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July 15, 2013 1:54:30 PM

So about a month ago I planned out my first PC build. It was on a 300$ budget, but now that my build time has been pushed back slightly, the budget has gone up to 350$. What is the best bang-for-the buck component that I should spend more on?
I will be upgrading this computer throughout the year until I've sunk about 600-650 into it, what I'm asking for is either the part that will save me the cost of an upgrade later or the part that will boost the speed of the system from the beginning so I don't have to endure a slow computer for a month or so.
I'm using this for Java and web development, beginning GIMP/Photoshop, word processing, and as an HTPC.
My current build: PU AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core $63.24
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 $69.98
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $32.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $52.98
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower $42.73
Power Supply Cooler Master 460W ATX12V $19.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.98
I do not need a better optical drive, and I am open to leaving this one out to get even more money to spend on other components. The power supply is normally 45$, but it's on sale. I'm also happy with the case and do not want to change.
Right now, I'm trying to decide between a boot SSD, replacing my HDD with a small (120 GB) HDD and getting more space later, upgrading the processor, or getting more+faster ram. I'm also thinking about OC'ing if I decide not to upgrade the processor until later, would I need water cooling?
Thanks!
Note: I have not ordered any of these parts yet, so I am not tied to them an any way. If you could completely rework my build and come up at a 350$ machine that is as upgradable as mine and outperforms any 50$ increase I could do with this build, go right ahead, but I think it would be simpler to use this as a base. The only things that are nesscessary are FM2 socket in the mobo and a compatible CPU, at least 4 RAM slots in the mobo, and a white case.

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July 15, 2013 2:09:38 PM

Are you trying to do any gaming or productivity on this machine? Or will this be mainly for browsing the web, email, word processing, etc.
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July 15, 2013 2:13:12 PM

If you're using it as a coding box, I would put more punch into the CPU then I would for my other HTPCs. In this case, I might put as much CPU in it as I could possibly afford. If you were looking for where to drop extra money, IMHO, that would be where I would put it in this particular case. Water cooling, etc, doesn't do any benefit until you get into significant overclocking territory.
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July 15, 2013 2:19:19 PM

Add one more stick of 4GB ram.

Why?
2 sticks perform better than 1 in dual channel.

More RAM will help with image processing, and trying to squeeze a 128GB SSD into that extra $50 is problematic, even if you take out the 500GB HDD.
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July 15, 2013 2:50:27 PM

Brian Kozik said:

My current build:
CPU AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core $63.24
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 $69.98
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $32.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $52.98
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower $42.73
Power Supply Cooler Master 460W ATX12V $19.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.98


1. Stick with 1 stick of 4GB RAM, so that you can buy a matching stick later. Do not get 2 x 2GB, as I think that will be short lived. You will lose small RAM performance, but upgrade will be easier.

2. Your CPU + Mobo combo budget is about $135, which is pretty low. For the tasks you plan to do, I recommend a Quad Core at the least, if you can work it out somehow. I would spend a bit more for cpu, and a little less for mobo, if that is the only way to make the budget work. Athlon X4 750K for ~$80 Or A8-5600K for ~$90 would be better choice for FM2. If you have Frys or Microcenter nearby, you can find cpu mobo combo deal in which you get kick ass cpu with discounted or free mobo which would be perfect for your build.

3. If you can live without 500GB storage, getting a SSD would definitely give you performance boost, but will increase the budget another $50+. If you had to decide between quad core cpu vs ssd, I would always go with the cpu first, then the ssd later.
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July 15, 2013 3:31:54 PM

SirGCal said:
If you're using it as a coding box, I would put more punch into the CPU then I would for my other HTPCs. In this case, I might put as much CPU in it as I could possibly afford. If you were looking for where to drop extra money, IMHO, that would be where I would put it in this particular case. Water cooling, etc, doesn't do any benefit until you get into significant overclocking territory.


So this is what I should do?
CPU AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core $109.99
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 $69.98
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $32.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $52.98
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower $42.73
Power Supply Cooler Master 460W ATX12V $19.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.98

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/bkboss/saved/1TMi
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July 15, 2013 3:33:10 PM

goonbar79 said:
Brian Kozik said:

My current build:
CPU AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core $63.24
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 $69.98
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $32.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $52.98
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower $42.73
Power Supply Cooler Master 460W ATX12V $19.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.98


1. Stick with 1 stick of 4GB RAM, so that you can buy a matching stick later. Do not get 2 x 2GB, as I think that will be short lived. You will lose small RAM performance, but upgrade will be easier.

2. Your CPU + Mobo combo budget is about $135, which is pretty low. For the tasks you plan to do, I recommend a Quad Core at the least, if you can work it out somehow. I would spend a bit more for cpu, and a little less for mobo, if that is the only way to make the budget work. Athlon X4 750K for ~$80 Or A8-5600K for ~$90 would be better choice for FM2. If you have Frys or Microcenter nearby, you can find cpu mobo combo deal in which you get kick ass cpu with discounted or free mobo which would be perfect for your build.

3. If you can live without 500GB storage, getting a SSD would definitely give you performance boost, but will increase the budget another $50+. If you had to decide between quad core cpu vs ssd, I would always go with the cpu first, then the ssd later.


So would replacing the previous processor with the A10- 5800k would be the best upgrade?
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July 15, 2013 3:35:20 PM

Neospiral said:
Are you trying to do any gaming or productivity on this machine? Or will this be mainly for browsing the web, email, word processing, etc.


I'm going to be using it for development (Java, Python, C, web) and image editing/creating/processing (I'm teaching myself how to use photoshop/gimp) and occasional video editing (but not often enough to justify a big budget) as well as occasional light gaming (minecraft, older mmorpgs like League of Legends or Star Wars).
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