AMD A8-7650K Review

Entry-level Desktop processor released in 2015 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.3GHz, max speed at 3.8GHz, and a 95W power rating. A8-7650K is based on the Kaveri 28nm family and part of the A8 series.
Price 72%
Speed 55%
Productivity 33%
Gaming 70%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility FM2+
Integrated Graphics Radeon R7 (on-die)
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 16 %
Year 2015 Model
Price 152 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.3 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.8 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.4 GHz
Power Consumption 95 W
Manufacturing Process 28 nm
L3 Cache 4 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 72 %
Speed Score 55 %
Productivity Score 33 %
Gaming Score 70 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 60.1 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 30.1 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 15 %
Overall Score 30/100

The A8-7650K is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2015 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.3GHz, max speed at 3.8GHz, and a 95W power rating. The A8-7650K is based on the Kaveri 28nm family and is part of the A8 series.

A8-7650K is also the successor of AMD's last gen A8-6600K processor that was based on the Piledriver and 32nm process and was released in 2013.

The AMD A8-7650K marks yet another blast from Team AMD, ramping up the intensity of the AMD vs Intel processor war. Still, though, there’s more than just core counts when it comes to a mainstream processor, as single-core performance needs to be on point, especially if you’re hoping to play the best PC games.

AMD A8 5th Generation, and the Steamroller architecture itself, is notable because it leads 28nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite translate to as strong of a single-core performance, even if AMD is closer than it’s ever been to matching Intel core for core. In our single-core GeekBench and Cinebench tests, the A8-7650K scored a 1968 and 61, respectively. This is definitely a huge leap over the A8-6600K, but it’s slower than the Core i3-4370, which scored a 4051 and 153 in the same tests. But, that’s still not a huge difference, so the multi-core gains generally outweigh them.

AMD's Steamroller series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

That something is the A8-7650K. AMD cranks the TDP dial up to 95W on this 4-core 4-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 65W A8-7600, which is basically the same 28nm chip built with the Steamroller microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Steamroller series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with Intel's Core i3-4370, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. AMD still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

But we've also found that, after simple push-button overclocking, the A8-7600 offers similar performance to the A8-7650K, even when it is also overclocked. But for $70 less. The A8-7650K is an impressive chip and offers a better mixture of performance than Intel's Core i3-4370, no doubt, but in this case, value seekers might opt for its less expensive sibling.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the A8-7600 for roughly equivalent performance to the A8-7650K, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the A8-7600 an Editor's Choice award.

AMD A8 5 Generation is finally here, and the AMD A8-7650K might just be the poster child for what this generation of processors has in store for consumers. Sure, it might have stuck with the 4-core, 4-thread setup, which it inherited from its predecessor, the A8-6600K. However, with the new 28nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

The AMD A8-7650K was rolled out on Feb 2015 for $152, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation A8-6600K. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

This decision to 28nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a A8 4-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

One of the nice things about the AMD A8-7650K processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD A8-7650K up for $152 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD A8-7650K retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 95W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD A8-7650K seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $152 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i3-4370 2-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics ($242 shipped).

Bottom Line, the AMD A8-7650K does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 5 Gen Core Kaveri processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the A8-7600 at $120.45. It’s still outfitted with 4-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.1GHz and maxes out at only 3.8GHz.

The A8-7650K clocks up to 3.8Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 3.9GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

There’s a saying that two heads are better than one and, well, 4-cores are better than 2. The extra processing power of the A8-7650K puts Intel’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec part.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade A75, A78, A88X motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream A8 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the entry-level with its A8-7650K processors, which the company is making available as of Feb 2015.

Intel's Core i3s are a staple of the high-volume mainstream market. They make up the most popular brand for entry-level-oriented builds by far. AMD is looking to shake that up with true 4-core processors that sell for even less than 2 cores. As if a resource advantage wasn't already compelling enough, A8 also enables unlocked multipliers. Intel is ill-prepared to fend off such a combination.

