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Hey guys,

It's as the title says, time to end her torture of playing on a bloody laptop.
I'm getting her this new pc so she's able to rock some games on nice detail and to be prepared for GW2 and Diablo 3. And I need you guys to help me out fill in some of the specs since I'm somewhat limited in knowledge of some part. (fanman!)

The requirments.

- This is sorta of a budget build, so keep the price tag in mind - 350-400 EU
- It's gotta be stylish, and with this I mean the case, no tacky plastic, minimalisticmodern design is preferred
- It's gotta be quiet, there is a reason why I only have Gentle Typhoons in my case and all of them running on a controller. wink.gif
- The theme preferred is blue, but then again, she always criticizes me with "why do you care what it looks like? You can't see it anyway!" So this is basically a requirement for me... *ahem*

This is what I've got so far.

CPU: AMD APU A8 3850 2.9 GHz - so far I think this is plenty of CPU/GPU power to play nowadays MMO's and those in the future (GW2, D3)

Motherboard: Asus F1A75-M PRO (note, it's Micro ATX) - It really looks like a neat little board, loads of features and enough lanes.

PSU: (Corsair CX430 or the Be quiet 430.) Something powerful enough, with perhaps a inch of space for future improvement and quiet. Modular would also be appreciated.

RAM: (Corsair, Kingston, G.skill 1866 preferred 2x6 or 2x8 GB, blue heat spreader would be cool.)

HDD: (Seagate, WD, Baracuda 500GB)

Graphics: (A passive HD 6570/6670 or something in that area)


Case: (Insert suggestions here) Stylish, minimalistic, modern, black, not to expensive, nothing bigger the a mid-tower, and again, quiet.

Cpu Cooler: (Thinking about the Corsair H60)

Other: If you've got some suggestions for other stuff that I didn't list. smile.gif

A pre-thanks for everyone that helped me out, appreciated.
Edited by JorundJ - 1/31/12 at 11:57am
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i think you could make a better gaming system for the same price by going phenom with single gpu(6770 for exemple)

correct me anyone if im wrong

also tell us your budget(an average at least)
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Originally Posted by remz1337 View Post

i think you could make a better gaming system for the same price by going phenom with single gpu(6770 for exemple)
correct me anyone if im wrong
also tell us your budget(an average at least)

Correct, but I'm also trying to keep power consumption in mind, besides that, wanna try something new. smile.gif *edit* I also want to avoid dedicated GPU's because of the additional noise.

The budget is tricky since I don't have Dollars here, but the closest I can give you is about 350-400 Euro's
Edited by JorundJ - 1/30/12 at 1:53pm
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post #4 of 29
Corsair Vengance is quite good memory and it fits in with your theme.
http://www.amazon.de/Corsair-Vengeance-Arbeitsspeicher-240-polig-DDR3-RAM/dp/B004QBUL1C/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1327961358&sr=1-1-spell
Not sure which website you use in Sweden for your PC parts so i just linked to amazon.de, i think they ship to sweden.

For the power supply this is a good option. It is quiet and semi modular.
http://www.amazon.de/quiet-Pure-Power-L8-CM-430W-Netzteil/dp/B005JRGVAW/ref=pd_cp_computers_3

And here is my case suggestion. Fractal are known for quiet cases, this particular case is small and features quiet fans.
http://www.amazon.de/Fractal-Design-Tower-PC-Geh%C3%A4use-schwarz/dp/B004ZH07NO/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1327961823&sr=1-8
Edited by Kieran - 1/30/12 at 2:26pm
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post #5 of 29
I agree, the Phenom II + dedicated GPU route seems to be the best bet at the moment. If I build another budget machine, I'll go Phenom II again too. biggrin.gif

I think the best bet for you, staying AMD, would probably be to find something like this:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=25992848
     
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post #6 of 29
Hey,

I actually did a build for my friends with a budget of 500$. I just put the thing together and it's working great. Here are the specs.

500GB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache 79.99
A8-3850 APU 2.9GHz w/ 4MB Cache 119.99
F1A75-M PRO w/ Dual DDR3 1866, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, CrossFireX 109.99
SH-S243D 24x DVD-Writer, SATA, Black 17.99
HyperX Genesis 8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) w/ Intel XMP 39.99
Builder Series CX430 V2 Power Supply 49.99
One Hundred Case 49.99

Total: 467.93
post #7 of 29
I forgot to state that the prices above are in Canadian Dollar.

