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June 30, 2013 10:45:47 AM

My current PC is having a few ongoing issues, along with sporadic head-scratchers that have me worried it will not hold up much longer. It is a powerful machine, but not having it 100% (or at least close to 100%!) reliable bothers me... I am trying to start a photography and video business on the side, but I don't feel confident right now charging people for a service I don't know if I'll be able to perform. I don't want to lose access to their data in the middle of a job. At the same time, money is tight, and I won't be able to fix my current machine without a serious investment: I have very specific problems, as I'm running an OS X/W7 dual boot PC, with a finicky OS X set up made to work with exactly the hardware I currently have installed. My mobo seems to be going bad (it is an Asus P6T deluxe v2; two PCI Express slots no longer work, there is a bad DIMM slot that randomly causes the machine to crash, there is a nonfunctional USB port, ditto on the ethernet...). Without investing a lot of time or money into building a new machine with the same functions, I am out of luck in fixing that core problem. That's not feasible right now. So I'm trying to figure out a cheap way (~$300 or less) to build a simple back up machine, probably utilizing Linux, just so I have a way to access my files in case something goes wrong with the main box. I am looking at AMD APUs for value, but I don't have any experience with them. I'm also planning on a micro-ATX build. Is there anything I should know before going in? Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

Rosewill Micro-ATX mini tower

Corsair 430w psu

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35

AMD A8-5500

Kingston HyperX 8GB RAM

That's pretty much it... I have an Intel 80GB SSD from around 3 years ago as a boot drive in my current PC, but I'd probably buy a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro, put that in my main machine, and use the old SSD in the new build. Anything else would be attached as external storage.

I might be able to get away with only 4GB of RAM, but I'm looking at 8 for doing basic video/photo editing, and also the possibility of converting this machine into a media center or NAS server in the future. I don't need a ton of power, but I want something snappy.

As an aside, I'm trying to build something compact. Smaller the better. I was checking out mini-ITX boards but it seems that compactness comes with a price premium. Any suggestions there? Even a sleeker case would be great, if I'm keeping this build as-is. But anyway, that one is more a "nice to have," it obviously isn't necessary to the functioning of the PC.

I can install an OS with a flash drive, so I'm not worried about a disc drive. I can add one later if it's needed.

Thanks for any input in advance.

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June 30, 2013 11:46:08 AM

Sorry to hear about your current PC issues...not fun:(  In the meantime we need to build you a cheap little back up rig.
You have some good components there, but you could be doing a little better.

Here is what I would reccomend for about $300:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bRR3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bRR3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bRR3/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $291.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 14:19 EDT-0400)


I was able to fit a A10 5700 quad core APU into your budget. This APU is only slightly behind the new Richland APUs and at a fraction of the cost. I picked up the highly rated ASRock A75 Motherboard. You said it would be nice to have 8gb of RAM so I threw in 8gb 1866 memory. Its very fast stuff and fast memory really improves the graphics performance of an APU. I also went with a Rosewill Micro ATX case. Mini ITX would be nice, but I think its a little bit out of your price range unfortunately. Finally, the Corsair 430w PSU was used. It isn't the worlds best PSU, but it is enough to power your little rig.

Hopefully this helped. Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!
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June 30, 2013 12:41:40 PM

Thanks so much andystanley! Your build looks great. The only concern I'd have is the price of the APU, $60+ more than my original choice. It seems like a nice chip for the price, but I don't know if the cost vs performance would be justified for my use. Maybe it would be... I'll have to take a bit to think about that.

The issue I always have with new builds is that very price creep... I ask myself, oh what's $50 here, $60 there. I always want just a little bit more. Trying to pare this one down to the essentials in order to avoid that. Not that the suggestion isn't appreciated! I'm definitely considering it.

Okay, here's a question: is there any significant difference between the A10-5700 and A10-5800K? Because prices are near identical as far as I can tell, and the 5800K appears to be a faster card. It is actually $20 cheaper than the 5700 on newegg after rebate. I see that it uses up more power, but a 430w psu should be more than enough to cover the difference.
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June 30, 2013 3:06:23 PM

jzkarap said:
Thanks so much andystanley! Your build looks great. The only concern I'd have is the price of the APU, $60+ more than my original choice. It seems like a nice chip for the price, but I don't know if the cost vs performance would be justified for my use. Maybe it would be... I'll have to take a bit to think about that.

The issue I always have with new builds is that very price creep... I ask myself, oh what's $50 here, $60 there. I always want just a little bit more. Trying to pare this one down to the essentials in order to avoid that. Not that the suggestion isn't appreciated! I'm definitely considering it.

Okay, here's a question: is there any significant difference between the A10-5700 and A10-5800K? Because prices are near identical as far as I can tell, and the 5800K appears to be a faster card. It is actually $20 cheaper than the 5700 on newegg after rebate. I see that it uses up more power, but a 430w psu should be more than enough to cover the difference.


Ha ha! I know how you feel ;)  same thing happens to me all the time. I am aiming for a $1000 build and all the sudden I'm at $1200:( 

If you can get a 5800k for nearly the same price or lower, go for it! Its a bit faster and its unlocked. So you could OC in the future if necessary. If you can afford the a10 that's great, but if not the a8 is still a fantastic quad core chip! The graphics and CPU are a little bit slower, but nothing huge.

Hopefully this helped. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Cheers!
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June 30, 2013 4:10:24 PM

Thanks to your help I think I have finalized the build...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bWtW

Discounts are actually higher than what's shown there; there is a promo code for $7.70 off the RAM as well. And the combo comes with a $20 gift card in addition to the $30 discount. All in all, it seems like a pretty damn capable system for $250.
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June 30, 2013 4:47:17 PM

jzkarap said:
Thanks to your help I think I have finalized the build...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bWtW

Discounts are actually higher than what's shown there; there is a promo code for $7.70 off the RAM as well. And the combo comes with a $20 gift card in addition to the $30 discount. All in all, it seems like a pretty damn capable system for $250.


Wow that is really an awesome budget build! Through in that 80gb intel SSD and you'll have a very snappy machine.

Have fun building it!:) 
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