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AMD Godavari Gaming PC: Ultimate PC Build Guide

AMD Godavari Gaming PC: Ultimate PC Build Guide

AMD Godavari Gaming PC: Ultimate Value Build Guide

 

Alright! Another build guide for our Gamebuildpc builders but this time, We’ll feature AMD and to tell you frankly, This build doesn’t need a graphics card.

AMD’s Godavari architecture CPU not only have Quad-core CPU on board but 47% of its Die(integrated circuit) area was powered by very powerful DirectX 11 Graphics processor. A scaled-down version of the same GCN architecture that you can also found from desktop radeon graphics cards.

 

Now, you might ask what is this built-in graphics” on AMD cpu? Why do I need an APU?

To answer that question, AMD’s system architecture (HSA),  Heterogeneous System Architecture. An improved processor design that exposes the benefits and capabilities of programmable compute elements, CPU and GPU working together seamlessly. It has the ability to treat both CPU cores and integrated graphics processing cores as equal that they can work together rather than working separately. Basically, our computers CPU and GPU communicate through relatively slow PCI-express bus.

hsa architecture
Image Credit: HSA AMD.com

But through HSA, these two processor can now access the same system memory to collaborate and work together as one. It also need an updated software to fully utilize its function to achieve it’s performance.

So with all that in mind let’s start with our parts!

  • #1.) A10 7890K 4.1-4.3 ghz 4-core.

This CPU or rather APU is not your grandpa’s CPU. But seriously, again a reminder APU contains both CPU and GPU components. On the CPU componet side, technically Steamroller microarchitecture does not signifacantly improved compare to previous Richland microarchitecture but this bad boy delivers low-power consumption without losing any performance.

While on GPU component side, this integrated graphics processor gives you an access to some serious performance features, aside from DirectX11, is AMD’s Mantle API that allows game developers to better optimize games like some triple A titles to make the most of their cpu and gpu power they have. A combination of DirectX11 and AMD Mantle API drivers.

And also, AMD True Audio DSP technology or Digital sound processor. This piece of processor on-board revolutionize audio technology that you can actually achieve out-game special effects, noise cancellation, echoes and also with in-game that bounces realistically on the objects accurately according to the players surrounding compare to some cheap software technology.

Lastly, the Dual-graphics capability to crossfire 1 GPU on your PCI-e bus with your APU. Basically it will run your APU on crossfire with your supported desktop graphics card for optimum performance improvements.

 

  • #2.) G.Skill Ripjaws Z (4X2) 8GB 2400MHz

Like what most of our build guides here in Gamebuildpc, I always suggest to grab yourself an 8GB RAM and call it a day. But in this AMD Godavari build guide, not just that we’ve found out that 8GB is the sweet-spot for most people unless you’re a content creator, video editor and uses heavy task but also that in addition to Dual-channel, DDR3 1600MHz there is a huge signifance and benefit using up to 2400MHz Dual-channel DDR3 memory.

So I went to G.Skill Ripjaws Z (4×2) 8GB 2400MHz cheapest memory card I’ve found in PCHub. This plain works why not give it a try. You can also select with the same specs from different manufacturers like Corsair and Kingston.

Remember that we’re using DDR3 not DDR4.

  • #3.) GA-F2A88XM-HD3P

For our motherboard, I wasn’t picky on selecting a motherboard here on our AMD Godavari build guide, I just went to PCHub page and select this FM2+ board. Please just make sure that youu should get the FM2+ and not the FM2.

FM2+ CPU’s are not backward compatible with FM2 boards, where as FM2+ boards will work just fine with FM2 CPU. So make sure before going to your favorite PC parts shop, FM2+ and FM2 labels should clearly identified before buying it well if you’re not sure just go ahead to your manufacturer’s website.

This board supports:

  1. for DDR3 2400(OC)
  2. for RAID 0
  3. for 4k UHD Display
  4. multiple independent display outputs simultaneously through AMD Eyefinity Technology

 

  • #4.) Cooler Master Hyper 212x

We could use the CPU cooler that comes free with your APU but this one Hyper 212x will give us a headroom for overclocking (if you want), this also looks better and sound quieter as a whole.

 

  • #5.) Zotac T500 120GB SSD

This is my personal choice. If you’ve read my previous build I highly suggest having an SSD right now and if you have few cash saved up you can buy a 1 or 2TB hard disk mainly for your movies and compilation of games. You’ll feel better as your loading / boot time roughly will take up to 6- 10 secs if your OS installed on SSD.

 

  • #6.) Optional ( R7 250 ) Graphics Card

This is an optional pick because this will fall under “upgrade-later” since we’re going to build a value optimized gaming system. But this R7 250 will work perfectly fine running on crossfire with your dedicated on-board graphics. This will improve your fps and performance on running some high end games later on down the line.

Thanks to Ace Cabusas, for bringing this up that using R7 370 series wouldn’t work crossfire / dual graphics with APU.

  • #7.) Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze

Alright for our PSU, I went to Seasonic S12II a non-modular  power supply but has 80+ bronze certification. My entry level for a PSU that gives me confidence that my system will work just fine. They’re quiet and seasonic has a fantastic reputation in terms of their powersupply.

  • #8.) Cooler Master N300 Window Edition

It doesn’t have many frills but it looks pretty nice and decent for its price not to mention it is also window type case where you can see your build inside.

 

TL;DR:

Here we go, to sum it up- I hope you still read why I chose these components but if you have questions, recommendations, suggestions and any -tions just comment below we’ll discuss it and without further ado here’s the parts and price at PCHub :

 

PARTS COMPONENTS PRICES
APU A10 7890K 4.1-4.3 ghz 4-core PHP 7300
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws Z (4X2) 8GB 2400MHz PHP 2820
MOTHERBOARD GA-F2A88XM-HD3P PHP 3350
CPU FAN(optional) Cooler Master Hyper 212x PHP 1750
SSD Zotac T500 120GB PHP 1999
PSU Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze PHP 2570
CASE Cooler Master N300 Window Edition PHP 2050
TOTAL PHP 21,839

In addition, if you’re going to use your stock fan and a Fractal design core 1000 USB3 case for Php 1660. The total price will become  Php 19,699 🙂

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Here’s a gameplay of Fallout 4 by youtuber:Soplox using AMD A10 7890k on 1080p. Btw, you can play this game through medium settings too and you’ll get a very satisfying results.

 

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Thanks!

 

Regards,

Kevin

2 thoughts on “AMD Godavari Gaming PC: Ultimate PC Build Guide

  1. Hey there, I have this MSI A88XM-E35 v2 Motherboard and it doesnt support 2400MHz Ram, will it be okay if I just use a 8Gb 2133Mhz Ram and get a good gaming Experience?

    APU : A8-7600
    MoBo : MSi A88Xm-E32 V2
    Ram : 8gb 1600Mhz

    what do you suggest for a GPU that will support my APU for Dual Graphics?

    I am still planning to upgrade some of my components like PSU RAM and APU, if I get the budget I need but for now my priority is to lessen the expenses.

    1. And sir Kevin, maybe you can give me a suggested GPU that would perfectly crossfire on A8-7600 iGPU. I was thinking R7 250 and Rx 460 but doubting that I end up bottlenecking. Thanks.

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