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First time build, trying to avoid overkill

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January 24, 2013 3:49:32 PM

Ok, I’m new to these forums and I’ve read many posts with some great builds. As I put together items for my first build, I keep thinking that this is major overkill for what I will really use the system for. I’ve listed the system usage below, but I’m not an avid gamer (I have an Xbox that my son and I play on for that) and I’m only just beginning to look at working with the raw video of my kids’ sporting events.
I figure I could use some help with making my first build as simple as possible without dumping money into components that I’ll never need. So, I figure that a blank slate would be best and let all of you share your expertise! Thanks for taking the time, I appreciate it.

Approximate Purchase Date: March 1, 2013
Budget Range: $350-$700 --wide range, I know. I don’t want to miss out if a few more dollars will result in a better system for my needs.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, watching movies, games- Civilization 5 and Minecraft only, very infrequent 720p video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: New system build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, or a Tiger Direct Store is close by

Location: Durham, NC USA

Parts Preferences: No preference, I have AMD and Intel on different machines currently.

Overclocking: Not this time :) 

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like HDMI outputs and an SSD. I have 2 external HDDs currently that I could use to hold media. A two monitor setup may be a future option as well. Also, this machine would need wifi since my router is in a different part of the house.

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January 24, 2013 4:13:47 PM ASRock FM2 MB $54 A8-5600K CPU $109.00 DDR3 4GB 1600 $21.00 500GB hard drive $59.00 Antec 620 Watt PS $69.00 Rosewill case $44.00 DVD/Rom $18.00 Wifi adapter $16.00
Total $390. That’s leaves some room for an OS and any bells and whistles you might want.

You can add a discrete graphics card, but for what you want to do, the onboard graphics should do well for you.
EDIT: I'd reccommend this graphics card, more than you need, but its something to grow on: $155.
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January 24, 2013 6:33:56 PM

I built an a10 5800k for my son for Christmas.

Some items:

1. This is a good gaming machine at 1600 x 900 (monitor limited). I would not want to play this at 1080 - while it could work, it woud not be smooth. Clearly depends on the specific game ....

2. I would look at the reviews on the AMD Richland when avail

3. If you go with an AMD A10 or follow-on Richland. Get the fastest RAM avail - it will improve your integrated Graphics

4. At the upper end of your money range $500-700 you could make a very capable(better?) Intel i3 computer. Depending on the GPU (HD 7850-ish) you could have a solid 1080p gaming machine.

5. If you look at some of the $500 builds at Tom's you'll get a good idea of what that price rance will bring.

Good Luck !!
January 24, 2013 6:47:06 PM

I'll second odiervr's comments on the A10 5800k. I also built an extreme budget machine for my son at christmas with one and it works perfectly at med-low settings on all of his games, but the RAM is crucial on the apu's - without a deicated gpu's ram for graphic processing the systems ram is shared and needs to be fast.
January 25, 2013 12:08:29 AM

Thanks guys! Appreciate the responses so far. One question for groundrat; would I see a benefit to 2x2GB ram vs the 4GB or do I need a better mobo to take advantage of the dual channel that I've read about? Also, would a 128 GB SSD be too small for this system without a HDD?

Thanks again!
January 25, 2013 12:07:05 PM

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