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November 12, 2012 8:46:11 PM

Hey Guys, im looking at putting something together for my parents and have no experience with on-board graphics.

my budget is under 400 canadian

this is what i kind of put together so far.


Case: CM elite 371 ($40)
PS: corsair cx430 ($40)
MB: Unsure - something around 60$
CPU: something around 80-100
ram: prob 8GB since its so cheap. 35$
SSD: mushkin chronos 120GB - (85$) they have an External for storing pics.
dvd burner - ($20)


I was trying to find some info on on-board graphics and I am unsure what route to go. i have about 160 towards a MB and cpu together.

was looking at a fx 4100 first for about 100. then the i3's for 117$


they will be using the PC for normal browsing, picture viewing, email and news etc. but i wouldnt mind a ok cpu just for future proofing for a while.

Thank you
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November 12, 2012 9:15:45 PM

For that kind of budget I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($122.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $460.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 18:16 EST-0500)
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November 12, 2012 10:26:22 PM

1866 MHz RAM yields higher frame rates, and mATX boards can support single GPU builds.
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November 12, 2012 10:29:58 PM

sonicers said:
1866 MHz RAM yields higher frame rates, and mATX boards can support single GPU builds.


Yeah but this isn't a gaming build.
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November 12, 2012 10:32:40 PM

would it be over kill to do this
motherboard 59.03 ASUS F2A55
Processor 122.49 A10-5800K

i dont want to get them something i will need to upgrade in 4 years. but they do only simple task and the odd web game.
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November 12, 2012 10:33:44 PM

rhyno12 said:
would it be over kill to do this
motherboard 59.03 ASUS F2A55
Processor 122.49 A10-5800K

i dont want to get them something i will need to upgrade in 4 years. but they do only simple task and the odd web game.


Yeah I was trying to recommend something similar. The hard part is keeping it under $400 because of hard drive prices.
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November 12, 2012 10:41:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.54 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $391.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 19:35 EST-0500)

The AMD APUs have been shown to scale extremely well with better memory. The A10s are slightly outperformed by the i3s, but with faster RAM, HD video and light gaming would be light years ahead. 2133 MHz RAM would have at least a 20% FPS increase over 1600 MHz RAM.

If you wanted to go Intel, you'd practically throw hardcore gaming out the window, unless you lowered graphics settings to lowest. Here's an Intel build that would handle HD video, but not so much gaming.

This would probably best suit your needs, and would perform better than the A10 as a CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-E33/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.96 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.54 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $359.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 19:39 EST-0500)

If you needed the graphics performance, this build would perform roughly on-par with an APU build. It'd be cheaper, and the CPU is better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-E33/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.96 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.54 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($18.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $378.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 19:40 EST-0500)

I think the 2nd build would best suit your needs, it'd be more than enough for simple web games, and would browse the web and perform work oriented tasks faster than an A10 would. You'd also save a 40 dollars.
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November 12, 2012 10:44:22 PM

g-unit1111 said:
No point in 1866 RAM on a Trinity build. Also for $20 more you can get a full ATX board if you want to use a dedicated GPU later on.



the APU's run better with the faster ram.

Just how much machine do grandma and grandpa need ? they're surfing and doing email. and they can watch HD movies. not playing crysis2. that's all they need.
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