Solved Running GTA V smoothly on AMD A8 7650K APU

February 16, 2016 at 09:21:05
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Intel Core i3 @ 3.10GHz | 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
I'm building a budget gaming rig for my father, and managed to get it down to $250 CAD by combining an AMD A8 7650K APU with 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 RAM and an MSI A68HM-E33 motherboard. The rest of the PC will be built from some old parts I have laying around.

I have absolutely no experience with APUs, but I have seen a few videos on YouTube showing gameplay of GTA V on this APU at about 30FPS.

Before I go about ordering the parts, would anybody happen to know what settings/overclocking would be needed to have this APU play GTA V decently? It's the only game he'll be playing on it, so I would like to make sure it runs somewhat smoothly. Graphics quality isn't really a concern considering he's been playing the PS3 version for the past few years.

The system will be connected to a 1080p LG HDTV through HDMI.

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD


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#1
February 16, 2016 at 11:58:28
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To increase the FPS, you might have to lower the game settings & the gaming resolution. Otherwise you might wanna consider getting a gaming graphics card. Make sure you have a decent power supply, just in case. Newegg has the Corsair 430W on sale for $20 or $25 (for modular), or the 600W for $36, all prices are after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

You'd be better off getting a board based on the A78 chipset. The A68 is considered an entry level chipset recommended for A4 & A6 APUs. The A78 is better for overclocking plus it supports PCIe 3.0 if you decided to get a graphics card. Also, the RAM should be DDR3-2133.

http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/c...

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Bulld...

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#2
February 16, 2016 at 12:07:25
That's great. I'll likely stick with the APU for now and tone down the graphics of the game quite a bit to compensate, but I'll definitely convince him to upgrade to an actual graphics card at some point in the future. Being used to PS3 graphics, I doubt he'll notice much of a difference in quality.

Also, thanks for the suggestion related to the motherboard chipset. I have absolutely no experience with APU processors, so that will help quite a bit.

As a side note, I'll be building the rig inside an old Thermaltake case with the Corsair 430W from my previous build. It should be a solid little PC when everything is said and done.

Edit: I think I've decided on this A78 board. - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD

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#3
February 16, 2016 at 18:10:46
The Corsair 430W is a solid PSU. I've built several systems using them & have never had a problem. As for the motherboard, consider this one. Much cheaper & has 4 RAM slots.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Dual...


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#4
February 18, 2016 at 11:27:06
The link I posted was in Canadian dollars, but I'll definitely consider that Gigabyte board when I do the build. Thank you!

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD


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