If you are one of those who have in mind to invest it in a pc to play, well here we will give you tips that can help you make a decision. We remind you that they are only advice based on experiences and information collected, if you have an opinion about it, share them with us in the comment box.
We will start with the economic option, for all those who are only interested in having a base team to play anything of extreme overclocking etc., they are not so interested in great features, their budget is modest and they simply want to play, if this is your situation the APUS AMD are a safe choice, since, by including integrated processor and graphics, we save a lot, since we will not need, in principle, a graphics card and having a lower consumption, we will not need an excessively powerful power supply.
In short summary of its advantages and disadvantages would be the following:
Pros APUS AMD:
- Great value for money.
- Perfect to play without a graphics card.
- Low consumption.
- Models to overclock, are factory unlocked.
- Variety for any use.
Cons APUS AMD:
- Bad performance with a powerful graphic.
- Low quality heatsink, similar to FX.
- Slow cores individually versus Intel.
The integrated graphics, in some models, is very basic, perfect for MOBA games, but it yields in other games the acceptable.
Now a detail to consider when deciding on an APU this graphic has no built-in video memory. Therefore, when playing, the processor shares the ram memory of the device with its integrated GPU. Therefore, we must have at least 8GB of ram memory (16 GB preferable) with the highest frequency speed, preferably 2133, which is not a big problem at present since RAM DDR3 memories are still affordable.
The option we recommend is the Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-H Motherboard:
- CPU socket: FM2 + socket with support for AMD A series AMD processors and AMD Athlon series processors
- Memory DIMM: 2x DDR3 DIMM connections that support up to 64 GB of system memory
- Support for DDR3 2400 (OC) / 2133/1866/1600/1333 MHz memory modules; Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP) / Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
- 1 x D-Sub port, which supports a maximum resolution of 1920 × 1200
- 1 x HDMI port, which supports a maximum resolution of 4096 × 2160
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slots, which run x16
- 1 x PCI Express x1 slot 1 x PCI slot
- 4 x 6Gb / s SATA connectors, support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD
This is to implement more speed to the overall performance of the equipment, since here the operating system will be installed mainly, the mechanical DD will be used for pure storage, where we will install our games and programs that we use, here the choice is simple any capacity of 500 GB At least recommended but with care that the disk is SATA 3 6gb / s at 7200RPM.
In the electrical aspect you can choose between a source of economic power with a minimum of 500 W, but the best thing is that you lean towards certified sources.
- EVGA 100-W1-0500-KR - Power supply, 500W 80 PLUS ATX12V / EPS12V Certified
And finally we get to the most important the Processor in your search you will surely see several APUS options, all focused on a particular niche, but here we will focus on those of which we are interested in GAMING. Our recommendations are the AMD A10 7860K and the AMD A10-7870K, ok between both processors you will see little technical difference, except for the best speed in the 7870 , the most radical difference is in the prices:
but you will be wondering they will really perform in the game you are looking for, well if your plan is mobas or games like CS: GO, League of Legends, Heroes of Storm or Dota 2 they will work more than wonderfully but the current games, do not worry you They will work very well with an average rate of 30 FPS, we share some videos where you will see how each processor develops in the current games to give you an idea.
- AMD A10 7860K
- AMD A10-7870K
As you can see with an investment of less than 10 thousand (not counting cabinet, or any special cooling system) we will have a very good team, both examples the games are in a Full HD resolution, another advantage you will have is that in the future if you want better performance both processors can work with the dual graphics function, so you can buy a graphic card of the R7 family and you will have a consistent team to play.
Now, if you are one of those lovers of the beautiful Intel / Nvidia, calm your anger and do not worry we will also make a section on them, here is only the input range, which although there is also its version (Intel 5500 4000 etc) they do not give the same performance and therefore the purchase of a GPU is almost mandatory, which we will be talking about soon for now yes, to all those fans of the 144 hz, 4K, and sink and a half have where to choose to spend their large budget (minimum 15 k).