AMD arms A8-7650K with a 3.3 GHz base frequency that jumps as high as 3.8 GHz under lightly-threaded tasks. The A8-7650K also offers a 3.3 GHz clock rate with all cores active. Meanwhile, Intel keeps its Core i3-4370 operating at a static 3.8 GHz clock rate.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD A8-7650K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD A8-7650K.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 10.1 157.9 FPS
211.6 FPS
163.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 5.4 147.3 FPS
197.5 FPS
152.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 7 142.5 FPS
187.5 FPS
131.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 8.8 136.8 FPS
183.3 FPS
141.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 6.1 131.4 FPS
176.1 FPS
135.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 6.9 129.5 FPS
170.5 FPS
119.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 12.2 123 FPS
159 FPS
115.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 9.3 117.7 FPS
154.9 FPS
108.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 17.3 115.8 FPS
155.1 FPS
119.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 8.7 115.3 FPS
149.9 FPS
106.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 6 108.5 FPS
141.1 FPS
100.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 7.5 107.2 FPS
141.4 FPS
106.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 6.5 107.2 FPS
138.6 FPS
100.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 5.8 103.5 FPS
135.2 FPS
102.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 6.5 91.9 FPS
119.8 FPS
88.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 6.7 86 FPS
111.8 FPS
79.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 6.1 82 FPS
106 FPS
76.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 33.2 75.3 FPS
100.5 FPS
73.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 17.7 73.3 FPS
97.9 FPS
71.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 6.6 72.4 FPS
94.8 FPS
66.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 5.6 71.2 FPS
94.2 FPS
70.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 5.9 67.2 FPS
89.2 FPS
65.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 10.5 66.5 FPS
87.9 FPS
63.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 6.2 64.2 FPS
84.4 FPS
60.5 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 47 63.8 FPS
85.1 FPS
63.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 4.7 63.7 FPS
84.8 FPS
63.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 4.2 63.7 FPS
83.9 FPS
60 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 11.1 62.9 FPS
82.2 FPS
59.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 6.3 60.2 FPS
78.8 FPS
56.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 12.9 58.9 FPS
78.4 FPS
56.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 8.5 58.6 FPS
75.7 FPS
54.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 20.7 57.8 FPS
75.7 FPS
56.2 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 12.1 57.8 FPS
75.2 FPS
53.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 7.1 56.3 FPS
73.2 FPS
52.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 9 55.5 FPS
70.8 FPS
51.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 3.6 55.5 FPS
73.2 FPS
54.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 6 55.1 FPS
71.5 FPS
52.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 7.6 52.5 FPS
65.9 FPS
47.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 6.8 51.6 FPS
67.1 FPS
47.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 10 50.1 FPS
64.2 FPS
45.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 7.1 49.4 FPS
60.6 FPS
42.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 5.7 48.6 FPS
62.8 FPS
44.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 32 46.9 FPS
59.3 FPS
45 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 10.7 46.8 FPS
60.9 FPS
43.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 8.8 46.4 FPS
59.4 FPS
42.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 5.5 45.4 FPS
57.7 FPS
41.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 22.2 45.1 FPS
57.1 FPS
40.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 6.3 44.1 FPS
56.5 FPS
40.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 9.1 43.8 FPS
56.9 FPS
40.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 9.3 42.7 FPS
54.2 FPS
38.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 5.5 41.6 FPS
53.4 FPS
38.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 16.6 39.2 FPS
50 FPS
35.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 5.6 39.1 FPS
50.2 FPS
35.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 7.5 37.2 FPS
46.2 FPS
32.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 18.2 35.6 FPS
47.5 FPS
34.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 4.7 34.1 FPS
43.6 FPS
31 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 5.9 33.8 FPS
42 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 16.3 33.6 FPS
42.4 FPS
30.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 7 32.9 FPS
40.9 FPS
28.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 20 32.4 FPS
42.5 FPS
30.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 31.8 31.4 FPS
39.3 FPS
29.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 17.9 30.6 FPS
40 FPS
28.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 8.3 30.5 FPS
38.3 FPS
27.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 5.6 30.3 FPS
37.7 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 14.5 29.5 FPS
38.4 FPS
27.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 5.9 29 FPS
36.4 FPS
26 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 11.5 28.5 FPS
35.4 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 14.4 27.7 FPS
35.7 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 12 27.5 FPS
35 FPS
23.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 6.2 27.2 FPS
34.6 FPS
24.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 5.7 26 FPS
33 FPS
23.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 7.4 24.3 FPS
31 FPS
22 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 11.2 20.4 FPS
25.8 FPS
18.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 13.6 18.3 FPS
23.2 FPS
15.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 10.9 18.2 FPS
23 FPS
15.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 9.4 17.9 FPS
22.8 FPS
16.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 15.8 17.7 FPS
22.7 FPS
15.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 11.4 17.5 FPS
22.1 FPS
15.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 11 15.3 FPS
19.2 FPS
13.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 7 14.1 FPS
17.6 FPS
12.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 11.5 13.8 FPS
17.2 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 11 13.6 FPS
16.2 FPS
11.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 11 13.5 FPS
15.6 FPS
11.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 11.2 12.5 FPS
15.5 FPS
11 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 12.4 12 FPS
13.4 FPS
9.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 8.1 9.8 FPS
12.3 FPS
8.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 8.4 9.4 FPS
11.7 FPS
7.9 FPS

