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***ULTRA SUPER BUDGET AMD BUILD REVIEW***

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January 9, 2011 8:04:42 AM

Looking for help for a very tight build, most video editing, surfing, etc to replace QL-62 based laptop. I think this was the best performance per price, idea was solid quad core, great mobo with as many features as possible and 4 GB DDR3 to start. Basically lots of room to grow.

The Mobo I thought was especially great as it is USB3, Sata 3 (6 GBps) with Xfire support 4 DIMMs! I know many will argue for better case and PSU but I have bought generic PSUs/cases in past with no probs and it is a nice looking case with 480W and black interior and side window. Any other tweaks or suggestions?

Future upgrades include doubling up RAM, dedicated GPU (at least a 5670, maybe as high as gtx 460), SSD once prices better for realistic sized HDD for day to day use.

Parts:

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $46.66


Logisys ATX 4X 5.25IN 1x 3.5IN EXT 5X 3.5IN INT 2x USB Audio 480W PSU Computer Case
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $33.34


AMD Athlon II X4 640 Quad Core Processor AM3 3.0GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box
usually ships in 1-2 business days $98.75


Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H AMD880G mATX AM3 DDR3 1PCIE CrossFireX DVI HDMI GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
In Stock
usually ships in 2-3 business days $94.54


Total $273.28
January 9, 2011 8:10:46 AM

Canada ? What site is that?
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January 9, 2011 1:49:57 PM

mosox said:
Canada ? What site is that?

It probably is BestDirect.ca.
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January 9, 2011 9:08:47 PM

Yeah bestdirect.ca y do you ask?

Thoughts on the ultra super budget build? I was pretty amazed how much computer you could build for so little. Would love any other recommendations to stretch my dollar to the max.

Thanks!
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January 10, 2011 5:55:20 AM

That PSU is very weak on the 12V rail, the rail that matters. It has a total of 330W one the +12V, 1.5V and 3V rails. So it's actually a 330W PSU.
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January 10, 2011 6:07:01 AM

Well, the AMD 640 is the best bang for buck to get performance/dollar ratio. Congrats you've found it. The RAM is also the cheapest Ive seen so far. Congrats again for found it. The PSU is well enough, considering you get no vga cards.

@mosox: maybe 330W is the min output, and the peak output is 480W. Nevertheless it's still more than enough for your current system with very cheap price.
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January 10, 2011 7:03:24 AM

The -5V, -12V don't count. It has 330W on the 1.5, 3 and 12V rails together. 200W on the 1.5 and 5V rails, it can support maybe a weak video card, definitely not a gtx 460.
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