Computer specs help

I'm just wondering how good these specs are as I'm kind of new at this and how well they'll be for playing games and at what settings, thanks in advance.
I'm wanting to be able to play strategy games like Civ V and some others games such as Garry's Mod and Day Z standalone (when it's released).

Processor (CPU)
AMD A6-3670K Quad Core APU (2.7GHz) & Radeon™ HD 6530D Graphics

Motherboard
ASUS® F1A55-M LK R2.0: FM1 A-SERIES, SATA 3.0GB/s, Windows 8 Ready!

Memory (RAM)
4GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (1 X 4GB)

Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 650 - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready

There is a few problems with those components. The main one being why would you combine an AMD APU with a Nvidia graphics card? And why only single channel memory?

Are you building a computer yourself? If so I can recommend some better parts to get.

ShinyCharizard:
There is a few problems with those components. The main one being why would you combine an AMD APU with a Nvidia graphics card? And why only single channel memory?

Are you building a computer yourself? If so I can recommend some better parts to get.

No I'm not building it myself, I'm using this website. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

hutchy27:

No I'm not building it myself, I'm using this website. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

In that case I'll just list some good specs.

CPU: go with an intel i5

GPU: GTX 660 or HD7850 are both good choices

Mobo: If you plan to ever overclock then you will need a Z77 mobo. If not a H77 board will suffice.

RAM: Go with 8GB dual channel. RAM is fairly cheap these days.

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:

No I'm not building it myself, I'm using this website. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

In that case I'll just list some good specs.

CPU: go with an intel i5

GPU: GTX 660 or HD7850 are both good choices

Mobo: If you plan to ever overclock then you will need a Z77 mobo. If not a H77 board will suffice.

RAM: Go with 8GB dual channel. RAM is fairly cheap these days.

Okay thanks. I'm just wondering what operating system would be best as they're both the same price on the website, windows 7 or windows 8?

hutchy27:

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:

No I'm not building it myself, I'm using this website. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

In that case I'll just list some good specs.

CPU: go with an intel i5

GPU: GTX 660 or HD7850 are both good choices

Mobo: If you plan to ever overclock then you will need a Z77 mobo. If not a H77 board will suffice.

RAM: Go with 8GB dual channel. RAM is fairly cheap these days.

Okay thanks. I'm just wondering what operating system would be best as they're both the same price on the website, windows 7 or windows 8?

Go with windows 7. It's the better operating system at the moment

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:

ShinyCharizard:

In that case I'll just list some good specs.

CPU: go with an intel i5

GPU: GTX 660 or HD7850 are both good choices

Mobo: If you plan to ever overclock then you will need a Z77 mobo. If not a H77 board will suffice.

RAM: Go with 8GB dual channel. RAM is fairly cheap these days.

Okay thanks. I'm just wondering what operating system would be best as they're both the same price on the website, windows 7 or windows 8?

Go with windows 7. It's the better operating system at the moment

Okay thanks again.

OP, from what I can tell, you should build a PC. Shiny Charizard's already taken care of that. But...

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:

No I'm not building it myself, I'm using this website. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

In that case I'll just list some good specs.

CPU: go with an intel i5

GPU: GTX 660 or HD7850 are both good choices

Mobo: If you plan to ever overclock then you will need a Z77 mobo. If not a H77 board will suffice.

RAM: Go with 8GB dual channel. RAM is fairly cheap these days.

Why not a GTX 660 Ti or a 670?

hutchy27:
Okay thanks. I'm just wondering what operating system would be best as they're both the same price on the website, windows 7 or windows 8?

Up to you. They're the same exact thing except that Windows 8 has the Metro interface. Other than that, there is no difference as long as you get a 64 bit version of whatever Windows you're planning you use.

Other than that, the only thing I came to recommend is to grab any i5 with a K at the end (ie, i5-3570K) as those processors will allow you to overclock, which is something you may want to look into. The build that Shiny Charizard recommended is really good.

ShinyCharizard:
There is a few problems with those components. The main one being why would you combine an AMD APU with a Nvidia graphics card? And why only single channel memory?

Are you building a computer yourself? If so I can recommend some better parts to get.

Why wouldn't he combine AMD Cpu with Nvidia Gpu?

They both work with each other same way that Intel cpu works with an AMD gpu. I would personally avoid 650 since its a pretty weak card imo

MrTub:

ShinyCharizard:
There is a few problems with those components. The main one being why would you combine an AMD APU with a Nvidia graphics card? And why only single channel memory?

Are you building a computer yourself? If so I can recommend some better parts to get.

Why wouldn't he combine AMD Cpu with Nvidia Gpu?

They both work with each other same way that Intel cpu works with an AMD gpu. I would personally avoid 650 since its a pretty weak card imo

It is an APU not just a CPU.

thesilentman:
OP, from what I can tell, you should build a PC. Shiny Charizard's already taken care of that. But...

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:

No I'm not building it myself, I'm using this website. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

In that case I'll just list some good specs.

CPU: go with an intel i5

GPU: GTX 660 or HD7850 are both good choices

Mobo: If you plan to ever overclock then you will need a Z77 mobo. If not a H77 board will suffice.

RAM: Go with 8GB dual channel. RAM is fairly cheap these days.

Why not a GTX 660 Ti or a 670?