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koolkei August 17, 2019

R3-2200G Upgrade. need help - Driver installation problem

TL;DR - new upgrade to ryzen APU. drivers are fucky, windows are running but no display if there is any graphic drivers are installed, but shows up 'fine' when i uninstall them

Desktop upgrade

CPU Ryzen 3 - 2200G

GPU the Ryzen 3 Vega Graphic

Ram 2x8GB (rated at 3000mhz, but still running at the bios default 2666 and not changing it until this is fixed)

Board MSI B450M Mortar

so. upgraded to a 2200G just today. from the previously A8-7650k so new Proc+Board+Ram. finished building, posted first try and went into bios. good. went smooth up until now


this is where it goes wrong. bios finished, windows loading screen showed up.... then nothing. blank. no monitor signal. after like a minute, suddenly the sound of the youtube video i last opened (while still on the old system) started playing. so by this time, i know it's running, windows running, but just no display


Restarted a few times, nothing. finally went into safe mode, which works, and displayed everything just fine. uninstalled the display driver with DDU.


restarted and booted normally. got into windows. tried to reinstall the drivers. install is finished, restart. aaaaaaaand i'm back to square one. no display once the BIOS loading screen is done, windows is running and playing out sounds from the speaker.


i tried this like 3 or 4 times already

i tried to install both the 18.12 driver version and 19.1, neither worked (and the 19.1 needed a digital sign enforcement thingy to be shut off)

i'm typing this at 1024x600 resolution right now, and the scaling of everything is fucky. HALP

M4dcap August 31, 2015

[Build Help] Toss up between A8-7650K vs A6-7400K

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price CPU AMD A8-7650K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $116.67 @ DirectCanada Motherboard Asus A88XM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $54.99 @ NCIX Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.67 @ DirectCanada Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.95 @ Vuugo Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $35.00 Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $19.85 @ Vuugo Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total (before mail-in rebates) $366.13 Mail-in rebates -$15.00 Total $351.13 Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-23 10:03 EDT-0400

This will be strictly for office use. Running dual monitors. It will surf the internet, view pdf's, word processing, and watch video surveillance.

A couple quick questions.

  • Will an A6-7400K be a sufficient processor? it would shave $50 off the price tag.

  • Would 4gb RAM be sufficient? Or should I stick with 8?

  • Thanks in advance.

    communistsquared September 20, 2015

    an i3-4150 with an H81 motherboard would be even better.

    Orjan91 August 31, 2015

    I disagree. The AMF will work very well for this usage,it also has stronger API than its intel competitor, which matters, due to not having a dedicated GPU.

    LGSStatic September 15, 2015

    if you arent gaming at all, yeah.. I would go with the A6, but keep the 8GB.

    ZeldaNumber17 August 16, 2015

    I have the a6 7400k running in a server/ media box and it works very very well. and I did underclock it to 2.4 ghz. it still handles everyday tasks beautifully

    Exist50 September 10, 2015

    What about an a8-7600? Probably cheaper than the 7650k.

    M4dcap August 31, 2015

    unfortunately, the 7600 is not on sale right now and the 7650K is.

