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AmielFilarca

62 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/AmielFilarca/saved/fFdv6h

I mostly watch movies. I play Dota 2 and Counter strike: Global Offensive. I have a 1600x900 monitor. What do you think? Is it good? What should I change? What do you recommend? Thank you in advance!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

So I don't know a ton about CPU's, but I was considering the same one you are AMD A8-6600K. I compared it to the Intel Pentium G3258 (dual core), on CPUboss.com. It looks like the pentium is better, see here. http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-G3258-vs-AMD-A8-6600K

The G3258 scores higher, and is only $57 on amazon right now. You'd need to get an intel MB and gfx if you swap, but its something to consider if you want to save $$.

Here is a potential setup that runs on the intel.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $57.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $48.99 @ Mwave
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.70 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card $54.99 @ Micro Center
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $324.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 13:10 EST-0500

If you wanted to keep your FBM-01 micro atx mini, and not go with the case I suggested, I think the Power Supply could be better. The Case you are getting from amazon has an option to include a 450W power supply for only $20 more, (better than the 350W) you have selected.

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

CPUBoss puts a lot of emphasis on single-core performance, which is becoming largely irrelevant. Not that there's anything wrong with that Pentium. I'd prefer it to the 5350, but not necessarily the A8. With a discrete card, though, I'd possibly lean toward the Athlon 760k.

I changed the processor to the Athlon, and changed your RAM to one 4GB stick, which will make it easier to stick in another 4GB stick later when you want to upgrade to 8GB. I swapped the 250GB out for a 1TB HDD, but you could stick with the one from the first poster and stay under $300. Or, you could go with the smaller HDD and go ahead and upgrade to 8GB like the poster above. That's where the sweet spot is for performance/value.

PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rjVzWZ) / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus A88XM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $53.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $35.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card $54.99 @ Micro Center
Case Antec VSK-3000 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $313.82
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 13:31 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I would probably follow your list but it seems AMD Athlon X4 760K is not available in my country and I've read that AMD A8-6600K is the closest to it that is available here. What do you think? Does it make too much difference?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The Athlon 760k is the same processor as the A8-6600k without the built-in GPU. If budget is a primary concern, you might be satisfied with just the graphics from the A8-6600k. Check some gameplay videos on YouTube just to be sure.

If you go that route, it would pay to use some of the money saved from removing the discrete video card and put it toward the fastest RAM possible since the APU frame rates are greatly dependent on RAM speed.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked some videos and decided I'm going with the A8-6600K. I followed your advice and upgraded the RAM. I also changed the Motherboard because it seems it's not available here.

Part list

Now I am only missing the PSU and I don't know if I should keep the case.

It looks like these (Store 1, Store 2) are the only PSU's available here. What do you think? Thanks for your time!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure how the prices translate. Mostly just look for something with 80+ certification meaning it's at least 80% efficient. To get that rating the parts have to be pretty good for the most part. Sleeved cables and being semi or fully modular are things to look for. Just about any 400w or more 80+ model would probably be fine. I'd pick two or three affordable ones and see if there are any reviews out there.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You could also look into the A10 series of APUs. The latest of these will match the performance of the R7 240.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7700K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $123.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus A88XM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $53.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $37.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ NCIX US
Case Antec VSK-3000 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $325.93
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-12 12:17 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

With this build you can get a dedicated graphics card. I could build something slightly better if you can do ~380.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor $59.84 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI AM1I Mini ITX AM1 Motherboard $29.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $44.85 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $28.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card $69.99 @ Amazon
Case Antec VSK-3000 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX Power Supply $33.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $292.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 12:14 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a quick $300 build I made yesterday. You should have absolutely no issues running those 2 games you mentioned, and with decent settings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.97 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Biostar A58MD Ver. 6.x Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $41.36 @ Mwave
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $38.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $32.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $308.27
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-12 13:13 EST-0500

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