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Shew! thats a tight budget. This is what i would do:

Windows 7 - $100
GSkill Ripjaw 4gb(2x2gb)1600mhz - $30
Corsair Builder Series 500w - $40 (after MIR)
MSI A75MA-G55 - $95
WD 320gb 7200 - $70
CoolMaster RC-310 - $40
AMD A-6 3650 Llano 2.6 Quad w/ 6530gpu - $120

=~$495

if you can at all manage, spring for the A-3850 - $140.

It has 400 GPU processors, vs 320 for the A-3650.
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My brothers friend wants a new computer. The main use will be minecraft which from what i have seen requires decent graphics card, my brothers on board ati 4 series couldn't hack it but with a gtx 260 it works great. I was wondering about cpu vs apu for this kind of system. Any recommendations?
If this friend is looking for a pc that has minecraft as the pinnacle I wouldn't even get an exactly new system. A socket 775 Cpu coupled with his gtx 260 will do him justice and some.
I just looked up the recommended specs. for minecraft and he surpasses them heavily with at least the gtx 260. http://www.game-debate.com/games/ind...game=Minecraft
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A8-3850 with an Asus F1A75-V Pro I think. It built a rig with it a little while back including an OS for about $475. Was able to play DIRT3 with it in the small time that I had it before I turned it over to the owner.
^this. check out this thread . . .

http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/11...nom-ii-x4.html
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Shew! thats a tight budget. This is what i would do:

Windows 7 - $100
GSkill Ripjaw 4gb(2x2gb)1600mhz - $30
Corsair Builder Series 500w - $40 (after MIR)
MSI A75MA-G55 - $95
WD 320gb 7200 - $70
CoolMaster RC-310 - $40
AMD A-6 3650 Llano 2.6 Quad w/ 6530gpu - $120

=~$495

if you can at all manage, spring for the A-3850 - $140.

It has 400 GPU processors, vs 320 for the A-3650.
This is pretty decent secondaries. I would scrap that hdd, get a MUCH cheaper one and then put the savings into a quality motherboard that isn't MSI (I don't trust their AMD boards). Again the 3850 is the way to go for APU's.
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Ok i haven't kept up with the apu world. Being that the apu has a built in 6530 hd how will the graphics compare to an actual card? By the way i kinda worded that wrong at the beginning, my brother has the 260 with a phenom 1 @ 2.6ghz, the friend has nothing.
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This is pretty decent secondaries. I would scrap that hdd, get a MUCH cheaper one and then put the savings into a quality motherboard that isn't MSI (I don't trust their AMD boards). Again the 3850 is the way to go for APU's.
Trust me, i tried to find a cheaper HD......but prices have gone ballistic reciently! I completely agree with you that its unnecessary to spend that much on storage, but my my search skills are rusty

Mobo: you can get the ASUS a75 for the same price, Your choice!
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Trust me, i tried to find a cheaper HD......but prices have gone ballistic reciently! I completely agree with you that its unnecessary to spend that much on storage, but my my search skills are rusty

Mobo: you can get the ASUS a75 for the same price, Your choice!
Whoa you are right. I haven't bought an HDD for a few months. Now the Samsung F3 1TB is like $80 and is out of stock at Newegg. Those used to be $55 tops.

At $80 I would still get the F3 instead of the WD that you posted though.
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Ok i haven't kept up with the apu world. Being that the apu has a built in 6530 hd how will the graphics compare to an actual card? By the way i kinda worded that wrong at the beginning, my brother has the 260 with a phenom 1 @ 2.6ghz, the friend has nothing.
The 6550 is going to be pretty close to the Nvidia 240gt, and the 6530 a bit slower still.
The 2.6 Llano will blow the 2.6 Phenom 1 out of the water.

6550 Preformance:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4448/a...ance-preview/3
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The real question is how do apu graphics compare to old style motherboard graphics vs an actual card?
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The real question is how do apu graphics compare to old style motherboard graphics vs an actual card?
I would take APU graphics over any motherboard graphics. For a dedicated card it depends on how much is being spent.
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