    So at the moment they are within $3 of each other.

    dig1tGG August 26, 2015

    [Build Help] My new A8 7650k wont use full gpu memory

    Hi! So, yesterday I got a new low budget PC. Basically a A8 7650k on a MSI A78M-E35 with a 4Gb of Hyperx Fury 1866Mhz RAM. Right after installing all drivers and stuff I jumped into CS:GO to find myself playing at 60FPS, not what I expected. Did some looking and found that I am only using 512Mb of 2024Mb available. Tried to rise the clock of the GPU with no results.

    Can someone help me out on this? Also, sorry if format sucks, I'm on my phone.

    Exist50 September 05, 2015

    It's configurable in bios. Then again, with only 4GB, be careful how much you allocate. The GPU will also be bandwidth limited with only one stick.

    dig1tGG August 31, 2015

    Where is this configuration? Because I try to change any clock that I'm allowed to change and my system doesn't start, it just show me an error saying that OC has failed and I have to reset to default

    sionweeks September 07, 2016

    [Build Help] £500 PC with AMD A8 7650K and GTX 960

    What is your intended use for this build?

    Gaming and some video editing.

    If gaming, what kind of performance are you looking for?

    60 fps & 1080p with High settings (highest isn't necessary, as framerate matters more). 30 fps is also acceptable. Games such as ARK, GTA 5, Dota 2 and CS:GO

    What is your budget (ballpark is okay)?


    In what country are you purchasing your parts?

    United Kingdom

    Post a draft of your potential build here (specific parts please).

    Gigabyte F2A88XM-DS2 MOBO

    AMD A8 7650K OR AMD A10 7700K

    NVIDIA GTX 960

    8GB Corsair 1600mhz RAM

    Seagate 1TB (Hybrid 8GB SSD)

    550W Corsair VS PSU

    Provide any additional details you wish below.

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering for any suggestions or changes for this build. My main query is wether I should replace the GTX 960 with an AMD card, as there may be more tandem benefits with the AMD processor.

    Thank you in advance.

    KhaosKat September 11, 2016

    An APU with a dedicated GPU isn't a good combination. There are a few cards that work with an APU in a "Dual Graphics" configuration, but they are low-end and even combined with the APU, won't equal a solid low to mid-range gaming GPU. A better combination would be an i3 and the 960 or a 380. Also, a hybrid drive isn't a very good value. You pay a 37% (£14) premium for small benefit of 8GB of SSD cache. You're better off buying a regular HDD and getting a 120GB SSD Here's an i3 + 380 build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Type Item Price CPU Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor £85.99 @ Amazon UK Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £48.42 @ CCL Computers Memory *Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £34.98 @ Amazon UK Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £33.99 @ Amazon UK Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £35.84 @ Amazon UK Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card £159.98 @ Amazon UK Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £37.12 @ Amazon UK Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply £55.50 @ More Computers Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total £491.82 *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-22 18:18 GMT+0000
    sionweeks September 07, 2016

    I previously looked at getting a dual core i3, but I was wondering if getting a quad core cpu provided more benefit. The i5 is out of my price range, so that's what made me start looking towards quad core AMD processors. I was just wondering if getting a quad core would benefit me more in the long run.

    Thank you for this.

    longhair1 August 30, 2016

    AMD A8-7650k cross fire help.

    Build Help:

    Hey, So ive checked the AMD reccomendation and im not too pleased with the quality of the r7240 because i dont believe ill be able to game with it at 1080p with consistent frame rates on the newer titles. I just wanted to ask, would it be possible to crossfire it with the r770 or with any other decent GPU. Thanks!

    Bryanormike September 11, 2016

    I have that APU installed (in little bros build) and had it crossfire with one of my old cards (don't remember which). I have the box right next to me too haha.

    To keep the post short and simple save up for a dedicated gpu, doesn't have to be fancy and it can be an entry level gpu (around 100$) unless you absolutely do not have the money for it.

    dont believe ill be able to game with it at 1080p with consistent frame rates on the newer titles

    Your options (Without knowing too much about the rest of your build) for dedicated gpus are A 750ti/ GTX 950/ R7 270 and lasty a 250x.

    I recommend going to a 950/960 if you can but with no budget listed I don't know what your limit is.

