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October 21, 2012 10:57:32 PM

I think it's time I upgrade my 7-years old PC, the only hardware I'm keeping is:

Midi Tower Case (with multicard reader, USB header and audio IN and OUT)
TOSHIBA DVD-RW
SONY DVD-RW

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week)

Budget Range: 360 $ Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Chrome (average 20 tabs opened at the same time, Thunderbird (15 accounts and check for incoming e-mail every minute, Word, Excel, code block programming, Powerpoint, fullHD videos, DVD to MPEG4 compression, BATTLEFIELD 3 (not a hardcore gamer, so no ultra settings)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whatever

Location: NY

Parts Preferences: whatever

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I've already figured out a build, check it out and give some advice please

CPU AMD A10-5800K (or A8-5600K)
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/a-ser...

MOBO GIGABYTE GA-F2A75M-D3H USB 3.0 E CHIPSET A75
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

RAM AMD PERFORMANCE EDITION CL8 1600 MHZ 2 X 4 GB
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/radeon-memory/Pa...

PSU ANTEC EA-450 80 plus platinum
http://www.antec.com/productPSU.php?id=704512&pid=11

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'd like a fast PC


What do you say, A10 or A8 ?

And also, I guess 450 W is enough for now (well usually it's less than what stated on the box), but tomorrow, let's say I want to overclock CPU, GPU (the integrated one) and RAM, is it safe ?

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October 21, 2012 11:21:01 PM

abbadon_34 said:
For the $20 difference definately go with the A10 . It a faster both as CPU and GPU . while you shouldn't have any problems overclocking with that PSU , there are better, cheaper ones out there.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500w $60 after rebate



but the PSU I picked is a platinum, the one you are recommending is a bronze one, doesn't it make any difference to you ?
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October 21, 2012 11:34:40 PM

To me, no, and it saves money to get the A10 without increasing your budget

The "color" cert is a matter of a couple % difference in power efficiency only, and does not speak to the quality of the overall unit. I would prefer PC Power & Cooling over Earthwatts. Others would suggest Corsair or recent seasonic. Plus, someone did the calculation and the actual saving amounted to a couple dollars a year
October 21, 2012 11:36:23 PM

the difference in efficiency is nothing major and you won't notice it with the cheap power we have here in the states.
October 22, 2012 9:00:34 AM

abbadon_34 said:
To me, no, and it saves money to get the A10 without increasing your budget

The "color" cert is a matter of a couple % difference in power efficiency only, and does not speak to the quality of the overall unit. I would prefer PC Power & Cooling over Earthwatts. Others would suggest Corsair or recent seasonic. Plus, someone did the calculation and the actual saving amounted to a couple dollars a year



do you remember where you saw this calculation ? I don't really want to do it by myself, plus my PC is on at least 12 hours every day.
If it's really a couple of dollars every year, I'll definitely go with your PSU, the OCZ silencer, because it's a kickass PSU, with Japanese capacitors, it's modular and cheaper than the platinum PSU
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