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November 14, 2012 1:26:22 PM

I am planning on buying a CPU 350~400$ budget, Only Processor, ram, MOBO, GPU(optional),HDD, Cabinet,PSU. My monitor can support a max of 1280X1024 resolution only. So dont require games running on Full HD. Main requirement is for Total power consumption of the processor should be low, of the order of 60W or so. So which configuration will be best for me? I have been considering the APU series as they are in 65W TDP range. A low power consuming PC. Main application is games like Crysis, NFS series, Ghost reckon, Splinter cell, and a few other games, occasional movie watching. Planning on running on Win 7/Win 8. Overclocking is optional. A HDD of miminum 150GB, will a SSD be available in my budget? I am planning to buy the PC in a week. I assemble the PC on my own, and how better is a Corsair vengence/other performance rams against the normal transcend/local market variety? Are they worth spending the extra money? And a fanless design would be appreciated. Was considering the F2A85V_PRO to go with the APU. And is there any performance increment by using a AMD+ATI vs the Intel+Nvidia combination? Suggestions required.

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November 14, 2012 6:35:31 PM

I'm working on a similar budget range build, I customized it a little bit different from mine to fit your specifications, here is what I came up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nJ5l

The processor power consumption is low 65w within your range you mentioned.

I see you want a fanless design so I went ahead and choose a video card without a fan for you.

The case is just personal preference, I'm not sure if its your style but this pc should be really quiet and capable of playing all the games you stated above med/high settings and watch movies, surf the web with ease; great bang for the buck.
November 15, 2012 3:58:45 AM

Thats pretty nice neoxblu, but i thought having an Amd setup and then crossfiring to enable dual graphics would be better? And here it says the G860's performance is half the A10 5700's performance? http://www.sonexpc.com/benchmark/cpu
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November 15, 2012 5:24:43 AM

Neoxblu's build is better than the APU you would ever get.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($11.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $368.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 02:23 EST-0500)

With slight adjustment but better performance. Bigger 1tb drive since it's on sale for only $50 and 7770 which is tons and heaps better than any APU or the 7750. When you're gaming, the GPU is much more important the the CPU and most games utilize 2 cores.

Do not get an APU if you plan to game. There are always better alternatives.

The AMD RAM is made by Crucial which is a very popular and reliable manufacturer.
November 15, 2012 9:39:58 AM

cutebeans said:
Neoxblu's build is better than the APU you would ever get.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($11.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $368.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 02:23 EST-0500)

With slight adjustment but better performance. Bigger 1tb drive since it's on sale for only $50 and 7770 which is tons and heaps better than any APU or the 7750. When you're gaming, the GPU is much more important the the CPU and most games utilize 2 cores.

Do not get an APU if you plan to game. There are always better alternatives.

The AMD RAM is made by Crucial which is a very popular and reliable manufacturer.

Actually, i was thinking of going for more cores as the games i play and the development i do on the Cry engine are all optimised for multiple core processors, so would the AMD FX 8XXX or the 6XXX help me in any way? Are there any better alternatives in Intel?
November 15, 2012 9:47:30 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($11.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $421.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 06:47 EST-0500)

It's over the budget by $22 after the discounts but it's $50 above the budget.
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