I'm assuming some budget restraints based on listed specs so far so that's why I recommended those two cards

ShinyCharizard:

MrTub:

ShinyCharizard:
There is a few problems with those components. The main one being why would you combine an AMD APU with a Nvidia graphics card? And why only single channel memory?

Are you building a computer yourself? If so I can recommend some better parts to get.

Why wouldn't he combine AMD Cpu with Nvidia Gpu?

They both work with each other same way that Intel cpu works with an AMD gpu. I would personally avoid 650 since its a pretty weak card imo

It is an APU not just a CPU.

So?
The intel sb&ivy bridge is apu as well and they work with AMD Gpu cards.

So please show me a source that says AMD apu with nvidia gpu card doesn't work.

MrTub:

ShinyCharizard:

MrTub:

Why wouldn't he combine AMD Cpu with Nvidia Gpu?

They both work with each other same way that Intel cpu works with an AMD gpu. I would personally avoid 650 since its a pretty weak card imo

It is an APU not just a CPU.

So?
The intel sb&ivy bridge is apu as well and they work with AMD Gpu cards.

So please show me a source that says AMD apu with nvidia gpu card doesn't work.

It will work. It's just completely pointless. It's not like you can SLI or crossfire the two.

ShinyCharizard:

MrTub:

ShinyCharizard:

It is an APU not just a CPU.

So?
The intel sb&ivy bridge is apu as well and they work with AMD Gpu cards.

So please show me a source that says AMD apu with nvidia gpu card doesn't work.

It will work. It's just completely pointless. It's not like you can SLI or crossfire the two.

It's not really pointless.. Yeah sure you can't use the on board gpu but they mostly suck. But you still can use the CPU to 100% and the dedicated graphic card as well.

MrTub:

ShinyCharizard:

MrTub:

So?
The intel sb&ivy bridge is apu as well and they work with AMD Gpu cards.

So please show me a source that says AMD apu with nvidia gpu card doesn't work.

It will work. It's just completely pointless. It's not like you can SLI or crossfire the two.

It's not really pointless.. Yeah sure you can't use the on board gpu but they mostly suck. But you still can use the CPU to 100% and the dedicated graphic card as well.

Yes you can. However if you are going to do that you might as well just get a faster dedicated CPU. The idea of the AMD APU is to have a decent CPU and GPU in one easy package. Which you can then combine with a dedicated AMD GPU if you want better performance. Getting a Nvidia GPU really does render it mostly pointless.

Is the Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 better then the 2GB Geforce gtx 650? Thanks again.
Also how much power would I need for this build?

hutchy27:
Is the Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 better then the 2GB Geforce gtx 650? Thanks again.
Also how much power would I need for this build?

Yes the 7770 is a bit more powerful than the gtx 650. As for the power supply you should go with 500w at minimum, anything more than 650w will be unnecessary though. Also I highly recommend going with a GTX 660 as a minimum if you can fit it in the budget.

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:
Is the Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 better then the 2GB Geforce gtx 650? Thanks again.
Also how much power would I need for this build?

Yes the 7770 is a bit more powerful than the gtx 650. As for the power supply you should go with 500w at minimum, anything more than 650w will be unnecessary though. Also I highly recommend going with a GTX 660 as a minimum if you can fit it in the budget.

I'll see if I can fit it into the budget. On the website you can get 350w, 450w or 650w and then it goes up, so would I need to go for the 650w?

hutchy27:

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:
Is the Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 better then the 2GB Geforce gtx 650? Thanks again.
Also how much power would I need for this build?

Yes the 7770 is a bit more powerful than the gtx 650. As for the power supply you should go with 500w at minimum, anything more than 650w will be unnecessary though. Also I highly recommend going with a GTX 660 as a minimum if you can fit it in the budget.

I'll see if I can fit it into the budget. On the website you can get 350w, 450w or 650w and then it goes up, so would I need to go for the 650w?

yeah you will need the 650w one. The other two will not provide enough power.

ShinyCharizard:

hutchy27:

ShinyCharizard:

Yes the 7770 is a bit more powerful than the gtx 650. As for the power supply you should go with 500w at minimum, anything more than 650w will be unnecessary though. Also I highly recommend going with a GTX 660 as a minimum if you can fit it in the budget.

I'll see if I can fit it into the budget. On the website you can get 350w, 450w or 650w and then it goes up, so would I need to go for the 650w?

yeah you will need the 650w one. The other two will not provide enough power.

Okay good thing I realized to upgrade the psu before I ordered it. I'll probably upgrade the computer eventually when I have some extra money, either later this year or early next year.

Okay so I decided on for my budget:

Processor (CPU)
AMD A6-3670K Quad Core APU (2.7GHz) & Radeon™ HD 6530D Graphics

Motherboard
ASUS® F1A55-M LK R2.0: FM1 A-SERIES, SATA 3.0GB/s, Windows 8 Ready!

Memory (RAM)
4GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (1 X 4GB)

Graphics Card
1GB AMD RADEON™ HD7770 - DVI,HDMI,DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 3 Capable

The website says that I will only need the 450w for these specs, any idea why?

hutchy27:
Okay good thing I realized to upgrade the psu before I ordered it. I'll probably upgrade the computer eventually when I have some extra money, either later this year or early next year.

The website says that I will only need the 450w for these specs, any idea why?

The specs you have chosen have low power requirements. However getting the larger power supply will come in handy when you need to upgrade parts. Other then that everything looks to be good

 

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