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BestConfigs: AMD-Based Office PC

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November 15, 2012 4:22:53 PM

It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of:
AMD-Based Office PC

Stay within $500 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. To keep things fair and level the playing field, we ask that you restrict your product links to Newegg or Amazon. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's Office Chug-along Rig
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

See below for quick-copy/paste text of the BBcode.

  1. [b]Joe's Office Chug-along Rig[/b]
  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  10. DVD Burner: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]


You can also use the Tom's Hardware System Builder to build your recommendation and use the BBCode export option at the bottom of the build. If you do, be sure to include a link in your post to your build on the app for quick viewing.

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
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November 15, 2012 7:18:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A75MG Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80 PLUS Certified SFX12V Power Supply ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $332.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 23:15 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 9:48:55 PM

G-Unit's "Yeah I'm going to need you to work on Sunday. If you could get here around 9:00, that'd be great." Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $469.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:48 EST-0500)
November 16, 2012 2:47:49 AM
November 16, 2012 4:04:17 PM

Brandon402's AMD Office PC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock N68C-GS FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 13:03 EST-0500)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nWWn
November 16, 2012 7:09:01 PM

Eight core horse power.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nXWO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nXWO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nXWO/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 16:09 EST-0500)
November 19, 2012 5:46:27 PM

Zared619's "Silent Worker"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($81.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $496.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 14:46 EST-0500)
November 26, 2012 1:05:10 AM

AMD Office Build

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial V4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $494.89

November 27, 2012 8:18:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pQbY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pQbY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pQbY/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $444.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 17:18 EST-0500)

Fine day gentlemen
December 3, 2012 8:36:08 PM
December 9, 2012 7:46:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rHXy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rHXy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rHXy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $491.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-09 17:01 EST-0500)
December 18, 2012 1:01:35 AM

I work 9-5 M-F only
Processor: A8-5500 ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS ($54.99 @ Newegg)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1866 ($19.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: OCZ Agility 4 64GB ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Seasonic SS-300ET 80 Plus Bronze ($39.99 @ Newegg)
DVD Burner: DVD Burner ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $361.93

64GB of storage should be good for at least 90% of office workers.

A75 for SATA3 and USB3.0 header.
December 18, 2012 10:22:06 PM

DRosencraft's B.C. AMD Office
Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz $104.99 @Newegg
Motherboard: Biostar A880GZ $49.99 @Newegg
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) $43.99 @Newegg
Graphics Card: MSI R7750-PMD2GD3 $99.99 @Newegg
Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM $69.99 @Newegg
Case: Rosewill Redbone ATX Mid-Tower $39.99 @Newegg
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone Series 450W $59.99 @Newegg
Cooling: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 CPU Cooler $20.99 @Newegg
DVD Burner: Asus 24X DVD Burner $19.99 @Newegg

TOTAL: $509.91

Yes, it is slightly over budget, but I figure $10 is forgivable. The CPU cooler isn't all that great, but should be sufficient for an office computer (arguably you could even go a bit lower-end on it). The biggest feature is the GPU, in that there is one. I figure just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to completely skimp, so I went with an an HD 7750, which should enable a power office user to setup multiple monitors. That's also why I went with 8GBs of memory (that and you don't really save all that much money going with only 4, though with 4, or higher latency, I could get the price down under $500). Finally, since we are on a budget here, no SSD, just a Caviar Blue HDD. Case isn't anything special either, though one of the best at the sub-$50 level.
January 15, 2013 5:15:28 PM

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