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September 8, 2012 2:53:48 PM

I'm doing my best to find an AMD A10 processor for sale. Can't seem to do it, is it only in prebuild computers atm?
That question aside, I have configured this model so far: The idea is portability,

case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
APU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I had to downgrade to vista 32 bit because windows 7 isn't taking on my computer. I have gskill ram in my current rig 4x4 gigs, so I may just take two out of my rig if they are compatible. I know for sure the ram listed above is compatible with mb, and mb with case, and apu with mb.

PS without knowing what cards pair with this build in Xfire, I haven't found a ps yet, as far as I currently see, it only requires 100w for the apu
I don't know what cards are compatible to run xfire, and I'm not even sure I want to do it if the apu's processor is even decent at diablo III, which some benchmarks have shown it is. For the future I'd like to know though

The build is at 250.00 even right now, and I'd say it's pretty good for a budget rig

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September 14, 2012 12:47:51 AM

bump for help with ps?
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September 14, 2012 12:58:58 AM

A10's aren't released on the released on the desktops yet, they're due around October if I remember correctly :) 

Also, please don't bump as it's against forum rules.

A few questions -

1) What is your budget?
2) What is your primary use for this computer?
3) What parts do you already have and don't need?
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September 16, 2012 1:01:13 PM

My apologies for the bump. The budget would be from as low as possible for mid settings using skyrim as a base, to around 300-350 range. I own none of these parts. Won't need any operating system, but it will be on 32bit so I know I can downgrade ram to 2x2 or 1x4, seems to me I basicallly need a ps and I can have a rig like this at around 300, it can be upgraded with the xfire card cheaply at a later date. If A10's come out in october I may just wait for that. If prices scale correctly it will only be about 20 more with better performance.

Ideally for gaming I understand that these cards were made like this with power consumption during video type stuff in mind and not necessarily modern games. The rig is for someone who doesn't really play ALOT of graphics intensive games. He currently plays world of tanks at 1-7 fps and I'm not even sure how he tolerates that.

I've also been told it would be better to use a phenom II x4 with a cheap board and a dedicated card, but every build I've tried starts out at around 230.

The general point with all of this is to get 1-2 year old type titles to run at 30fps or so as cheap as possible with a budget cap around 300-350.

Thank you for the responses.

Josh
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September 16, 2012 5:12:45 PM

Well, with what you said, here's a parts list :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LX PLUS R2.0 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($28.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $321.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-16 13:12 EDT-0400)

430w is highly overkill for this kind of a rig, however, since it's so cheap at the moment, why not? This will allow for greater flexibility in the future when you decide to add a GPU :) 

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September 17, 2012 2:27:18 AM

thank you for the response.
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September 17, 2012 2:27:29 AM

Best answer selected by joshmbu.
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