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Just between StarCraft II, League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, over 75 million gamers log on to play PC games virtually every day.1 If you’re looking to join their ranks, you’ll need a desktop that can keep up with the demands of the games. In this blog we’ll show you how to do exactly that with a couple of options all based around the new AMD A10-7870K APU.

THE ULTIMATE BUILD
Our mission: assemble a great desktop PC around the new AMD A10-7870K. To do that, we went to PCPartPicker and lined up a fast AMD Radeon™ GPU, eight gigs of RAM, an SSD, 1TB of mass storage, a solid power supply and a well-respected case.  We also went one step further to ensure that our budget also includes a monitor, keyboard, mouse and operating system. You’ll have everything you’ll need to get up and running!

* Prices current in US dollars as of 12 May, 2015, PCPartPicker
†AMD suggested retail price as of 12 May, 2015

In the world of PC gaming, 30 frames per second (“FPS”) is widely considered the lower threshold for “playable,” or the point where motion in a game becomes fluid enough for play without distraction. Higher is generally better from there, but many gamers strive beat that threshold with a 1920x1080 display, which can display about 2 million pixels of information at any one time.

Our system has a larger 2560x1440 monitor, capable of showing 3.6 million pixels for a bigger, sharper and more detailed image. A bigger picture definitely demands additional performance from the PC, but the rig we’ve assembled effortlessly races past the 30 FPS threshold on every one of these hugely popular games.


System Configuration: AMD-A10 7870K, AMD Radeon™ R9 285, Asus A88X-PRO, 8GB DDR3-2133, AMD Catalyst™ 14.502, Windows 8.1 x64 Professional, 2560x1440 resolution. All games tested with the ultra quality in-game preset.

The charts are clear: our build is a total powerhouse in some seriously popular games. But what the numbers can’t show you is how smooth these games feel thanks to AMD FreeSync™ technology.

AMD FreeSync™ technology is a solution we developed to synchronize the GPU and the monitor to ensure unbelievably fluid gaming. Not every gaming PC can say the same, but keeping these components in lockstep ensures that your gaming experience won’t be haunted by infamous PC gaming issues like stuttering or tearing.

This is a technology that works with any PC game on the planet, and can only be found on select AMD products like the AMD Radeon™ R9 285 GPU or the AMD A10-7870K APU.

We hear you.  Not every gamer has the dosh to plop down $1400 on a gaming PC, so we picked parts that could easily be adjusted to fit different budgets.

* Prices current in US dollars as of 12 May, 2015, PCPartPicker
†AMD suggested retail price as of 12 May, 2015

As we move downward, we have to sacrifice some amenities, though. To reach our new price we had to drop the SSD and our 3.6 million-pixel monitor with AMD FreeSync™. We still need a monitor, though, so we swapped the ASUS MG279Q for a 1080p display: the Acer K242HL. The K242HL is a well-rated display without AMD FreeSync™ for just $149.892, bringing the price of your new system to around $900 US.

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System Configuration: AMD-A10 7870K, AMD Radeon™ R9 285, Asus A88X-PRO, 8GB DDR3-2133, AMD Catalyst™ 14.502, Windows 8.1 x64 Professional, 1920x1080 resolution. All games tested with the ultra quality in-game preset.

Losing the buttery smooth gameplay of AMD FreeSync™ is a definite bummer, but you’re still getting >60 average FPS at max settings thanks to the AMD A10-7870K and the AMD Radeon™ R9 285 GPU.

OKAY, HOW ABOUT $700?

The next step in bringing great gaming to an even more attractive price lies in taking out the AMD Radeon™ R9 285 GPU and scaling back our mouse/keyboard combo. Now our system tips the scales at a cool 712 bucks, which is less than half of the original price of our system. There’s no way we can play these games at high settings, right?

* Prices current in US dollars as of 12 May, 2015, PCPartPicker
†AMD suggested retail price as of 12 May, 2015

Wrong! The numbers don’t lie: the powerful little AMD A10-7870K is still running well over 30 FPS at high to maximum settings across these four hugely popular games.

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EVEN MORE VALUE

From budgets spanning $700-1450, the AMD A10-7870K is more than capable of powering an awesome gaming experience on four killer games played by more than 75,000,000 other gamers. But, truth be told, you might be able to squeeze out an even better budget. Maybe you already have a monitor? That’s at least $140 in your pocket. Maybe you already have a mouse and keyboard? Boom, $30 in your pocket. Already have a copy of Windows®? Boom, 89 greenbacks right into your pocket.

All of those changes could bring the price down to around $425 for a well-appointed gaming PC that’ll get you in these games with great image quality. Plus, you’ll be ready for DirectX® 12, too!

That’s the power of the A10-7870K APU, now available from AMD.

Robert Hallock is the Head of Global Technical Marketing at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

1. StarCraft 2: 145,555 players as of 12 May, 2015 (sc2ranks.com). DOTA2: 10,731,620 players as of 12 May, 2015 (dota2.com). League of Legends: 67,000,000 players as of 12 May, 2015 (riotgames.com). Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 577,186 players as of 12 May, 2015 (steamcharts.com).

2. Price current in USD on Amazon.com as of 12 May, 2015.

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