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Component recommendations for new build

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#1 haveron


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

I intend to build a new rig for a family member in a few weeks, with it being mainly used for generic tasks such as surfing the web, as well as some photo editing and light gaming. They already have a HDD and optical drive, so I am looking for recommendations for a graphics card, cpu, motherboard, case, ram and power supply. I haven't looked at components in a while so I am a bit out of the loop but I was thinking that an am3+ motherboard, 8GB DDR3 ram and a phenom X6 or fx series would be a good place to start. They would like to spend as little as possibile, preferably below 350 but 400 maximum, with cost to performance ratio as well as future proofing being the preferred attributes. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:21 PM

$400 is a really tight budget but since you mentioned light gaming, i would suggest an APU which would be able to handle the task at hand.

CPU: AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz - $130 - The best CPU you can get for FM2.
Motherboard: ASUS F2A85-M/CSM FM2 AMD A85X- $100 - Uses the flagship chipset.
Ram: CORSAIR 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $40 - Plenty for the long run.
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion- $65 - A reasonably sized case that has ample airflow.
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W - $60 - More then enough wattage.

Total: $395 excluding postage, rebates and tax.

System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png

#3 DJBPace07


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Don't forget, you need to factor in the cost of Windows at $100.



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