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Sub $600 Desktop build

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March 7, 2012 9:24:52 PM


I plan on pulling the trigger on this build. I do not do much gaming. Mainly movies, music, web browsing, etc. Any suggestions for changes? Not interested in switching to Intel.

CPU - AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 -$139
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX - $114
Case - RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP Steel ATX Mid Tower With 500W Power Supply - $89
Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $46
SSD - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $129
DVD Burner - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X - $20

Total comes out to $542.94. I cannot go much above $600.

Thoughts?

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March 7, 2012 9:34:39 PM

you might want to get a better power supply. Raidmax doesnt get that great of reviews from newegg customers. Always worth spending extra money on a good supply rather than having it blow up and taking out your entire pc. (antec, corsair, seasonic, are some good reputable brands)
March 7, 2012 9:43:23 PM

120GB is not a lot of space for music and movies.
You're also missing an OS in your list.
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March 7, 2012 9:55:04 PM

The motherboard is overkill for a budget system.
Check the AMD A6-3670K w/MB combos in the $150 range.

SSD is nice but you're going to want more storage.
Use the remainder to add a SATA drive for videos/music.
March 7, 2012 11:07:03 PM


Thanks for the comments guys and the CPU/MB and PSU/Case combos.

I saw some of those comments on the Raidmax PSU but it seemed they were geared more towards discrete graphics users. I like the case so I may throw in a diff PSU.

I already have a 7200 rpm HDD for storage to throw in it and I have a Win 7 Pro 64 bit license through work.

I guess I could go down to 64G SSD for boot, but I was just reading how it can get tight.





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March 8, 2012 11:29:23 AM

sarmstrong806 said:
Don't ppl say mATX mobos fit weird in Mid towers? That was the only reason I was going ATX.

i don't know what people say but i have never had a problem, just need to move the stand outs.

the little pegs that the motherboards sits on.
March 11, 2012 2:40:42 PM

Here is what I ended up going with. The HDD and case and CPU/Mobo were combos. Came out to $601.

1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
1 x Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
1 x Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
1 x COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack
1 x Kingwin ATS-W24 Anti-Static Wrist Strap w/ Grounding Wire
1 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Ba
1 x COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
1 x AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX
1 x GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
March 11, 2012 5:35:30 PM

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