1st build <500

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: <500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: internet surfing, watch movies, listen to music, amateur photo/video edit

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, I have win7 disc

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg- within driving distance, microcenter- within driving distance, amazon

Country: USA california los angeles

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: I currently have a pavilion a1700n with amd athlon 64x2, 4gb ram, nvidia geforce 6150 le, 250gb hdd , win7. I would like a more responsive system, mine lags at times and the video stops or lags while viewing clips in 720p. The hdd is about to go as well.
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  1. Try this build:

    AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3850WNGXBOX $119.99

    Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 $39.99

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99

    SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99

    ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $84.99

    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 $18.99

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $84.99

    Total: $469 before shipping and taxes

    Edit: The PSU gives you room to add a graphics card later, like the 6570 or something. However, if you think the graphics on the CPU is enough for you, switching to this PSU will probably save you a few bucks:

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $45.99
  2. you can get away with a nice Sandy Bridge based computer no prob:

    - Antec TWO HUNDRED S Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $50

    - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W: $45

    - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X:$17

    - Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM: $85

    - ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $105

    - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz: $128

    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: $40

    TOTAL: $470
  3. Quote:
    Less gpu power and less psu.... plus the a8 will beat the i3 in video editing ....

    "System Usage from Most to Least Important: internet surfing, watch movies, listen to music, amateur photo/video edit"

    least important - 'amateur photo/video editing' - what he wants is an all around basic PC - and Intel trumps AMD (unfortunately), in everything these days, including power consumption - if he wanted mainly a video editing PC for that price point - then I'd agree and recommend the AMD... but in this case - best to go with Intel i3
  4. ^+1

    You could check out my $600 build here:
    Don't get the GPU, save $160.
    Don't get the HDD, save $44.
    Total: $396
    Get an i5 2400 and you'll mop the floor with any AMD rig, sad to say but it's true. As for something to be aware of. Microcenter has the i5 2400 for $150.
  5. thanks guys you gave me alot to think about , aznshinobi thats a very good article
  6. No problem! Good luck!
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