    750ti/950/960 are the entry cards for 1080P gaming.

    longhair1 August 18, 2016

    I really should have added, im from England and the components here are a little bit more pricey, but I'm looking for something around the £40-£60 ($60-$90) price range. And I've got 4gb of ram at the moment (hoping to get 4-8gbs more of ddr3 ram) and a gigabyte motherboard.

    Also is it possible to crossfire the apu with any gpu? If so could you point me to somewhere I could learn to do it?

    Agan06 August 10, 2018

    Help with new configuration

    So i'm start having problems with my current pc due to his age and i was wondering if if is the time i change it. I don't have a lot of money saved at the moment so i thought myself i could use some of the components of my current pc. I've got a budget of max600€ but i don't to spend all that money, expecially considering my grapich card is a geforceNVIDIA 970. One misktake i did last time was to don't give priority to the cpu, something i don't want to repeat. What do you guys suggets me? this is my current configuaration:

    Geforce GTX 970

    AMD A8-7650K RAdeon R7, 10 Compute Cores 4C+&G

    8GB RAM

    I hope i can reuse something of that. Thanks for reading and sorry for any english mistakes

    aros19 August 10, 2018

    Either a Ryzen 1600 and a b350 board, or a i5-8400 and a b360 board. You will also need DDR4 ram, preferably dual channel. Your graphics card is still a good card for 1080p.

    Agan06 August 28, 2018

    Why do i need a DDR4? i mean why that specific type? I dunno much about ram and i want to understand

    SullyQuindarius August 26, 2018

    The GTX 970 is still pretty solid. I'd go for a new CPU/mobo/RAM. An i5-8600k or Ryzen 5 2600 would be good.

    Agan06 August 22, 2018

    For mobo you mean motherboard?

    Also do i need 16gb of RAM or 8 are enough?

    DrexlerL August 10, 2019

    Help me with my Pc trying to run game

    So my current specs are shit my pc is called vantage or some shit.. I spent around 450£ for it so I didn’t expect much however it runs xplane 11 barely on medium settings so my idea was to replace these specs to enhance gameplay and FPS:

    Graphics Card - AMD Radeon r7 -> GeForce 1070 8gb

    CPU - AMD A8 7650k -> Intel core i5 6600k

    Memory - 16gb RAM DDR3 -> 16gb Ram (better quality)

    If I sold these used specs currently using I would get in return 220£ and the new specs would cost around 560£ together so I would need to spend extra 240£

    Do you think this would work to fit into my current vantage gc gaming pc or no?? Iam not a computer expert

    BmanUltima August 12, 2019

    You're going to need a motherboard, CPU cooler, and probably a power supply as well.

    Wolfram_JD August 14, 2019

    Need Help. Worth changing power supply?

    Hey guys,

    I am still pretty new to pc building and am wondering whether or not to install this PSU I bought for $13. It is the Thermaltake SMART 600w. Here are the current parts of my pc:


  • GPU: GeForce GTX 750ti overclocked

  • AMD A8-7650k Radeon R7 3300Mhz

  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP (8 gb total)

  • PSU: Ultra X2 titanium 550w (I have never heard of this PSU but it is a modular PSU)

  • D
    Didnot_Get_The_Joke August 10, 2019

    If it was on sale for $13 and had an original price of $40-$50 id say youd be good, but $13? Never ever go that low on a psu

    neferseki August 17, 2019

    can't find any information on its specs which is concerning. No site I went to had any listing of any kind of protections like OPP, OCP, OVP etc etc.

    Couldnt find any reviews and it looks like Ultra products closed up shop a long time ago. Which means this PSU is using very old technology and is itself very old now.

    I would buy a new PSU.

    Wolfram_JD August 11, 2019

    That’s what I figured. Thank you for taking the time to look into that. I couldn’t find much either. Hopefully this Thermaltake will do the job :).

    Leonakerz August 12, 2019

    Build help for low budget upgrading.

    Christmas is coming around and my birthday is 4 days after, meaning im getting around £400 alltogether to spend on what i want as gifts, this means im finally going to be able to upgrade my PC and get off my potato, I'm getting rid of everything except for my GPU (1050TI 4GB Windforce) as its pretty good, My Hard drive (dont know the brand but it has all my stuff on it. and my SSD (120GB) because it has windows installed.

