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4GB of RAM is still fine for this build; whoever said that "amount of RAM" is what is necessary has it all wrong. Amount of RAM has to do with what you will be doing on this PC. What's important on the Llano APU, and for the same reason that both the CPU and GPU both use the system RAM, is memory performance.

Choosing generic valueRAM with low binning and no guarantee of overclockability over a DDR3-1600 (overclockable to 1866) kit will result in an extremely large scale loss of performance due to the Llano APU's requirement for lots of bandwidth (up to 50% gaming, 20% general).

An A8 build can fit in a $350 budget.

Assuming OS on a separate budget, this is my suggestion:
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This would make for a great, compact (thin, particularly) small form factor setup. I have owned two Apex DM-387s already (well, direct variants at least) and they are great to work with. Going totally tiny with mITX (which will probably make only a small difference) will mean that you have to sacrifice a couple of things due to increased cost (i.e. A8 to A6 APU).
Good thing I haven't ordered yet. I was waiting to see when you would post
Edited by Boinz - 10/8/11 at 2:16pm
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