78 months ago
Basically, I'm looking for the cheapest computer I can get that would be able to play my games decently. I don't mind playing on Low graphics, I just want to be able to play games at an okay FPS.
So if I add the PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB, what can I use instead for the CPU and motherboard?
FX-4300 and some inexpensive Mobo.
I suggest going with this, and if you have ANY intensions of upgrading in the future at all, you may as well get 8GB of ram as it's only another $10ish dollars.
With the AMD APU's like the A10, you should only get a graphics card that matches so you can enable dual graphics, which is basically like a crossfire setup. Purchasing a 7770 or 7750 would likely give you a worse performance than if you bought a 6670 because it would be just the GPU working instead of both the APU and the GPU. (I think it's the 6670 that matches the A10, but you should check me on that.)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-4600m-trinity-piledriver,3202-9.html Here are some FPS benches on Skyrim without an extra graphics card. It's certainly playable on medium settings, but Bioshock might be a little tougher.
Adding a 6670 card for dual graphics would likely boost your frames per second by 60-80%. Without the extra card, you won't be able to play the most demanding stuff like Metro or Crisis, and with it I imagine you'll be able to squeeze out 40-50 FPS on low settings.
It sounds like you may be the kind of person that doesn't need an extra graphics card with the A10, but I suggest you reconsider investing another $20 for 8GB total RAM. That is not only your system memory, but it's effectively your graphics memory as well. And the AMD APU relies heavily on it for gaming.
I changed the CPU to a Phenom II x4 965 because it was cheaper and it can supposedly still run the games decently. I also upgraded the RAM to 8gb.
Any more suggestions? Thanks for the help so far.
The AMD A10-5800k should work for games like Skyrim. Bioshock is iffy.
But I would definitely recommend adding 2 or even 4 more GB of RAM.
GET FASTER RAM!!!! APUs need to have fast ram to work at their best. get a 8gb of gskill sniper 2133. 1600 ram wont max your apus performance
This is what I'd go with...
ehh you cant really play skyrim or bioshock without having an actual graphic card. Using integrated graphics from an amd processor won't work wel playing high end games like skyrim and bioshock. You will probably lag way to hard even on low settings. I would just recommend getting an AMD Radeon 7770 or 7750, its cheap and it will basically play those game fine at low to medium settings