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March 28, 2012 4:24:03 PM

Gonna build in about a month. Budget $1000 USA, ignoring (hating) rebates.
Boot Linux 90%, Windows 10%. Maybe two Virtual Machines.
Office use, web development, light gaming, light graphics editing.
Already have DVD burner, mouse, keyboard. Want 1080p monitor.
I usually buy from Newegg, but not locked into them.
Not interested in overclocking or Crossfire.
A $900 lineup in a Newegg wish list:
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mobo: ASUS F1A75-M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cpu: AMD Quad A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
case + psu: Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Case with 380W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
memory: Gskill Ripjaws 4x4GB 240-Pin DDR3 PC3 10666, 16 GB total http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
monitor: HANNspree HF225DPB 1920x1080 21.5" 5ms LCD Monitor w/Speakers http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
disk 1: One Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" for data storage, accessible to both OS. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
disks 2, 3: Two Mushkin MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC SSD, one for each OS. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Mobo and storage are mostly 6 GB/s speed, except for HD. I don't think a 7200 rpm drive needs more than 3 GB/s. SSD's are pricey, but fit the budget.
Thoughts?

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March 28, 2012 5:48:36 PM

For $1K - you can do way better than a Llano especially for an office build. On a dual boot I'd say go with an Intel Core i5-2400 or i3-2120, that will be far better. You don't need 2 SSDs for a dual boot setup - if you're going for - say a Windows / Ubuntu setup you can run both OS's on one HD. You also don't want to skimp on the PSU either - I hear Antec includes good ones with their setup, but I'm still really skeptical about it.

Try this setup:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $109.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99
Monitor: 23" Acer 1080p monitor - $129.99

Total: $1,058.92

A little bit over budget but you get a bigger monitor and a CPU setup that is leaps and bounds better than the AMD Llano.
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March 28, 2012 11:06:59 PM

Thanks, g-unit1111, you've given me good things to consider. :)  Details:
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Case: I like your Cooler Master HAF 912. That plus Antec Earth Watts 380 is good, but not perceptibly better than the Antec box + Antec Earth Watts 380.
PSU: Antec Earth Watts 380 is rated by Newegg customers as better than the Corsair TX650, and has enough power. My rig will take 230 watts. Looked at others in the Corsair Enthusiast line; not impressed.
Mobo: Don't trust Asrock - lately many DOA and sound problems.
CPU: The Intel CPU is a beauty - I'll look for a better mobo for your i5, or an i3 2120. The i3 and i5 crush the 3650 and 3680 on encoding/decoding, but are clobbered by the AMD cpus in game benchmarks. See http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-A63650-Llano-APU-Per....
SSD: Ubuntu is now taking 55 GB; Windows and apps 44 GB. I need some headroom. Hence, the two SSDs. Maybe a single 160 GB will do.
HD: I don't need 1 TB; current 4 x 120 GB holds all needed data and 4 OS. Data backup is 42 GB. Never got RAID 10 to work with 4 x 120 GB, though...
Video: With that 6850, I'm sure the i3 and i5 ($340) would spank a bare 3650 ($110) - but that and the i5 are 3x the cost of the bare 3650.
Your monitor choice looks good.
DDR3 1333 is enough for me, but I want lots of it. I'm still gonna go with 16 GB memory, and try to run two virtual machines. I just might move to two of your recommendation, $90. :sol: 
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April 5, 2012 2:17:25 PM

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