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help me pick a cpu, mother board, mem on a budget build

im trying to build a system for under 500. i want to be able to play 1080p video to my hd tv including 3d bluray. for os i run manjaro linux and probably will need windows to. anyway i want to keep my options open for a graphics card. i dont play games at this time but plan to try some. so i want a processor with hd for now and could buy a graphics card later. so i need a mother board with pcie 3 x16 and power supply at least 500w. i keep bouncing from amd a series like a8 or a10 to intel i3 3220. if i go with the amd sounds like i need 2133mhz ram so the apu works fast. i currently have picked amd a8-5600k to go with a GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper A88X FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) mother board and G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory.
does this sound like a good match? any money waisted or components overkill for what i want? or is anything not good enough? my tv will be my only monitor at 1080p.
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  1. hello, do you need the entire system or just CPU, Motherboard and memory?? i could help you build an entire system for just $500
  2. Everything looks good. You could probably get away with 4gb of ram if you're only playing videos on it.
  3. I built a HTPC with a A10-6800k for well under $500
  4. yea im looking at diy systems on newegg. as far as the a10 6800k i keep reading feedback about people having problems cause motherboards need the bios update before installing the richland processor so u need a trinity to do that. i dont have one laying around so im just gonna stay away from that problem. seems like picking a system from the diy is hard to do under 500 cause they through in one cheap component somewhere.
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    yea im looking at diy systems on newegg. as far as the a10 6800k i keep reading feedback about people having problems cause motherboards need the bios update before installing the richland processor so u need a trinity to do that. i dont have one laying around so im just gonna stay away from that problem. seems like picking a system from the diy is hard to do under 500 cause they through in one cheap component somewhere.


    This is really a non issue now if you're buying a new motherboard. 99% of the new motherboards out there will support Richland out of the box. You should get a fm2+ motherboard anyway for future upgrade purposes. They 100% support Richland, and new Kaveri too.
  6. so is the GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper A88X FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) an out dated mb? this is were i see the bios problem in feedback. and it seems impossible to pick out a diy system on newegg to get a discount.
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    No all of the A88 motherboards are fm2+ and have only been on the market a few months. They should all support the 6800k right out of the box.
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