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AMD build using either A6-3650 or A8-3870

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January 28, 2012 4:09:16 PM

Build: Windows 7 64bit (already purchased so dont need to buy)
Requirements:
1) Want Case to have usb3.0 capability
2) Want MOB to have onboard usb3.0 connections to plug case connectors into
2b) Want MOB to have VGA and DVI connections
3) Keyboard and Mouse already have and they are usb 2.0 connections
4) DVD burner
5) HD: Was thinking of a 1T HD but maybe this is overkill. Have lots of pictures , movies and songs so i was thinking of 1TB HD.
6) RAM: Want at 8G of ram. I was thinking based on discussons on TOms's already that DD3 1600 would be good.
7) Since CPU already has onboard video chip dont want to spend extra for video card. They are running a special on the A8-3870.

Questions:
I have three builds listed. Builds 2 and 3 are the same except for the MOB. Build3 is the most expensive and I kinda like the more expensive one but because of the MOB choice i cant get combo deals which bumps the cost up.
But i am not sure i need the more expensive board. I would like some input on this one if possible.

Also the memory.....the RAM............there is just so much to choose from. How does one decide which to get?


Note: This computer will not be used for gaming. Mainly surfing, emails, skype and such.


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Build#1:
CPU:N82E16819103943
"AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX"

DVD:N82E16827106289
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

HD:N82E16822148697
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MOB:N82E16813128511
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

PSU: N82E16817139026
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM:N82E16820145345
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

CASE: N82E16811147060
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0

COST: ~ $445


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Build#2:
CPU:N82E16819106001
AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

DVD:N82E16827135204
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

HD:N82E16822148697
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MOB:N82E16813128511
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

PSU: N82E16817139026
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM:N82E16820145345
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Case:N82E16811147060
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0

COST: ~ $466



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Build#3:
******This is the one i kinda like the best************************
CPU:N82E16819106001
AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

DVD:N82E16827135204
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

HD:N82E16822148697
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MOB:N82E16813128515
"GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard"

PSU:N82E16817139026
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM:N82E16820145345
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

CASE:N82E16811147060
Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0

COST: ~ $510

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January 28, 2012 4:41:26 PM

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5) HD: Was thinking of a 1T HD but maybe this is overkill. Have lots of pictures , movies and songs so i was thinking of 1TB HD.


There's no such thing as too much storage - if you get a smaller HD and it fills up, you'll have to add another one anyways.

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6) RAM: Want at 8G of ram. I was thinking based on discussons on TOms's already that DD3 1600 would be good.


Actually most AMD CPUs don't process speeds beyond 1333 (yet). The thing is your motherboard will always default to the lowest speeds and timings it can handle.

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7) Since CPU already has onboard video chip dont want to spend extra for video card. They are running a special on the A8-3870.


The Llano is an excellent CPU for what it does. The only bad thing is say you do want to add a video card in the future your PSU will be a bit underpowered. You might want to spend the extra money and get the 500W or 600W version.

The third build you have is definitely the best that's the one I'd say go for.
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January 29, 2012 3:56:42 PM

I am going to go with build#2. That board was a Toms hardware best buy and should suit my needs fine i think.

Do you think there will be an issue with the case usb3.0 connectors and the MOB on-board usb3.0 connectors?
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February 9, 2012 1:08:42 AM

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