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First Custom Build Help ( AMD APU for good general performance)

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May 20, 2013 9:05:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: 500-550 (After Rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing Internet (Multiple tabs) + Streaming Movies , Light Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com
Location: USA/GA
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


This is the configuration I have in mind:

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

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($118.99 @ Amazon) I already have this, so that's $119 off the total price
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $616.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Not particularly into gaming .
Want a powerful machine that isn't going to stutter with dual 1080p monitors, HD videos, heavy browsing.
Would like the possibly for the machine to be upgradable in the future.

Questions:

1. Are all the parts compatible ?
2. Is the 16 GB ripjaws good or should i go for 2x4B 2133 Mhz ?
3. Any other suggestions? Anywhere I could cut down or improve on ?
4. Future proof ? For a new APU / Intel system if i replace the Mobo/Processor an year from now?


Thanks for all the help in advance!
Cheers


a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 5:42:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $0.00)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $496.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 08:41 EDT-0400)

I would just make a couple changes, go with a better quality PSU and 2133Mhz RAM. This PSU also gives you the option to add a discrete GPU down the road, extending the longevity of the build. You don't need 16GB of RAM, 8GB is plenty.
May 21, 2013 6:23:25 AM

Since you already have an SSD I put a GPU in there that you can crossfire with the APU, this can run Battlefield 3 on high at 720p with 50FPS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LE Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.66 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: BitFenix Prodigy Black ($89.98)
Total: $471.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 09:23 EDT-0400)

And for some reason PCPartPicker doesn't have the BitFenix Prodigy so I put it as a custom part.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 6:27:12 AM

Sam, that case only supports mini ITX, but the motherboard is micro ATX.
May 21, 2013 6:33:25 AM

Transmaniacon said:
Sam, that case only supports mini ITX, but the motherboard is micro ATX.


Oh, poop, yeah you're going to need to find a different case.

Or you could go with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($122.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 09:31 EDT-0400)
May 21, 2013 11:41:01 PM

I'm looking to stick with the A10. Don't game on my PC anymore.

Thanks for the response. Is that motherboard (fm2a85x extreme4-m) reliable. Are there any other recommendations at a similar price that you're aware of?

And is water cooling an overkill?
Thanks !
May 22, 2013 4:54:59 AM

cantona7 said:
I'm looking to stick with the A10. Don't game on my PC anymore.

Thanks for the response. Is that motherboard (fm2a85x extreme4-m) reliable. Are there any other recommendations at a similar price that you're aware of?

And is water cooling an overkill?
Thanks !


Yes, water cooling is over kill, another good board is the ASRock FM2A75M-DGS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£69.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£46.95 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.16 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.90 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card (£56.92 @ Dabs)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£28.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£37.72 @ Aria PC)
Total: £334.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-22 12:54 BST+0100)
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