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4. GPU-For gaming computers is best to get the biggest GPU you can afford. That's where the extra $100 comes in. N760, N770 & R9 280X are right where you want to be in my opinion.
Why add a gpu?
The Apu already has graphics built in
Unless you plan on really gaming hard the Apu works well
Agreed!If I were in your shoes I would go with the APU and no graphics card at this point. The other members have brought up some valid points. You always have the option to add a discrete video card at a later time. Also there isn't very many good sales on the higher end cards at the moment.
I have 4 different rigs all at 1680*1080 resolution, that I game on and the majority of the time I see no difference between any of them. They range from an I7 4770k at 4.5 with a 580 gtx, the rig in my signature, on it down to a 955be at 4.1 with a 5850 on it. The only difference is when playing graphic intensive games such as BF3 and BF4 I don't have all the eye candy turned up on the lesser system. Otherwise there really isn't any noticeable difference for me. If you were a big time gamer and wanted to play high resolutions with all the eye candy turned up then yes there would be a difference, but that's not the case here.In the past, I have always targeted around $150 for a video card. Once upon a time, I replaced a 3 year old $150 video card with a brand new $400 card. I could barely tell the difference. I ended up returning the $400 card and sticking with my ancient $150 card until I built a new rig. That was in the mid 90's.
3. PSU-As mentioned you won't need 650W although threes nothing wrong with getting a larger one (I normally do to). I dropped this build to a 500W as it's unlikely you'll SLI your GPU.
Here is some game play with just onboard gpu
Wow.... This is a very helpful post!
The comment from the youtube poster says the youtube doesnt do it justice either and the actual gameplay is better than the youtube.
This is heavy ammo for using the onboard GPU. I think I will start with the onboard GPU and see how it goes. I can always buy one later.
The FX6300 is a great CPU however the OP stated in his opening post he didn't want a CPU that produced excessive heat. The 6 & 8 core FX chips most definitely create alot of heat. With proper ventilation and CPU cooling it would be a good CPU for him. The problem I see with your suggestion is more with the Mobo you chose. I understand you've built a system with this pair recently, however; the ASRock 970 Extreme3 has a 4+1 VRM section and known thermal throttling issues that you may not have noticed yet. Generally speaking it's a bad idea to put a 6 or 8 core FX on a board with only a 4+1 power phase.