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December 2, 2012 4:48:48 PM

Hi need help upgrading since I will have some extra cash this christmas

Current build:
CPU: Athlon X2 245
Motherboard: biostar N86s3b
PSU: generic
ram: Corsair Vengeance LP (Dual) 2x4gb ddr3 1600
videocard: none
cpu cooler: none

Planning to overclock

Dont know if i need to buy new cpu+mobo or just cpu
Dont know if intel or amd
Videocard any suggestions thats good with the cpu and mobo
cpu cooler and psu any suggestios

Budget is only around 400$

Planning to play mostly online games and a little photo editing

Will the amd a10 be ok what mobo psu to use that is good for overclock?

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December 2, 2012 10:35:49 PM

You can't put a10 on that motherboard.
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_...

Only these:

AMD Phenom™ II X4 Processor
AMD Phenom™ II X3 Processor
AMD Phenom™ II X2 Processor
AMD Athlon™ II X4 Processor
AMD Athlon™ II X3 Processor
AMD Athlon™ II X2 Processor
AMD Sempron™ Processor
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt

So, well, you have 2 options:

1. Keep the motherboard and the CPU. Get some cheaper GPU like HD7750 and a new PSU (of good quality, but not too expensive, like Corsair CX430- you don't need anything stronger). That is because the CPU is not really fast and there will be bottlenecking. I think it will be fine for online games and such.

2. Keep only the case and the ram (the one you have is great). And the storage - I presume you have it (HDDs).

Then get new:

PSU (like CX430)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Around 40$

CPU: Intel i3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Around 120$.

Motherboard: something based on b75 chipset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Around 70$.

GPU: Definitely HD7850 1gb.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Around 170$.

And just put in your case, with your RAM and HDDs.
This is a very well balanced and quite fast system. All for 400$.

True, you can't overclock Intel's i3 CPUs but they are very fast and consume little (only 55W).

AMD CPUs consume much more (100w) and need serious overclocking to match Intel on stock. Also, if you want to overclock any CPU, you have to pay for a decent cooler.

Still, if you insist:

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



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December 3, 2012 1:39:11 AM

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2. Keep only the case and the ram (the one you have is great). And the storage - I presume you have it (HDDs).

Then get new:

PSU (like CX430)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] &Tpk=cx430
Around 40$

CPU: Intel i3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116775
Around 120$.

Motherboard: something based on b75 chipset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128540
Around 70$.

GPU: Definitely HD7850 1gb.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150642
Around 170$.


Thanks for the reply, I'll look into this now :D 

Is it really not advisable to build a pc on an A10 processor?
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December 3, 2012 6:56:50 AM

jbus27 said:
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2. Keep only the case and the ram (the one you have is great). And the storage - I presume you have it (HDDs).

Then get new:

PSU (like CX430)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] &Tpk=cx430
Around 40$

CPU: Intel i3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116775
Around 120$.

Motherboard: something based on b75 chipset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128540
Around 70$.

GPU: Definitely HD7850 1gb.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150642
Around 170$.


Thanks for the reply, I'll look into this now :D 

Is it really not advisable to build a pc on an A10 processor?



Well, it isn't a bad option, but it isn't a good one either. A10 CPUs are more intended for notebooks, and are still easily beaten by CPU + discrete GPU options.
Like, by cheap Intel Pentiums G620 + HD7750- this combo offers *much* better framerate than A10 alone. Not to mention, i3 + HD7850.

Of course, a10 could serve you, but the thing is you would have to buy a new motherboard for it, since it doesn't fit the one you have. It doesn't make financial sense to me. If you want to save money go with i3 and some cheaper GPU like hd7770 insted of HD7850. Though hd7850 1gb is the world's best "bang for the buck" at the moment.
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