Popcorn89, on 12 January 2015 - 02:34 AM, said:
Now, would a 500 or 550w psu be enough ? Also, did I make the right choice opting for the i3-4130 over the fx 6300 and fx 6330? I looked at benchmarks and it appeared as though the i3 was on par with multi threaded things and blew it away in single thread performance.
As Quaker said, a 400 Watt unit is enough, probably more than enough. Though most power supplies hit their peak efficiency (in terms of heat output and noise specifically) around 50–70% of their rated output. 500 W is still low enough that I'd consider it a reasonable choice. If budget constraints mean you're choosing between a mediocre 500 W PSU and a good 400 W PSU though, definitely take the good 400 W unit.
You made the right choice with the Core i3. We're at the point where Haswell-based i3's are usually as fast or faster in games than anything in AMD's FX lineup, and that advantage only widens in games that aren't well threaded.
Kitanul, on 12 January 2015 - 04:01 PM, said:
It's a good start.
As I said a few posts ago, I don't really recommend the GTX 750 Ti unless you are working around a serious PSU limitation. For less money you can get an R7 260X that's just as fast, or for the same money an R7 265 that's faster.
Does your friend actually plan to overclock? If not you could go with a locked Core i5 (-4690, -4590, etc.) and H97 motherboard to save a bit of money to put toward a faster video card. I think it would be wise to get at least an R9 280 for 1080p gaming, especially since Dragon Age: Inquisition is fairly demanding.
Edited by typographie, 13 January 2015 - 03:04 PM.