IMO i think the 3850 is more of a bang for you buck then then 3870. Performance wise you won't feel a difference between the two, but if you plan on OC then go with the 3870.
Also on that note the stock fan is more then enough i am getting temps at 20 degrees idle, i didn't bother stressing it since my friend only need it for the internet. But on the other hand if you decide to OC i would go with the corsair H60 (i am not 100% sure if it's compatible with the apu), i have OC-ing my i5 2500k system and it works wonders. You can get the H60 for a very cheap price these-days.
post #8 of 29
ok since no one has mentioned it yet be sure to get 1866mhz ram with the apu the graphics will benefit from the faster memory as it uses it for its memory

something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460
post #9 of 29

Yes, your RAM does need to be freaking fast :P
Integrated graphics make use of system memory and with the CPU & GPU both having to access system memory it can create a serious bottleneck if you go with low speed RAM.  The HD 6550D is, after all, the most powerful IGP in history.

 

No extra HD 6670?  Pair a 220-250W PSU with your build and be done with it tongue.gif (actually wtih your budget you might as well do with the headroom of a quality 380-430W but I want to mention that APUs are so power efficient that you don't need a big PSU at all; I would trust an A8 APU build with slight undervolting on a 150W Pico PSU).

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Originally Posted by Kieran View Post

Corsair Vengance is quite good memory and it fits in with your theme.
http://www.amazon.de/Corsair-Vengeance-Arbeitsspeicher-240-polig-DDR3-RAM/dp/B004QBUL1C/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1327961358&sr=1-1-spell
Not sure which website you use in Sweden for your PC parts so i just linked to amazon.de, i think they ship to sweden.
For the power supply this is a good option. It is quiet and semi modular.
http://www.amazon.de/quiet-Pure-Power-L8-CM-430W-Netzteil/dp/B005JRGVAW/ref=pd_cp_computers_3
And here is my case suggestion. Fractal are known for quiet cases, this particular case is small and features quiet fans.
http://www.amazon.de/Fractal-Design-Tower-PC-Geh%C3%A4use-schwarz/dp/B004ZH07NO/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1327961823&sr=1-8

Thanks for the suggestions, I like the RAM and I'll show her the case.
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

I agree, the Phenom II + dedicated GPU route seems to be the best bet at the moment. If I build another budget machine, I'll go Phenom II again too. biggrin.gif
I think the best bet for you, staying AMD, would probably be to find something like this:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=25992848

Phenom II chips are nice indeed, I still have a 940 laying around, but for this build I'm sticking to the APU because of the power usage and additional noise, I'll check the list. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Mahawka View Post

Hey,
I actually did a build for my friends with a budget of 500$. I just put the thing together and it's working great. Here are the specs.
500GB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache 79.99
A8-3850 APU 2.9GHz w/ 4MB Cache 119.99
F1A75-M PRO w/ Dual DDR3 1866, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, CrossFireX 109.99
SH-S243D 24x DVD-Writer, SATA, Black 17.99
HyperX Genesis 8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) w/ Intel XMP 39.99
Builder Series CX430 V2 Power Supply 49.99
One Hundred Case 49.99

Total: 467.93

Thanks for sharing that. biggrin.gif How is the CX430?
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Originally Posted by racer86 View Post

ok since no one has mentioned it yet be sure to get 1866mhz ram with the apu the graphics will benefit from the faster memory as it uses it for its memory
something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

Thanks for telling me this. wink.gif I'll make sure to get 1866mhz ram.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Yes, your RAM does need to be freaking fast tongue.gif

Integrated graphics make use of system memory and with the CPU & GPU both having to access system memory it can create a serious bottleneck if you go with low speed RAM.  The HD 6550D is, after all, the most powerful IGP in history.

No extra HD 6670?  Pair a 220-250W PSU with your build and be done with it tongue.gif (actually wtih your budget you might as well do with the headroom of a quality 380-430W but I want to mention that APUs are so power efficient that you don't need a big PSU at all; I would trust an A8 APU build with slight undervolting on a 150W Pico PSU).

Well that's great news because I'm really going for something that doesn't take a lot of watts. Do you have any suggestions for some fast RAM and a quality PSU?
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