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Cheap AMD Work Build

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May 12, 2012 4:32:26 PM

This couple of months my father's work PC has been going really slow. Probably because it comes from 2003 with a Pentium 4, but he experiences extreme load up times 3 to 4 minutes, and generally needs a new PC that will work a lot quicker. Scanned the IDE HDD's already, nothing came up as viruses, so I am guessing that he needs new hardware.

Approximate Purchase Date: Unsure as to when, looking at prices of building vs. prebuit

Budget Range: As cheap as possible, but with some good parts for the usage

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Business/Work Usage, Home Use

Parts Not Required:
Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers, may use Windows XP 32bit

Preferred Websites for Parts:
Any trusted website

Country: UK (England)

Overclocking and SLI/CrossfireX: Definately NO

Monitor Resolution: Currently at 1280x1024

Additional Comments:
Can re-use old IDE DVD-Drive and will be using IDE HDD's to copy old files to new HDD. He already has a Radeon 9200 which may be re-used but I am not sure if motherboards will support the AGP interface. He can also re-use an FSP Group 280W PSU with the PC. The case does not have to be flashy, just needs 3 or more drive bays.

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Parts that I have thought about:

CPU = AMD Athlon II X2/X3/X4
Cooling = Stock
RAM = 2GB or 4GB
Motherboard = Unsure, needs 4 RAM Slots, and 1 PCIe x16, going toward AM3+ for upgradeability in the future
HDD = 250GB/320GB 6GB/s HDD
DVD Drive = Any SATA DVD Drive
Graphic Card = Radeon 9200/Intergrated/Cheapo Radeon 6450/6570 or GT520/430/440
PSU: Low power 80Plus or higher PSU
Case: Unsure

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May 12, 2012 5:31:04 PM
May 13, 2012 9:42:33 AM

I checked AnandTech's bench, I don't see why I should go with a Pentium and dying socket while AMD's Athlon II X3 or X4 will perform the same and better in some applications and the AM3+ socket will last 3 generations while LGA1155 will last till the start of next year. I think AMD's FX may be in this one too.

CPU = AMD Athlon II X3 455 - £50
Cooling = Stock Cooling - £0
Motherboard = Asrock 970DE3/U3S3 - £39
Memory = Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB DDR3 1333MHz - £12
Graphics = Gainward GT520 1GB - £24
DVD Drive = Samsung 22X SATA DVD Burner - £10
HDD = Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM 6GB/s - £43
PSU = Silverstone Strider Essential 400W 80Plus - £28
Case = Aerocool VS-4 Mid Tower - £22
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