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Greetings AMD fella's,

My friend have a 10+ year old PC made by Dell. He's finally feeling the rush for extreme speed or shall I say lag free browsing and HD streaming lol. He's on a budget and most of yall know time is hard! I'm helping him by purchasing everything on my CC but I need advice from expert such as yourself. When it comes to price per performance ratio I believe AMD is undoubtedly the winner hands down. I've been using Intel for a while so I have no idea what's a good AMD CPU. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

$400 is max budget but preferably $300

Daily activity is Youtube, streaming online video, mp3, and sometime old game like tetris, or the bouncing ball that destroy the bricks when it touches... so yea those games are really GPU intense smile.gif

No LCD require ONLY Tower. I was hoping to get at least a quad core but I'm not sure if that's possible with our budget. I won't be home for a few hours so I'll reply ASAP when I'm back.


Thank You
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post #2 of 16
Look into using an a6-3650 as your CPU, its a decent quad core, with great IGP performance thumb.gif
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Sorry, I should mention the request was for a complete build, not just CPU. As I stated budget is $400 but preferably around $300 would be great, thanks.
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2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
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Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
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Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
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post #4 of 16
As stated the a6-3650 with a decent socket fm1 motherboard. 8 gb of atleast 1600mhz memory (actually 4gb would do you just fine. Get a PSU of atleast 450 watts (so you may crossfire a discrete graphics card later if you wish)

If you dont know what the a6-3650 is, its a quad core (basically athalon II) cpu with radeon 6530D graphics all on the same chip. This is direct x 11 capable graphics and can play even intense games like BF3 at medium settings with a decent fps. This is a $100 or so apu (cpu/gpu) and saves you the money of having to buy a graphics card at first. You should be able to stay in the $300-$350 range with this and it's a good choice if you ask me. Also amd is releasing unlocked versions of these apu's within a few days. they have a unlocked multiplier for overclocking the cpu separate from the gpu on the chip. I would wait for that but thats because I have to run my cpu at MAX overclock to browse the web lol
    
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post #5 of 16

A6 looks like your best choice.  None of these tasks will require 8GB of RAM, though you should get a DDR3-1600 kit to avoid any bottlenecks (as FM1 platform is bandwidth intensive).  You really don't need more than a 250W PSU for such a setup.  I veryhighly recommend that you look into a small form factor case such as the Apex DM-317 case/PSU at NCIX (order it with another item to get your order over $50 and get free shipping - otherwise it's not free and may be expensive!)

 

Also remember boxing day is coming up so you will want to look at what deals might be available on the day!

post #6 of 16
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I have no idea the A6 is a CPU/GPU combo and around $100 is crazy cheap. Also the Apex DM-317 look very nice especially at $37.99 lol.

Okay so far this is what we have...

A6-3650 $129.79 (waiting for unlock version)
Newegg out of stock, Amazon 1 left.

Apex DM-317 $37.99

Mobo?

WD Cavalier Blue 500gb $75 (seem kind of expensive anyone know where it for cheaper?)


Cooler master power plus 500w $34.99


Total ~ $278 without the mobo. What is a good mobo for the A6-3650?



Thanks guys yall been a big help!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
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Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
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post #7 of 16

I'd put out more suggestions but I'm waitng till NCIX's boxing week sale goes out tonight at approx. 5PM PST/8PM EST.  You should wait for it too, there'll be quite a few good deals I'm guessing wink.gif

Motherboard, you've got various choices.  There are low end A55 boards (which contain most all the features you will need, really) between $55 and $70, or somewhat higher end A75 boards in the $90 range that are overclocking-ready  Up to you what you want to do!  The A6 can be expected to reach 3.6Ghz or so with the GPU enabled, or (with separate GPU and onboard disabled, perhaps that might be an option later) upwards of 4.1Ghz.

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sounds like a plan... what exactly is NCIX boxing week sale? is it an online shopping website or retail store?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
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post #9 of 16

^ Both.  NCIX is a nationwide online retailer in both the US and Canada, and NCIX also has local stores in the Greater Vancouver and Toronto areas in Canada.

post #10 of 16
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Thanks! I found the site by googling smile.gif
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
  hide details  
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9300 @ 3.6GHz 480FSB GA EP45-UD3P HD 6950 SOLD! Rokn 8800GT Patriot Viper DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x500 Raid0 -250 OSX Dual Window7/Snow Leopard LG 32LD350 HDTV/Samsung T240 1920x1200 Cooler Master 550W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900 Modded MX518 QCK+ Steel 
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