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425$ apu build

Budget Range: 425$ Before Rebates After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the web, gaming

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com

Location: M.N. usa


Overclocking: Yes but not right now thats why there is no heatsink
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe right now i will use the a6 3670k but i will upgrade to a video card

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i have amazon prime do i save on lots of shipping. here is the build im looking at any good ways to make this better?

a6 3670k

GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.3 Modular Power Supply

Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit

NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)


thanks for the help :)
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  1. if you are getting a APU, id just wait for trinity as they will have a ton more performance
  2. how long till they come?
  3. september-october timeframe. they will have a bit less performance than a i3 but will graphics similar to a 6770 from news articles. scout around this site for some reviews
  4. k thanks i can wait i still have to earn some more and do you think i just go to intel like the idea apu but...
  5. intel beats amd at most price points other than the <500 rigs. if you are to get intel right now, you will have to get intel pentiums which are a heck of a lot faster than current APUs but you will always have to get another video card because the onboard stuff is not suited for anything other than MS word, source games, and low power tasks
  6. But do you think i need intel not amd and if intel whats a good build?
  7. ill try to build a decent one for 450

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cK2u

    it has more cpu performance and much more GPU performance. the only drawback is that i can only fit 4gb of ram which is enough for most users
  8. Thats good but its 487$ before rebates and thats out of the budget do you think /i can take a bit off the card? the motherbroad is not on amazon p.s. can it overclock with a heatsink?
  9. just get the board off of newegg.

    there is no overclocking and no expansion possible.

    the video card will get you high/ultra settings and fo 139.99, it is a very good deal. you can shave 20 bucks off of it to get a 550ti or a 6850 but you will need to downgrade game settings to medium/high
  10. only the high end "K" model CPU's overclock. Troll's build is very nice the only thing i would change is jumping to a G850/60/70 CPU so that the system could use the 1333Mhz Memory and have a higher clock rate. the G5xx/6xx series CPU memory controller only supports 10600.

    from THG System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $500 Gaming PC:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-yourself-geforce-gtx-560,3216-15.html

    "While the gaming potential of our entry-level dual-core chip is worthy of respect, it’s important to remember that its 2.4 GHz clock rate is all you'll ever get from it. Instead, we think that today’s build deserves, at the very least, a step up to Intel's Pentium G850. The extra $38 is a wise investment for anyone looking to duplicate out efforts"

    Here is THG Trinity preview:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-5800k-a8-5600k-trinity-apu,3241-2.html
  11. this is a good read for the budget you are looking at:
    Build It: Picking Parts For Your Kid's Entry-Level Gaming PC
  12. Thebigtroll im really usse to bad video cards but i really want a upgrade path is the a10 worth waiting for? P.s. i want this alot before school witch is in 45 days looniam i did not get that
    Catsniper i want a upgrade path
  13. you wont be getting upgrade paths with this low budget level

    the A10/trinity chips use a FM2 socket which makes curent APUs incompatable in the future.

    you could check out the entry-level rig that looniam suggested
  14. Looniam was a amd build like mine but mine has a video upgrade path and mine can over clock.
  15. welsar55 said:
    Looniam was a amd build like mine but mine has a video upgrade path and mine can over clock.

    all i posted was an article, if read you will see an intel build with a discrete card will blow away any Llano build, even when overclocked, like this one:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($21.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $416.48
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-22 15:43 EDT-0400)
  16. Caution - looniam's build uses a lot of MIR's, so the initial cost will be much more

    its a good budget build though. I would go with a different MB (still has SATA6g and USB 3.0) and G850 CPU though (higher clockrate and better memory controller to use the DDR3 1333 ram, the G630 only uses 10600 ram.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397

    these are usually available in a combo deal which saves $13:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.989394
  17. Looniam was a amd build like mine but mine has a video upgrade path and mine can over clock.
  18. Wait i like loomian build nvm
  19. not sure about that no name RAM . . .
  20. The micro center makes it but the rest?
  21. looks good
  22. The micro center makes it but the rest?
  23. Sorry my tablet is duble posting
  24. welsar55 said:
    The micro center makes it but the rest?