    Im going to be buying, a new case which i have already decided on (unless i can be convinced otherwise for a far cheaper case. The case i have chosen is the NZXT CA-S340W-B4 as it is really sleek and fits to my red and black look.

    Im looking at getting a ryzen 5 1500x as it is fairly cheap and far better than my current A8-7650K.

    For this i am going to have to get a socket AM4+ motherboard, for this i have chosen the;
    GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3.

    The power supply i have chosen is the Seasonic FOCUS plus gold 550W. Ive been told it is fairly cheap and very reliable.

    For ram ive stuck with 2x8GB of hyperx Fury, as ram loves to eat my wallet and i feel it will destroy my low budget.

    Please let me know if i could make any improvements to this build, i am going to leave the PCPartPicker link down below and if you guys have any reccomendations of where to buy from in the UK for cheap parts that are reliable, please tell me.


    [PCPartPicker part list]( ) / [Price breakdown by merchant]( )



    **CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor]( ) | £109.93 @ Aria PC

    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte - GA-AB350-GAMING 3 ATX AM4 Motherboard]( ) | £74.47 @

    **Memory** | [Kingston - HyperX Fury Black 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory]( ) | £62.16 @ Ebuyer

    **Video Card** | [Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Windforce OC Video Card]( ) | Purchased For £0.00

    **Case** | [NZXT - S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case]( ) | £69.95 @ CCL Computers

    **Power Supply** | [SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply]( ) | £77.47 @ Amazon UK

    | *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |

    | **Total** | **£393.98**

    | Generated by [PCPartPicker]( ) 2018-12-20 20:15 GMT+0000 |

    boomincali August 19, 2019

    • replaced 1500x with 2600

    • replaced 350 motherboard with newer 450

    • replaced 2133mhz ram with faster 3200mhz ram

    • replaced gold rated PSU with bronze rated (you won't notice a difference unless if you plan on having the pc on 24/7)

    Leonakerz August 19, 2019

    the thing is, it goes a little bit over my budget...

    Duskthelost August 16, 2019

    Get a Cheaper PSU (masterwatt is plenty reliable), faster RAM, and better CPU:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Type Item Price CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor £129.19 @ Aria PC Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-AB350-GAMING 3 ATX AM4 Motherboard £74.47 @ Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £56.29 @ CCL Computers Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Windforce OC Video Card Purchased For £0.00 Case NZXT - S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case £69.95 @ CCL Computers Power Supply Cooler Master - MasterWatt 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £54.41 @ CCL Computers Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total £384.31 Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-20 20:24 GMT+0000
    DetectiveProBlog August 11, 2019

    Why is there a NVIDIA Driver Helper on my AMD CPU and GPU Computer

    I found out that a file on the

    -NVIDIA Driver Helper Service, Version 353.30

    - Named: nvvsvc

    - From : Microsoft System32 folder of my Windows7

    Was active, and since the birth of my computer!

    is it necessary to my computer which have a ''AMD'' CPU- A8 7650k 10 Compute Core 4C + 6Gand GPU R7 Readon

    Can i delete it or....

    werdna87 August 11, 2019

    It's possible it is used with physX or gameworks in some game

    JosefMao August 18, 2019

    Help! What GPU should I get?

    Hi, I'm upgrading my shitty PC which has an AMD A8-7650K processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM. I currently have no GPU and am looking into buying one, I have $170 to spend and I don't want to have a GPU that bottlenecks my CPU. I am hoping to play overwatch and fortnite at decent settings with 60 fps. I was thinking a GTX 1050Ti or an RX 570.

    BlahBlahBlasphemee August 16, 2019

    Before buying a 1050ti.. supposedly the nVidia GTX 1650 comes out in March with better performance and in your price range

    Knasty1896 August 13, 2019

    Go for the 570 that will fit nicely in your budget. The 1050ti is terrible.

