Our cheapest gaming rig, this system runs Linux (or unlicensed windows 10) to give you a gaming system on a budget! Utilizing an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) from AMD, you'll have on-board graphics for gaming that outmatch even Intel's best "HD" graphics. You'll be able to run games like The Elder Scrolls 5, Borderlands, Command and Conquer 3, Dead Space, and more at reasonably high settings, and even modern online titles like Overwatch, PUBG, Fortnite, and GTA5 at playable settings. For those who just want a working gaming computer that can run their games (but also a system they can do work on or watch hilarious youtube videos), this is the system for you!
1) Apevia X-QTIS-BK case
2) AMD A6-9500 Dual-Core APU (Upgrades below)
3) Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H motherboard
4) Patriot Viper Elite Series, 8GB DDR4 RAM (1x8GB) @2400MHz
5) 320GB OEM hard drive (manufacturer may vary)
6) EVGA 500W power supply
7) Linux Black Lab MATE OS (May need WineHQ to run .exe games) OR Windows 10 Home UNLICENSED
Important: APUs combine CPU and GPU components into a powerful processor. Below are how fast and powerful each APU is, so you can choose the processor that fits your needs! Cores are the physical areas on a processor that handle numbers and computing. Threads are also called "logical processors", since they are the actual workers in the system. You can think of "cores" as gas stations, and "threads" as the gas pumps. The data would be cars in this analogy. The more gas stations you have, the better, but the more pumps you have, the more cars you can get fueled up and ready to go. With that in mind, have fun reading the descriptions for each APU listed below!
A6-9500: This dual-core APU excels at bringing gaming to a <$50 chip, where it would normally cost around $90 ($40 for a gpu, $50 for a CPU). It comes with a stock heat sink, and clocks up to a rapid 3.8GHz, perfect for most games' demands! (2 Cores, 2 Threads, 6 Graphics Cores, 3.5GHz-3.8GHz)
A8-9600: While slower, this APU hits more modern titles' demands, thanks to its four processing cores! Quad-Core processors are needed to run more modern titles at a buttery-smooth 60fps. With an A8 APU, you'll surpass the A6 by leaps and bounds. (4 Cores, 4 Threads, 6 Graphics Cores, 3.1GHz-3.4GHz)
A10-9700: Imagine the best of both previous APUs. This chip has the A6's speed with the A8's core and thread count. This APU delivers on core count and speed, running titles like Fortnite, Call of Duty BO4, GTA5, and more a breeze (a hot breeze, to be precise). This is a highly recommended option, unless you're willing to spend the extra $15 for the Ryzen APU below! (4 Cores, 4 Threads, 6 Graphics Cores, 3.5GHz-3.8GHZ)
Ryzen 3 2200G: The first APU out of Bristol Ridge's over 30nm processing die, this APU uses Vega graphics cores instead of Radeon R7's. This results in higher settings for graphics for all your favorite titles. It also comes with 8 graphics cores instead of 6! (4 Cores, 4 Threads, 8 Graphics Cores, 3.5GHz-3.7GHz)
Ryzen 5 2400G: Truly a monster of an APU. For the APU enthusiast out there, this APU ushers in 3 extra graphics cores for even HIGHER graphics options, making 1080P medium settings on modern titles possible. Add in double the thread count, the fastest speeds of all the APUs, and the bragging rights of owning a Ryzen 5, and this is an option worth investing in! (4 Cores, 8 Threads, 3.6GHz-3.9GHz)