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First build: Budget AMD A series build Q&A

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February 20, 2013 1:19:27 AM

Hello, this will be my first build starting this summer with the help of a friend for the assembly part.

The tower will be used for basic programs (Microsoft office) with light online flash games with no overclocking

Here is what I am considering after doing some research and reading reviews.

Budget (without OS): Roughly $500

Case: Antec 300

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/message.php?config=to...

APU: AMD A10 or A8 FM2

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

MB: MSI G65 FM2

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

Power supply: XFX Pro550w

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

HD: Western Digital Blue 500GB

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

Memory: Have not decided yet. Either 2x2gb or 2x4gb; depends whatever DDR3 1.5 volt comes on sale.

CD/DVD: Asus

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

Here are my questions:

1). Ideally, I would like to purchase everything at once within 30 days of the build just in case a component is defective. However, I noticed the XFX Pro 550w PSU on sale at newegg and would like to purchase it.

Even though MSI does not show the XFX 550w on their compatibility test, can this PSU work with the MSI G65 motherboard?
http://us.msi.com/file/test_report/TR7_2698.pdf

2). If any parts listed above fails after 30 days of the purchase date, what are the odds the manufacturers will replace the defective device?

Looking forward to this build.

Thank you

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February 20, 2013 1:41:35 AM

Well, it is hard to give good recommendations so far from your build date as prices and technology will definitely change by then. If you were building now, I would go with something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.10 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.21 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $524.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 22:40 EST-0500)

Much better CPU. Dedicated graphics card because you never know if you will decide to actually play games other than flash.
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February 20, 2013 2:01:49 AM

Yes, I did see the AMD budget build lists.

I am pretty certain I will not use the computer for complex online games. That is why I am really confident using the integrated GPU. If anything, I will use AutoCAd.

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February 20, 2013 1:45:37 PM

bob123456 said:
Yes, I did see the AMD budget build lists.

I am pretty certain I will not use the computer for complex online games. That is why I am really confident using the integrated GPU. If anything, I will use AutoCAd.


Here you go with A10 APU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.10 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $399.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 10:45 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2013 4:35:04 AM

Why would you recommend a micro ATX board over a standard MB? I prefer to have a bigger case to allow for future upgrades like an SSD.

Can a micro ATX board last 10 years if properly cooled? I am planning on keeping the computer for at least 10 years with original parts.
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