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Budget Build: $425

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June 7, 2012 10:38:59 PM

I need some help picking out some parts for my computer I'm building.

Here's what I want from it:
Low power/heat/noise.
Decent/fair graphics (gaming such as Minecraft, some MMO's, nothing fancy).
Easy compatibility with Linux (Ubuntu 12.04).
Speed and Performance, while maintaining my price range.

I already have:
Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Case, and PSU

Case:

PSU:


Since the PSU is only 430W, I was thinking about getting an AMD APU, maybe the A8 3870k?


I need some advice on getting memory and storage to maximize my speed/cost ratio.
I'm thinking at least 4gb RAM, and 1-2 3.0 gb/s 7200 rpm HDD. SSD are too expensive for me right now, so please don't mention them.

I am also open minded to getting a different processor with a CPU GPU configuration, but please keep it in my price and power range.
I do not plan on upgrading my PSU anytime soon.

The price range is including the PSU and the Case. So 425-100=325 for the remaining components.

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June 8, 2012 1:24:37 AM

not gonna lie, take a look at tomshardware's $500 PC. Then check back here. Don't buy a new PSU, 430W is PLENTY for your type of build. I'd go Intel if at all possible. Do you need an OS?
June 8, 2012 3:15:36 AM
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June 8, 2012 3:26:20 AM

Sandy Bridge doesn't seem to perform very good on Ubuntu (my i3-2100 was unbearably slow compared to Windows),
so that might be some food for thought there. If not using Linux, that build posted above with the 6850 looks quite solid.
Might downgrade the card to something like a 6670 or 6770 and up the CPU if gaming is not a big priority.
June 8, 2012 4:32:00 AM

I went over budget sorry. I'm not to familiar with cpUs running Linux and stuff maybe an Athlon?
June 8, 2012 11:30:03 AM

ddan49 said:
not gonna lie, take a look at tomshardware's $500 PC. Then check back here. Don't buy a new PSU, 430W is PLENTY for your type of build. I'd go Intel if at all possible. Do you need an OS?

Although I'm a fan of the build, I can't say it's what I'm looking for. Graphics is not super important to me. that's also over my budget.

I would go intel, but having such a low budget, it doesnt seem practical.
June 8, 2012 1:34:53 PM

The GPU IS what is used in gaming. I'd say drop to an MSI Hawk 6870. Keep your PSU.
June 8, 2012 3:27:01 PM

Gaming isn't super important, and he has a $400 budget; why all the $120+ video cards?
I think trimming down the video cards to something like a 6670 (around $50 after rebate)
and probably put those funds towards a cheap OEM copy of Windows 7 if you are going with a Sandy Bridge PC.

June 8, 2012 4:54:36 PM

And you have a case and psu ... How did I pass my reading class
June 8, 2012 9:48:45 PM

ddan49 said:
The GPU IS what is used in gaming. I'd say drop to an MSI Hawk 6870. Keep your PSU.


I understand the GPU is what is used in gaming, which is why when I say that gaming is not a focus of the build, I'm confused that you recommend a $200+ card...

Again, along the lines of cheap and low power I was thinking about going with the AMD APU, maybe the A8?
Does anyone have any experience with these?
Do they run well with Linux/supported (and I mean does AMD deliver the drivers for linux, not some linux hack to make it work.)
June 8, 2012 9:58:02 PM

Go with an a8 and crossfire it (6670 I think I forgot the list on APu crosfires)
June 8, 2012 10:00:20 PM

A6-3500 and crossfire with 6670 (a6 uses 65w and a8 use 100w)
June 9, 2012 7:22:54 PM

So what IS the focus of the build?
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