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So as title says I am doing a budget APU build for a family member. Mainly will be used for light weight stuff such as FB and basic browsing/steaming of media with a possibility of needing to do some light to moderate gaming like Cabelas big game hunter etc.

Now the budget is fairly tight being set and limited to $350.00 shipped/tax etc, no way to stretch it even by 1 cent. However this is for just the tower essentially.

With that out of the way onto what I (and a brainstorming session with my brother)dug up and had in mind. And I also need to mention that there is no need for HDD or OS as that is already taken care of. Will be using a 500GB Seagate and Win7 Pro 64-bit. Glad I stocked up on drives a bit, still have a few around that cost me almost nill compared to HDD prices now.

So for cpu I was going to go with A8-3850, and for mb to pair up with I picked the Biostar TA75M+. I've used Biostar a bit now for budget builds and have had all around great luck with them. Hopefully that open box will work out nicely.

For memory I was leaning towards the Patriot 8GB 1600MHz kit.


To power it all xd pointed me to a great deal on a Corsair CX430 V2, heck of a steal on that imo after MIR.


And to house it all I am trying to go with a kindacool yet sleek look so I chose the Sunbeam EVO, for some reason I think it will be a great looking budget case.

Of course since some need the flexibility of card readers I am also incorporating one into the build, went with a Vantec 58-in-1 card reader. And for an optical drive an Asus cd/dvd burner combo as I don't think they will be utilizing Blu-Ray anytime soon.

Comes in at$357.92 total after adding shipping.


If anyone has some ideas or better prices I would be very much willing to entertain suggestions. This will be my first APU build and looking forward to it, if goes right I will switch to AMD for my budget builds when requested and I can't flex a good Intel build with reasonable discrete gfx.

Also if any of the links are wrong let me know, copy pasted a few and I think I got them all correct.


All right OCN, critique away and Thank You all for taking your time and being willing to help.



Edit 1: To reflect and change ram kit from 1333MHz to 1600MHz kit.

Edit 2: Revamped entire build pretty much. And of course went over budget a smidget.
Edited by rx7racer - 1/29/12 at 2:16am
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I think we did good, Let see what others have to say!

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Everything looks pretty good, I would switch the memory with something a little faster though as the GPU will actually benefit from it.

Here are some Ripjaws for $6 more dollars than the Geil's.
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Thanks Gunfire, I have to agree there. I must have glanced over the 1600MHz set of Geil.

After switching that out total cost hits $347.80 shipped.

While I do like the RipJaws, unfortunately that puts it over budget. Sounds stupid I know, but that budget is set in stone.

Again thanks though, let me notice that higher rated Geil kits.
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NICE! i like it alot! I'll give you props!
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If this is a light weight build with little major expansion plans, forget the Source 210.  Forget the Seasonic 520W PSU that is fairly high priced.  Choose a small form factor case and use the integrated PSU which is more than enough to power even higher end A8 APU setups.  Save desk space.  Save a crapton of cash.  Spend that cash instead on performance by going with an A8 APU over A6 APU thumb.gif

 

For $66 shipped anyway I'm not a fan of the S12II 520W.  You could get more power out of a Rosewill RG630 Green PSU for less price ($60 shipped).  And you could honestly power an A8 APU PC with a 250W PSU (so long as it's not old and very used or of completely mediocre quality like a Logisys or Diablotek).

 

Trust me on this one: This is the case you're looking for
And this is the better A8 APU you're looking for


Edited by xd_1771 - 1/28/12 at 12:56am
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Hmm that is a nice looking case, and includes a card reader. wonder what the quality of the psu is like. that would free up enough to go with the higher end apu.
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Thanks all for the input, I get what you mean xd and I can agree with the A8-3850, NE must have just slapped it on sale, or I'm blind haha.

So I usually go with a reputable psu in my builds, have to agree that 520W may be just too much, so gonna swap it to a SilverStone 400W and dropped ram down to the Geil 4GB kit as it will honestly be plenty for what this build will be used for.

I read a few times where a lower mounted on-board HDMI port conflicted with that Pixxo slim case so not really feeling that case at all, if I was doing an ITX yeah that may be worth considering but I don't feel the quality is there with it.

And thanks dark, that does look good, however same thing comes to mind, I just don't want to trust that psu that comes with that case. For longevity purposes as I do expect them to use this build for at least 5 years I'm not willing to skimp on the areas I feel and always feel are important and worthy of investment.

And also, there is a possibility that minor expansion could happen so trying to keep the door open for that, which I think an APU is flexible enough to do as well.

So with swapping psu and ram kit out and being able to apply the A8-3850 the build now comes in at $350.26 shipped( I lied, we'll increase budget by 26 cents haha).

Anyone have good experience with those pixxo cases? From what I found I'd prefer to pass on it. But if I'm finding wrong info and someone has experience with it I'm willing to listen. I can't deny that would make the build come in a good bit under budget.


Again, thanks all for your input. Trying to get this build on lock by Monday to order, so still some brainstorming time.
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