Feedback for new $400 build

I am building a computer to be used primarily for office related tasks and the occasional very light gaming. I set myself a budget of $400, though if I can do what I need for less that's great. The motherboard in particular I am not sure what I should go for. I also went with a 430 w PSU which I suspect is overkill.

Here is my first draft for the parts:

Llano a8-3850 $140

BIOSTAR TA75M FM1 AMD A7 $98 w/ shipping

2x2gig 1600 ram $20

Cooler Master Elite 430 Case $45

Antex 430 w PSU $45

500g hd $42

Any of many $20 dvd drives

Total: $410
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  1. I think most people would recommend an Asus or Gigabyte , or even Asrock ,motherboard

    This A75 board has a better slot layout if you ever add a graphics card
    ASUS F1A75-M FM1 AMD A75
    Shipping is free so it only costs $1 more

    Llano graphics performance improves with faster RAM , so if you can then use 1866Mhz , but the sticks you have chosen will work fine

    Good luck
  2. I agree with Outlander_04. Even on a budget, I believe quality / reliability is still a priority. As far as motherboards go, Asus or Gigabyte.

    I like how you've chosen to use the AMD APUs, great value for the money!

    Also, I just recently made a $400 build myself. I will also be using this computer for similar tasks as you are, office w/ light gaming. Feel free to take a look and compare to what you've got.

    ASUS M4A78LT-M LE MOTHERBOARD - $55 (after $10 rebate)

    AMD PHENOM II X4 840 CPU - $100

    XFX 9600 GSO GPU - $15 (after $30 rebate)

    CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 8GB RAM- $40 (after $40 rebate)


    NZXT GAMMA CASE - $25 (after $10 rebate)



    ** Total came to about $400, AFTER taxes and shipping costs.
  3. Thank you for the replies. I had done a little research into ram speeds, mainly from, and 1600 seemed to be the sweet spot for performance/price.
  4. Just a suggestion, the $400 build here:
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