    this is a better GPU than the 550ti and cheaper
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130770
    this is a better HDD that the WD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    both are free shipping.

    looks good, I still think you need a G850, but for $50 the G630 is hard to pass up.
  25. im 0going to say the best answer soon but i want to get the last things done the spinpoint only has sata 3/gbs is that a big deal? first build :) and the card is good and i do not have to pay tax on it and the cpu g850 is 40$ more... that can be alot for me

    edit wait the gpu says a min of a 450 watt PSU do i need to i need to upgrade psu?
  26. welsar55 said:
    im 0going to say the best answer soon but i want to get the last things done the spinpoint only has sata 3/gbs is that a big deal? first build :) and the card is good and i do not have to pay tax on it and the cpu g850 is 40$ more... that can be alot for me

    edit wait the gpu says a min of a 450 watt PSU do i need to i need to upgrade psu?

    sata 3Gbs only makes a difference with SSDs not hard drives; its still past the physical limitations.

    also the 450 watt recommendations are to compensate for lower quality PSUs, the one in your build will handle the load quite nicely.
  27. is it done or is there any last things that need to be said
  28. That Pentium CPU...It's going to hurt gaming...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/de8d
  29. hunterpostit88 said:
    That Pentium CPU...It's going to hurt gaming...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/de8d

    ah wrong.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/406?vs=143
    and a platform that is 2 generations old will hurt upgrading. :p
  30. I had that exact Pentium in my old PC and well...no comment. Made me build an AMD PC.
  31. hunterpostit88 said:
    I had that exact Pentium in my old PC and well...no comment. Made me build an AMD PC.


    the G850 is a Sandy Bridge CPU, it's not an older Pentium. It preforms very ywell in gaming and would run circles are around that old LGA 1156 CPU you suggested. performance wise in gaming its only slightly slower than the i3 2100, as it is has a slightly lower locked clock multiplier, and no hyper threading (which 95% of games don't use anyway).
  32. welsar55 said:
    im 0going to say the best answer soon but i want to get the last things done the spinpoint only has sata 3/gbs is that a big deal? first build :) and the card is good and i do not have to pay tax on it and the cpu g850 is 40$ more... that can be alot for me

    edit wait the gpu says a min of a 450 watt PSU do i need to i need to upgrade psu?


    motherboard/CPU combo that will save you $13
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.989394

    Agree with looniam about the PSU and SATA3G vs SATA6G
  33. new CPu and hhd but is that it?
  34. See that's why he should get the i3. Because of Hyper-threading. Now I'm not sure if that i3 540 can hyper-thread though.
  35. hunterpostit88 said:
    See that's why he should get the i3. Because of Hyper-threading. Now I'm not sure if that i3 540 can hyper-thread though.


    for 5% of the games that use it? lol

    Dude, do some research, build a few systems (for real) then offer advice. i3 540 and the 1156 chipset is old news.
  36. yeah. someone hasnt been paying attention.

    when i play games, i actually do use the 2 virtual cores but by like 5 percent load
  37. Sorry. I was just giving my opinion.
  38. no problem
  39. Ok what cpu do i use
  40. the G630 is ok, i just don't know about that no name (microcenter) RAM though.
    if you can afford the G8xx pentium and 1333 RAM go for it but not at the cost of getting a lesser gpu.
  41. Ok thanks i want to wait abit more now but really thanks for all your help
  42. The videocard needs 2 pci power thing psu only has 1.... you guys no any other good one
  43. with that PSU you can use a molex to 6 pin adapter w/o any problems. for a low quality PSU i don't recommend that.
  44. Wait so i dont have to do that?
  45. sorry i am a little lost at which card you are getting but i know that PSU has a 6+2 PCI connection. any card lower than a gtx 480/570 that would require two 6 pin connections would be ok using an adapter with that PSU
  46. Ok where do i get adapter im ordering today or do i pay 5 dollers more for the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
  47. Best answer
    YES!
    even though it is 4 more amps on the 12 volt, 48 watts, it has two 6+2 PCI power connections.
    didn't know those where also with a mail in rebate, nice find.
  48. K thanks fpr the help if i find any last things ill say
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