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Which is better for budget/bang for buck.

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March 22, 2014 6:40:21 AM

Ok, so I'm pretty new to the whole build it yourself. I have to builds I've been wondering about and I'd like some constructive criticism. :) 
I have a max budget of about 700$ +/- 50

APU: A10-7850k kaveri 3.76GHz
HDD: Seagate barracuda 1TB(Don't care for model numbers on these.)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1866
M/B: MSI A78-E45 FM2+
PSU: Corsair CX 500 Watt 80+


2nd option(pretty pricey :[ ):
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-core processor
HDD: WD caviar blue 250gb
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB
M/B: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+
PSU: Corsiar CX 500 Watt 80+


... Well there you have it :(  :/  I was wondering if the APU was worth it because I wouldn't have to buy a GPU. Thanks for the advice/help in advance :) 

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March 22, 2014 6:58:03 AM

definitely option #2
but with better mobo, Asus M5A97 2.0
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March 22, 2014 7:21:38 AM

Andrew0223 said:
Ok, so I'm pretty new to the whole build it yourself. I have to builds I've been wondering about and I'd like some constructive criticism. :) 
I have a max budget of about 700$ +/- 50

APU: A10-7850k kaveri 3.76GHz
HDD: Seagate barracuda 1TB(Don't care for model numbers on these.)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1866
M/B: MSI A78-E45 FM2+
PSU: Corsair CX 500 Watt 80+


2nd option(pretty pricey :[ ):
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-core processor
HDD: WD caviar blue 250gb
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB
M/B: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+
PSU: Corsiar CX 500 Watt 80+


... Well there you have it :(  :/  I was wondering if the APU was worth it because I wouldn't have to buy a GPU. Thanks for the advice/help in advance :) 

Consider this PSU: http://tinyurl.com/ougs2db I was going to use a corsair, but this one is on sale from $60 down to $30 after a promo code and a mail in rebate, and this one is semi modular.
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March 22, 2014 7:22:27 AM

Also, do not get an APU. APU's are only better for PC's you want to build under $500 and do not want to be able to upgrade. APU upgrade paths are very limited if there is one.
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March 22, 2014 7:23:01 AM

Thanks for the quick answer. :) 
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March 22, 2014 7:31:28 AM

Andrew0223 said:
Thanks for the quick answer. :) 

Sure. This forum has helped me so much and I am trying to give back.
I came up with a build for myself around $600 here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ejOd
It should have similar performance for less, and the PSU is semi modular
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