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April 20, 2013 12:43:04 PM

Hi,

I'm seeking advice (suggestions, modifications, changes,...) to my upcoming first build. It's to replace an existing Dell Pentium 2.8 Ghz machine with 2GB Ram that's 6 years old. The current machine does it's job well but will cease to be available. It runs as a dual boot machine between XP and Linux but rarely is the XP side used any longer. It's primary job is office work with light photo editing but no video or complex editing. Web connection's vital because of access to Google docs, email...It's at work so gaming isn't an option or requirement.

The new machine I've speced to replace it is:

-MSI Motherboard FM2-A85XA-G65 $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-AMD A6-5400K APU 3.6Ghz Processor $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Crucial 4GB Single DDR3 1600 $37.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-WD RE4 500 GB Enterprise Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA II, 64 MB $89.90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Cooler Master Elite 350 RC350-KKR500 500W Power Supply Mid Tower Case $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $392.85

-Linux Operating System
-No monitor, mouse or key board needed

I'm hoping for a life expectancy of the new system to be about 7 years with perhaps upgrades through that time. This would be my first build.

Thanks for any thought.
April 20, 2013 2:48:48 PM

Intel:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($58.57 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.28 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.30 @ Newegg)
Total: $401.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 17:43 EDT-0400)
AMD:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.28 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.30 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 17:48 EDT-0400)
Remove the SSD from the 2nd one if you want.
The A10 should be 115$ @Amazon, and the build comes up to 403$.(Pcpartpicker loves microcenter.)
April 20, 2013 4:08:39 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
Intel:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($58.57 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.28 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.30 @ Newegg)
Total: $401.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 17:43 EDT-0400)
AMD:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.28 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.30 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 17:48 EDT-0400)
Remove the SSD from the 2nd one if you want.
The A10 should be 115$ @Amazon, and the build comes up to 403$.(Pcpartpicker loves microcenter.)


Thank you. That's exactly what I was looking for. Are the ASRock boards of a good quality and will last 7 years?
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April 20, 2013 4:18:14 PM

Asrock are decent. I would prefer an ASUS board, but the difference is so minuscule if you aren't overclocking (which by the nature of your build, I'm sure you aren't)
April 21, 2013 9:31:19 AM

Just gonna ask, which one of the builds do you like the most? Which one are you getting?
April 21, 2013 10:56:23 AM

Probable the AMD A10 one but still waffling between them because I like them both. Not sure I've a great need for 8GB of memory because of the computer's use. If I did go the 4GB route, I'm leaning towards G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desk.top Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ.
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