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Advice on Intel to AMD system upgrade? (on the cheap)

Hi everyone,

Years ago I handed down my old build to my mum for her to use pretty much just for emails and web browsing, but the thing is getting unbelievably slow. Here are the specs of the current build:

Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P rev 2.1
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00 GHz
Kingston DDR2 RAM 2 GB @ 400 MHz
Asus GeForce 8600 GT 512 MB
Seagate ST3120026A 120GB HDD
Pioneer DVR-105 (dear lord, the HDD and ODD are still connected using IDE!)
Cooler Master 460W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm looking to rip out most of her system and install a new one, for as cheap as possible, so I've been considering changing to AMD. Never built an AMD system before, so just wondering what the performance is like compared to the Intels? Here are the parts I have chosen for the new build (prices taken from PC Case Gear as that's where I want to order it from):

ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard - $79
AMD FX-4300 4 Core Black Edition @ 3.80 GHz - $125
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (2x2GB) DDR3 @ 1600 MHz - $55
Gigabyte Radeon R7 240 2GB OC - $75
SanDisk X110 SSD 64GB - $69
Pioneer DVR-221LBK - $25
use existing PSU
existing Windows OR Windows 8.1 Pro OEM - $165?

I would like advice on the build I've chosen... will it outperform the existing build reasonably well? Is there anything I should spend more money on? I am after the fastest build possible for around $500 australian, that's why I was considering Windows 8 as it's meant to boot quicker?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks heaps!
-antoni7 :D
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  1. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o1mg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o1mg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o1mg/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($62.00 @ CPL Online)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ CPL Online)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $511.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 14:33 EST+1000)

    Also, for gfx, get a 6670 to crossfire with onboard graphics if you can afford it. ($75 dollars more)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-AMD-Radeon-HD6670-2G-HD-6670-2GB-GDDR3-VGA-DVI-HDMI-PCI-E-Graphic-Video-Card-/320967998243?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item4abb2efb23
  2. ak47jar3d said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o1mg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o1mg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3o1mg/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($62.00 @ CPL Online)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ CPL Online)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $511.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 14:33 EST+1000)

    Also, for gfx, get a 6670 to crossfire with onboard graphics if you can afford it. ($75 dollars more)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-AMD-Radeon-HD6670-2G-HD-6670-2GB-GDDR3-VGA-DVI-HDMI-PCI-E-Graphic-Video-Card-/320967998243?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item4abb2efb23


    Hi, thanks for your build info, case not needed I'm using the existing one, and would really prefer an SSD for performance increases (there is next to nothing stored on this pc anyway just mainly emails).
  3. True. But for a budget build a 64 gb ssd makes no sense. I would only recommend ssd for builds that cost 1000+.
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