    KwizXo August 11, 2019

    Hello im new to PCs and NEED HELP

    these are my specs and are looking to improve so i can run games such as fortnite on 90+ fps any suggestions

    CPU - AMD A8-7650k

    RAM - 8GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 797MHz

    Motherboard - ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. A68HM-PLUS (FM2+ )

    GPU - 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 Graphics (ASUStek Computer Inc)

    Storage - 931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-08WN4A0 (SATA )

    darkberry91 August 15, 2019

    You need an entire overhaul so pretty much a new PC as the only thing probably worth keeping is the hard drive if you dont go to nothing but ssds

    Paultingcs August 16, 2019

    The best way to improve fps is with a gpu upgrade. If you do one, they’ll be no doubt you’ll see higher FPS, but the CPU which isn’t very good, will be limiting its performance greatly

    KwizXo August 14, 2019

    i was thinking for my gpu 1050ti and getting a ryzen 3 for the processor

    worth or na

    SarahMerigold August 15, 2019

    Thats total scrap. Use pcpartpicker and put something together. r/buildapcforme can help.

    istarian August 19, 2019

    Well the graphics card seems possibly low end (is it the APU or a discrete card?) in relative terms and the cpu was announced in 2014... The third site says it's comparable to a dedicates 840M .

    Also 800MHz seems like pretty slow ram even for DDR3... Double check what the stick is marked as and consider checking the clock settings in the BIOS/UEFI menus. If it's truly DDR3-800:PC6400 then get some faster ram...

    There is no such thing as single channel ram, single or dual channel is afaik entirely a motherboard/chipset feature independent of the ram sticks. However to operate in dual channel, if possible, you will need a second stick a slot that is on the second channel (usually the slots are color coded if there are two channels).

    A new PC wouldn't be a bad idea, but a newer/better graphics card, definitely a dedicated one if you're using the integrated gpu. Faster ram might also improve things, especially if you stick with the integrated graphics.

    copyright123123 August 11, 2019

    Help me choose a GPU (budget 200€)

    CPU: AMD APU A8-7650K

    Mobo: Gigabyte F2a78m

    PSU: 400watt

    Ram: 1x8gb ddr3 1800mhz

    OS: Windows 7 64bit

    I play mainly league of legends, cs:go and prototype 1

    onliandone August 11, 2019

    The best price-performance option in that budget is the RX 570, specifically a 4GB version like the Sapphire Nitro .

    The best performing option is the RX 580 (8GB), here is a list , the sub 200€ Nitro or the even cheaper Pulse are the more attractive options of the cards currently listed there.

    With a 400W PSU I'd stick to the RX 570, and it's also the better option for you if you do not intend to upgrade your processor (+board and ram) soon.

    Donn014 August 17, 2019

    I would say that 200 EUR is a bit too much of a budget for system like yours anyway. You do not have really latest hardware or something like that in reality. I would recommend to build PC on some more advanced parts of yours. Like latest Ryzens or something like that

    copyright123123 August 14, 2019

    i can spend 200 euros, it doesnt have to cost 200 euros

    b00gdabear August 14, 2019

    So my friend is looking to get rid of his old gaming pc, and I came here to see if I should consider buying it. Tried elsewhere and was directed so I hope I can get some help

    Specs are as follows: AMD A8-7650K @ 4ghz ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ 8GB G.SKILL Sniper DRR3 1600 ASUS Nvidia GTX 560ti 1GB EVGA 600w modular PSU 32GB Patriot Torqx2 32GB SSD 2TB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda

    I'm not looking to play with stellar graphics or any hardcore games. Just a casual gamer. Any help is much appreciated.

    torchyboi August 11, 2019

    Personally, I would stay away from this unless you're EXTREMELY casual. Thats a massively power hungry cpu thats already outdated with a matchingly old vram starved gpu. The 16gb of ram is decent, storage is okay and could be boosted with an ssd and the psu is whatever. You're heavily limited on an upgrade path due to your mobo platform bottleneck. You would be limited to essentially indie games or some low specs on older AAA titles. At this point price also comes into consideration. If hes giving you a friend price where hes basically giving it away then theres not much of a reason to say no. But if hes charging you closer the the original msrp of the components then stay far away.

    Menes009 August 15, 2019

    If you don't have any pc and he is delivering it fully functional with Windows installed, you can offer him around 400 USD for it

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