My $500 rig, any suggestions

Switching over to pc gaming and have put together this rig

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hg5y

any suggestions on how to improve? also any idea on what kind of performance im looking at?

will be using an optical drive from current pc as well as 320gb HDD and an external 3tb HDD

I am also aware that the new AMD APUs will be out later this month, so will wait to see if the price of this one will go down or if the new ones are near in pricerange before ordering/building. Have to stay to about $500 max on this build.

Any advice is appreciated.

You don't need that much RAM lol, not even with an APU. Also I would get a more reliable PSU. You could get a cheaper motherboard as well. There are a lot of reliable FM2 socket mobo's for $60. With the money you save from getting 8GB's of RAM (Usually cost $45) and getting a cheaper mobo, you could potentially use that saved money to buy a 6670 and do Hybrid Crossfire to get even more gaming performance.

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

Can't see what you chose, on pcpartpicker.com to link what you've selected you have to copy the permalink below the system build tab other wise it just takes you to what was last seen on the partlist. So what I am seeing is my build.

You're right, sorry.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HhL6

AMD dual graphics leave somthing to be desired. This build will perform better for gaming. https://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hi91

Arguable.

I will have to go with Foxy. The APU with a 667O is a very good budget gaming rig. I have a A8 with a 665O and I can play Battlefield 3 with mediom quilty at 3O fps. There are TONS of videos of the A1O's power with the GPU. Also it is true of AMD's new APU line up that is suppose to run with 7xxx series. So if they make the iGPU on them a slim better and that new APU + and 775O/777O will be a MONSTER of a machine. Iam waiting for these new APU's for a upgrade on my build. Overall the APU is a good solid choice. And you can get G. Skillz Sniper Series 8 gb at 1866 wich will only be $6 dollars more and will  be very good increase for the APU. --- Luke

"MONSTER" nope.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HwNF

Pretty cool little rig, but I would certainly suggest waiting the month or so that it'll take for everyone to stock up on parts, then build a system with the new AMD APU. It'll most likely be significantly more powerful than the current ones, and maybe we can finally ditch the Radeon 6xxx series parts in favor of some new stuff. But you definitely want to get an aftermarket cooler for that processor because you can overclock all the parts of the CPU independantly, so you should raise the iGPU to match the clock speeds of the 6670 after you do some mild overclocks to that. Then try to match the clock speeds of the system RAM to that of the card. That way you can do like all of those guys way back in the single core days and match the speed of your RAM to the speed of the FSB for mega-awesome-fantastic-amazing performance boosts. Yeah, it was actually pretty significant what you could get out of a system back then, but now you are often doing well if you can get the RAM to half the speed of the overall FSB. Especially when you have to figure out what a GT/s or a MT/s. Hint it is a 2 to 1 conversion with Hz, and the G and M are giga and mega. The first is for AMD, the second is for Intel.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HwNF


Pretty cool little rig, but I would certainly suggest waiting the month or so that it'll take for everyone to stock up on parts, then build a system with the new AMD APU. It'll most likely be significantly more powerful than the current ones, and maybe we can finally ditch the Radeon 6xxx series parts in favor of some new stuff. But you definitely want to get an aftermarket cooler for that processor because you can overclock all the parts of the CPU independantly, so you should raise the iGPU to match the clock speeds of the 6670 after you do some mild overclocks to that. Then try to match the clock speeds of the system RAM to that of the card. That way you can do like all of those guys way back in the single core days and match the speed of your RAM to the speed of the FSB for mega-awesome-fantastic-amazing performance boosts. Yeah, it was actually pretty significant what you could get out of a system back then, but now you are often doing well if you can get the RAM to half the speed of the overall FSB. Especially when you have to figure out what a GT/s or a MT/s. Hint it is a 2 to 1 conversion with Hz, and the G and M are giga and mega. The first is for AMD, the second is for Intel.

Let's be realistic, this is a monster pc. Not a 3970X with 3-way SLI GTX Titans but still enough to please any reasonable enthusiast.

Not sure how an APU with comparable specs to a console is "monster"..

Well it runs any game better than 80% of laptops in most if not all retail stores at the moment. How about we tune that adjective down to, let's say,... awesome.

My word would be good.

APU's right now are over-hyped, for around 50 dollars/pounds more, you can pair a Phenom II x4 955 with a 7770...

I agree, the 965 is one of the best CPU's ever even to this day and paired with a 7770 you could definitely play BF3 on Ultra easily. Most people however, ask for help with builds with APU's in them and I don't stray from that since there's always that one person who say's another CPU is better then the person who asked for opinions is struck between the two options. If someone want's an APU that bad then why not give them a build option with one.

I was not trying to come across like that...

 

I was just mentioning that an APU is an APU, nothing more, it is a good solution, but far from what most people think they are..

I know, just giving my reasoning for why I don't recommend other shtuff. I personally wouldn't get one either.