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I recently built a budget gaming PC with an A8-5600k Trinity APU, and I am looking for a high end graphics card as the integrated graphics within the APU don't quite cut it.

Basically my question is; would this APU bottleneck higher end graphic solutions? And if it would, what is the highest end graphics card I could buy without the performance being limited by the processor?

Also, would upgrading to an A10-5800k make enough of a difference in gaming to be a worthwhile upgrade? Or should I outright change platform and buy a new CPU and Motherboard?

Any help would be appreciated
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A 5600k should keep up reasonably well with mid- to high-end GPUs in most games, especially if overclocked. Of course there will be a few exceptions, such as SC2, BF3, and Crysis 3; but for the most part it should run pretty well. I definitely would not do a high-end multi-GPU or Titan setup, though.

IIRC, the only difference between the 5600k and 5800k on the CPU side is 200mhz, so I would advise against the upgrade; it just isn't worth it. Instead, I'd recommend getting a good CPU cooler and overclocking as far as you can.

I'd recommend an HD78xx (especially a 7870XT) to pair with the APU. You could also get a 6670 GDDR5 and do hybrid Crossfire with the IGP; it wouldn't be as fast, but it would be a lot cheaper.

What motherboard and RAM do you have? You should fill out your system specs on the Rigbuilder.
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Thanks for the help.

And I have an ASRock FM2A75 PRO4 Motherboard and 8gb of Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz RAM.
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Originally Posted by Gungnir View Post

A 5600k should keep up reasonably well with mid- to high-end GPUs in most games, especially if overclocked. Of course there will be a few exceptions, such as SC2, BF3, and Crysis 3; but for the most part it should run pretty well. I definitely would not do a high-end multi-GPU or Titan setup, though.

IIRC, the only difference between the 5600k and 5800k on the CPU side is 200mhz, so I would advise against the upgrade; it just isn't worth it. Instead, I'd recommend getting a good CPU cooler and overclocking as far as you can.

I'd recommend an HD78xx (especially a 7870XT) to pair with the APU. You could also get a 6670 GDDR5 and do hybrid Crossfire with the IGP; it wouldn't be as fast, but it would be a lot cheaper.

What motherboard and RAM do you have? You should fill out your system specs on the Rigbuilder.

Say I was to get a GTX 670 FTW from EVGA, Would I still manage to get a playable framerate on say, Battlefield 3 for example, on max settings with this CPU? or would it hold the GPU back too much?
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Yes, you'd still get playable framerates.

Consider its performance similar (a weebit slower actually) to an FX-4300.
   
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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post

Yes, you'd still get playable framerates.

Consider its performance similar (a weebit slower actually) to an FX-4300.

Thanks
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