Budget APU Gaming PC advice needed


Goal Gaming up until BF4 in medium resolution.
Other uses internet excel word paint.net eagle and 
some kind of linux to replace windows..

  • 148 euro /$202 APU CPU: A10-7850K
  • 49 euro / $67 Motherb: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3
  • 60 euro / $82 RAM: Kingston Beast 2 x 4GB DDR3-2400 
  • 50 euro / $68 HD: Seagate 1TB SATA HDD 
  • 38 euro / $52 Case: Cooler Master N200 CPU cooler max 160 mm PSU max 170mm
  • 54 euro / $74 PSU: Seasonic S12II-520 Bronze 140mm deep
  • 19 euro / $26 Optical: GH24NS95 DVD writer 
  • 26 euro / $35 Cooler: Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2 (153mm) 
  • 444 euro /$606 total

In the Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 memory compatibility list it says this one is ok:
KHX24C11T3K4/16GX and this is a 4x4GB kit with the same spec as the 2x4GB kit KHX24C11T3K2/8X
So it should work right?

A10/7700 is a little cheaper, 132 euro/181 dollar, but i think i should spend the extra money.. better GPU.
The CPU cooler Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2 is available in Europe, but in the states I would order something like this:
30 dollar: Cooler Master Hyper T4 or RR-T4-18PK-R1 or the 412. Only these are higher then 160mm

Partpicker is very handy just does not check if the height of the CPU cooler fits in the case!


Prices of the CPU, case, power supply are a little higher in Europe, total price in the states would be around 559 dollar.
Just let me know what your thougths are, what i should do different or just buy all the stuff.



Looks pretty decent. $600 US will get you far more performance per dollar than an APU build, but after conversion, things get pricey where you are for the budget you're on.

See if you can get an FM2+ motherboard with 4 ram slots that fits your budget and go with a 2x4GB kit for now. Will make upgrading later on really easy. 

450 eruos converts to about 366 pounds (UK). Using the UK PCpartpicker I was able to come up with this build: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/9V9kjX

7850K with hyper 212 cooler, 2400 CL10 ram (2x4GB), nice motherboard with 4 dimms, good quality PSU and stuck with the N200 case.

Hi MEC777

Thanks for the fast reply

According to this video


an APU with Mantle should be pretty powerful, even without an extra videocard. 

with a R7 250X in dual graphics mode or R9 270X stand alone it could be expanded.

I changed the motherboard with a Gigabyte board, which supports 2400MHz memmory and looked for some memory i could get immediately here in the Netherlands and is compatible with the board according to Gigabyte. 

Asrock motherboard,  I´ll check it out. Looks nice too.

The PSU± EVGA 500W 80+  looks pretty decent(quiet sleeved cables, stable regulation)  just has some longer delivery times in my country.

The Gigabyte board has also COM and LPT1 headers, which I could use for some tinkering with electronics, like CPU programmers.

I could make a build with the FX-6300. With a 260X or 270X GPU.

Could do with slower memory, just might need more cooling and give PSU a bigger load.. 

I´m just an occasional gamer,haven´t tried games like BF4 so thats why I thought the APU route was may be good.




Since you're an occasional gamer looking to do a little more but have a somewhat tight initial budget - an APU build like this is not a bad way to get into gaming. You can easily add an R9-270 later on if you want and it will give you really good performance. I would advise against going the dual graphics route with an R7-250. The performance just isn't all that spectacular. It's better to save up for something like an R9-270 instead.

If you want to go the FX-6300 route, that would give you even better performance but you'd have to increase your budget a little. Here's an FX-6300 build with a good motherboard and R9-270 (which would absolutely blow any APU out of the water) but it would cost you about 50 euros more. If you can't afford that then you could go with an R7-260X or 265 for a few euros more. 



Hi MEC-777

I finally bought the computer parts.

I stretched the budget a little ;)



is aproximately what it has become.

I went for the slightly more expensive FX8320, still a lot cheaper then FX8350 but 8 cores and also overclockable.

The Coolermaster G550M should be (hopefully) strong enough for this build. Just not planning to put more harddisks to it or overclock to the maximum all the time. Mosts builds are using to heavy PSU's anyway.

Memory 1866 MHz  CL 9 Kingston, because it was only 3 euro more expensive then 1600 MHz memory

May be it works a little better when overclocking.

Toshiba HD had 3 year warranty and was the cheapest 1TB hd with decent speed and still quiet

35 euro for water cooling, moves all heat right out of the case for lower heat buildup, and if the fan is at 50 % it should be quiet

The Sapphire videocard was a lot cheaper, and I guess it would be fast enough for my gaming. It was also quiet because with its 2 fans they don't have to work so hard.

R7-250 is not enough for gaming


The gigabyte motherboard looks pretty good with the cooling fins on the VRMs.

I also added some quiet PWM fans and a fan controller.

The most important fans will be controlled by the mother board, the other fans can be controlled manually.

Still have some building to do to finish it. Thanks for the help, iI guess APU's are for the really tight budget and low gaming demands.

Thanks again for the help in pointing me in the right direction.



Kind regards



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