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AMD Challenge


Well-known member
Apr 12, 2012
Nepean, ON
I am issuing a challenge to all you fellow HardwareCanuck members.

The challenge: Put together an AMD based system that is mATX form factor, can overclock and can play games like WoW, Diablo II, Civ V, Marvel Heroes & SWTOR at 1080P.

I am big on aesthetics so keep the parts to same colour scheme.

The Budget $300.00-$400.00
Parts already have.

CPU: AMD A10-6800K
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X60
SSD: Intel 520 120GB
Case: Corsair Obsidian 350D w/Window
PSU: Corsair AX850
Peripherals: RAT3 Mouse, Gaming Keyboard 22" Philips IPS LED Monitor

Parts Needed:
Graphics Card (AMD or NVIDIA, does not matter)
Sound Card
Case Fans (Optional)

Lets see what you come up with.


Well-known member
Feb 10, 2010
London, ON
I will take you up on your AMD challenge.

My recommendation for your budget would be as follows:

  • Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 (Shipped from TigerDirect for $96.66)
  • Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG (Available at Canada Computers in Ottawa for $34.99)
  • Memory: 8GB Patriot Viper 3 Mamba Black 2133MHz [PV38G213C1K] (Available at Canada Computers in Ottawa for $89.99)

You could use the MSI Radeon HD 7750 2GB graphics card which ships from TigerDirect for $110.70 if you want to try to set up dual graphics. But dual graphics only works in newer DX10 and DX11 based games.

If you do not want dual graphics, I would recommend the MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB which is available at Canada Computers in Ottawa for $119.99.

Or you could get a MSI Radeon HD 7790 HD 1GB which is also available at Canada Computers in Ottawa for $149.99. With that card, the total cost of all of the components would be just over your budget by $20. It could be within your $400 budget if you could find it on sale and/or with a MIR.

Total cost for the system using the above recommended graphics cards:
  • 7750 - $332.34 ($375.54 after tax)
  • 7770 - $341.63 ($386.04 after tax)
  • 7790 - $371.63 ($419.94 after tax)

My personal recommendation would be to try the integrated GPU with these games. If that is not fast enough to play these games at 1080p, I would go with the 7770 as it stays within your budget and provides a "decent" game play experience in most games.
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Well-known member
Oct 3, 2011
Don't bother with dual graphics. If you really want to use a discrete video card, do just that. In reality though, I would test your build while using integrated graphics. You will probably find that that particular chip provides decent enough 3D performance in those games.