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Greetings!

Long and short of it, my comp died on me after 8 years of loyal service. (C2D E6600 2.4GHZ + ASUS P5B Delux + NVIDIA 7600GT > later upgraded to 8600GT) Was great in 2006, not so much in 2014.

Need to pick up something new, but I'm on a budget.

Budget: $220-250 (Approximately in Indian Rupees 13000-15000)

Components required: Cpu + Motherboard + RAM (I have a 400W PSU and a Coolermaster cabinet. I'm also rocking my old 19" monitor. I may or may not upgrade depending on savings / budget. I've been wanting to rock a dual monitor setup for a while now, might just do that.) Also, ideally I'd like to avoid buying a graphics card. Something with an onboard setup that'll rock at least 1600xwhatever res ; preferably 1900x1080 or 1900x1200 and above and run movies in HD and allow for optimum gfx acceleration with Chrome / Photoshop / etc... I can always pick up a GFX card later and help boost performance if required, down the line.

Approximate purchase date: Around 22nd - 25th of July (New credit cycle and our govt's new financial budget should hit markets making things a tad cheaper.)

Need / Requirement: I'm going to primarily use it to browse the web, watch videos / films in HD, use Photoshop (a fair bit) / Illustrator and some amateur video editing. (Nothing fancy, just stitching together stuff with my kids doing things...) I used to be a hardcore gamer but it's been a while since I've played anything and I doubt I'll ever want to run anything fancy on full graphics ever again. So pro graphics are not a high requirement, but I wouldn't want to run something ancient either.

I'd also ideally like to have a motherboard with decent sound, USB3 and some newer creature comforts. (Something that is at least 2013, if not newer)

Manufacturer preference: None really. Anything's cool as long as it's good and won't kill my budget. I know AMD provides more bang for the buck, but I've also heard of other drawbacks.

Current combo options:

1) CPU: AMD FX 6300+ 3.9GHZ
Motherboard: ASUS M5A88
+ 4GB DDR 3 RAM

Thoughts on combo: Provides a fair bit of power but the Graphics are the equivalent of a Radeon 4250. (That's like 2009!) Also I'm not sure if the Mobo supports USB 3.

2) CPU: APU A8-6600K 3.9GHZ (If I'm not mistaken) +
Motherboard: GA-F2A55M
+ 4GB DDR 3 RAM

Thoughts on combo: Not as powerful as the FX 6300, but should ideally make up for in the graphics dept with the 8570HD. But I didn't see USB 3 on the Motherboard again. Nor am I sure if it's worth giving up on the computing power for the graphics. But 8570 HD > 4250 by a mile.

3) CPU: Core i5 4440
Motherboard: No idea what I'd go with here
+ 4GB DDR3 RAM

Thoughts on combo: Significantly more powerful than the previous 2, but also more expensive (In India, last I checked it was almost $100 more expensive (there or there abotus)) And I have no idea what motherboard to go with.

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I'm completely open to any kind of suggestions or thoughts on my current build. Just want to ensure I get an all-round system that is not low on power nor something that will seem absolutely out of breath while trying to do any photo editing or HD viewing, etc... I was really used to the comforts of my Asus P5B deluxe. Great audio, wifi, etc etc...

It has also been ages since I've bothered to keep up with any new hardware. Cursory updates in my reader, but nothing major. So while I have a general idea of what the latest stuff is, I'm not able to make an educated choice on what will work best for me at this point given my budget and requirements.

Any help would be most appreciated.
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZCBzhM

    This will support all your needs. Triple monitor support, USB 3.0, quad core CPU, and ability to add a GPU down the road.
  2. Thanks much.

    Quick question: How much of a difference will there be between the A8-6600k and the A10-6800k? And is it worth it? Did a quick CPUBoss check and there's barely any difference, but price wise I save almost $40 which I could put back in to either more Ram, motherboard or just save it for an SSD or something.

    Thoughts?

    Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaf2a88xmhd3
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    Bingeljell said:
    Thanks much.

    Quick question: How much of a difference will there be between the A8-6600k and the A10-6800k? And is it worth it? Did a quick CPUBoss check and there's barely any difference, but price wise I save almost $40 which I could put back in to either more Ram, motherboard or just save it for an SSD or something.

    Thoughts?

    Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaf2a88xmhd3

    The iGPU on the A10 is better. Its a class 2 gpu as compared to the A8's is a class 3.
    Dropping down to the A8 could afford 8g ram and just get a dedicated GPU later on. The 400w PSU may be the weak link in the future if you go that route.
    You can get away with the A8 and 8g ram. Then upgrade PSU and GPU later. Give you the best upgrade path.
  4. Gorgonzer said:
    Bingeljell said:
    Thanks much.

    Quick question: How much of a difference will there be between the A8-6600k and the A10-6800k? And is it worth it? Did a quick CPUBoss check and there's barely any difference, but price wise I save almost $40 which I could put back in to either more Ram, motherboard or just save it for an SSD or something.

    Thoughts?

    Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaf2a88xmhd3

    The iGPU on the A10 is better. Its a class 2 gpu as compared to the A8's is a class 3.
    Dropping down to the A8 could afford 8g ram and just get a dedicated GPU later on. The 400w PSU may be the weak link in the future if you go that route.
    You can get away with the A8 and 8g ram. Then upgrade PSU and GPU later. Give you the best upgrade path.


    I think this fixes it for me. Many thanks Gorgonzer.

    Just out of curiosity, what's the primary difference between a Class 2 and 3 GPU and will it make a big difference to my rather "not so extreme" life.
  5. Bingeljell said:
    Gorgonzer said:
    Bingeljell said:
    Thanks much.

    Quick question: How much of a difference will there be between the A8-6600k and the A10-6800k? And is it worth it? Did a quick CPUBoss check and there's barely any difference, but price wise I save almost $40 which I could put back in to either more Ram, motherboard or just save it for an SSD or something.

    Thoughts?

    Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaf2a88xmhd3

    The iGPU on the A10 is better. Its a class 2 gpu as compared to the A8's is a class 3.
    Dropping down to the A8 could afford 8g ram and just get a dedicated GPU later on. The 400w PSU may be the weak link in the future if you go that route.
    You can get away with the A8 and 8g ram. Then upgrade PSU and GPU later. Give you the best upgrade path.


    I think this fixes it for me. Many thanks Gorgonzer.

    Just out of curiosity, what's the primary difference between a Class 2 and 3 GPU and will it make a big difference to my rather "not so extreme" life.


    It should not have any effect on the things you plan on doing with either of the igpu's. One is on the high end of class3 and the other is low end class2. Both are fine for HD movies and that sort of thing. If you start getting into more demanding stuff just upgrade to the dedicated card/w PSU.
  6. Many thanks. Will drop in to my part dealer this week and pick it up.
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