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Looking to build girlfriend an affordable gaming PC, Vishera or i3?

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Hey all. I'm looking to build a PC for my girlfriend for around $800. Wondering whether I should do i3 + discrete card, or Vishera?

Do the Vishera's from AMD have any decent graphics, or would that need a discrete card too?

What would you guys suggest? Keep in mind I am going for a 128GB SSD since she won't be filling that up anytime soon, that way we can skip an HDD and save around $70.

So $150 for a 128GB SSD, + another $130 for the upcoming Phantom 530. I'm also thinking to go with the fully modular 550W NZXT Hale82 v2 that's coming soon, I'm assuming maybe $100?

$380 so far. $520 for a CPU, Mobo, RAM, and GPU.

RAM should be around $70, leaving $310 for a CPU, Mobo, and GPU.

Any ideas?

I don't know too much about AMD's Vishera, which is why I'm asking here.

Hope you guys can help.
post #2 of 8
AMD's new APU's will do well for price and you don't need the discrete GPU so no need to buy that. Prices range from $39 - $149 for that CPU. the boards aren't too bad since you prob only need one pci-e slot for possible GPU addon later for crossfire or just single upgrade.
post #3 of 8
What type of gaming? FPS? Also, what resolution?
post #4 of 8
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The thing is, she likes indie games such as Don't Starve, Binding of Isaac, etc

But I also wanna play games with her such as DiRT 3, maybe games like Company of Heroes, some more demanding stuff, Assasin's Creed, I know the price range for APU's, I just don't know if they perform well for anything but indie games.

For the resolution, 1080p.
post #5 of 8
This would be the best way to go at your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.17 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($85.79 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $776.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 02:43 EDT-0400)

If you want slightly more performance, I'd set aside around $50 more and get these:

Awesome deal on a 660 Ti:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-660DO2G&c=CJ

A 7950 for a little more that'll destroy the 660 Ti and 670 once overclocked:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
post #6 of 8
Well I still say an APU is the cheaper way to go and performance in gaming is well within reach using them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113331 AMD A10-6800k has good clocks 4.1/4.4boost and a 8000 series integrated GPU. again as I stated earlier you would save the cost of the GPU and still have option to add discrete GPU later even crossfire if need be. Not sure how picky your GF is but mine is fine with her 5450 <--- look it up supposed to be trash, actually works quite well. Mother boards from 49-120 so not very expensive either.

Your choice ofcourse but the reviews were pretty good for this APU.
post #7 of 8
For indie games, the A10 wont have a problem at 1080p, but if you're gonna try assassins creed or COH, you'll need to lower the resolution a bit.

There is also the added cost of buying very fast ram to fully utilize the APU, and ram prices have gone up this month.
If ram prices haven't escalated, the APU would've been a better choice if you paired it with ddr3 1866.

Get an i3 or FX quadcore with a decent card like HD7750, then you could just get some cheap ddr3 1333 ram.
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If you don´t mind spending the entire budget then your best option is the intel config suggested above.

By far the best option...
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