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post #1 of 17
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Hy guys!
So I need a new computer for my office. The program I'll be using requires a dual core at 2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. I would like it to be good for the next 5 years or so. It's not a computer I want to invest much in, I just need to get my work done.
So, do you think an AMD A6-3650 will do the trick? I'm talking about cpu and gpu power. Or are there any better choices?
I want the price to be as low as possible.biggrin.gif

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 17
Max budget?

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heres my idea smile.gif

Drop a little I3 or even a 2500 and it will be good for 5 years smile.gif
Edited by ryanbob1234 - 10/24/11 at 10:17am
post #3 of 17
Do you need a good GPU? An athlon II would be fine I would think. I have an unlocked Sempron here at work and have it clocked at 3.6GHz. Flies through anything I need it for. The 4250 onboard GPU is fine for HD content as well.
   
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Intel Core i5-2410M Lenovo NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB GDDR5 Samsung 8GB 1333MHz CL9 
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RunCore 30GB mSATA SSD + Western Digital Caviar... LG BD-ROM / DVD RW Cooler Master NotePal U2 Windows 7 Home Premium 
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SteelSeries 6G Corsair Professional HX650W Fractal Design Define Mini SteelSeries Ikari Laser 
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Intel Core i5-2410M Lenovo NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB GDDR5 Samsung 8GB 1333MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
RunCore 30GB mSATA SSD + Western Digital Caviar... LG BD-ROM / DVD RW Cooler Master NotePal U2 Windows 7 Home Premium 
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post #4 of 17
kind of hard NOT to biuld something like that.

I'd just go with an AMD Phenom II quad core CPU...great bang for the buck. if you want some more performance go with Intel's 2500k, but this will be a large amount more expensive.

I'd still pick up a graphics card for it...an ATI radeon 5570 or 5770. Incase you want two or three monitors one day. Note that nVidia brand cards will only let you have 2 monitors with one graphics card.

Use a power supply that actually claims to be 400 watts or less and is still $40 or so...you never should skimp on a power supply, but at the same time a rig like this won't need a lot of power.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/24/11 at 10:22am
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post #5 of 17
I am totally for the APU build honestly. I think you will be fine for years to come.
   
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post #6 of 17
Heres my office build for low cost:

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103921
Motherboard:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128469
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104155
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136497
DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
GPU: http://www.overclock.net/video/1147881-fs-evga-nvidia-gtx260-core-192-a.html
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811164040
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170010

Overall price cost:
Processor - $100
Motherboard - $50
Ram - $30
HDD - $60
DVD Drive - $20
GPU - $55
PSU - $21
Case - $30
Overall - $366 (not bad and it'll do the job)

If you wanted a smaller case, you could definitely get a micro atx case, just make sure that it will fit the vid card appropriately
Edited by zerobahamut - 10/24/11 at 10:40am
 
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Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
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Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
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AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
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(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
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i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
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OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm not going to use multiple monitors on that computer, so no need for a dedicated graphics card. I'll be using it with monitors <1080p so an onboard graphics should suffice. Also 8 GB is too much. 4 GB will be fine. If there is the need I'll buy more later. Also an i5 will be far too much power than needed.
Wildcard, this is right what I'm deciding between: an athlon/phenom + onboard graphics or an APU. Or something on the intel side like an i3 2100.
I'll be using the Corsair CX 430 V2 to power this. It should be good.
Waiting for more opinions. biggrin.gif
Edited by andrei.c - 10/24/11 at 10:39am
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Core i5 2500K Asus P8Z68-V MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Corsair Vengence LP 2x4GB 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB Wester Digital Blue 1TB CM Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell S2340L Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 Corsair HX750w CM 690 II Window 
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post #8 of 17
are you looking for lower than $300...tryin 2 help ya just dnno how low you wanna go while keeping longevity in mind
 
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i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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post #9 of 17
Where are you shopping for the parts?
   
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Intel Core i7-4790K Gigabyte Z97MX - Gaming 5 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Corsair H50 Windows 8.1 64-bit ASUS VH238H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
SteelSeries 6G Corsair Professional HX650W Fractal Design Define Mini SteelSeries Ikari Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2410M Lenovo NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB GDDR5 Samsung 8GB 1333MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
RunCore 30GB mSATA SSD + Western Digital Caviar... LG BD-ROM / DVD RW Cooler Master NotePal U2 Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPowerCase
15.6" 1366x768 Delta 120W IdeaPad Y570 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790K Gigabyte Z97MX - Gaming 5 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Corsair H50 Windows 8.1 64-bit ASUS VH238H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
SteelSeries 6G Corsair Professional HX650W Fractal Design Define Mini SteelSeries Ikari Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2410M Lenovo NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB GDDR5 Samsung 8GB 1333MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
RunCore 30GB mSATA SSD + Western Digital Caviar... LG BD-ROM / DVD RW Cooler Master NotePal U2 Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPowerCase
15.6" 1366x768 Delta 120W IdeaPad Y570 
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post #10 of 17
If you have no plan to use more than one monitor the APU will be a fine build then.

It is just really nice to have the multiple monitors...I sometimes use four to work on. Anything non-work releated I could just have one, but for work I could never do anything if I had less than three. So if this is even a possibility go with a cheaper CPU and a discrete GPU...since the APU would be more-or-less wasted if you did end up buying a GPU for it.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/24/11 at 10:51am
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2600K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8P67 B3 GTX 580 EVGA Hydro Copper 2 GTX 580 EVGA  
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws bunch of 'em Blu-Ray For movies Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24.4" Hans G HH251 X2 Yamakasi DS270  Blah 1000watt Super Flower 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Built into Desk Microsoft SideWinder X8 Comfy one... Creative Extreme Gamer 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8P67 B3 GTX 580 EVGA Hydro Copper 2 GTX 580 EVGA  
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws bunch of 'em Blu-Ray For movies Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24.4" Hans G HH251 X2 Yamakasi DS270  Blah 1000watt Super Flower 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Built into Desk Microsoft SideWinder X8 Comfy one... Creative Extreme Gamer 
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