03 @ Amazon UK
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £30.96 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card MSI Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card £65.10 @ Scan.co.uk
Case Zalman ZM-T3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case £19.46 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply £31.15 @ Aria PC
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer £11.89 @ CCL Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £282.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-04 23:39 GMT+0000

Sort

add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube