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post #1 of 13
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Doing a build for a friend, cheap as possible of course. This one is a little different, no GTX 680's in this bad boy.

He claims his only uses are Microsoft Office Suite. This should be simple no? I always get afraid doing builds like these ; you build a new PC for them for using "only Word and emails" and they get mad when it chugs for 1080 or 720p youtube playback. Here's what I'm looking at.

Either this: A4-3400 $247.99

or this: Athlon II x4 Combo $270.49

Again, no photoshop gaming or music really ( as far as what he told me). Is AMD the right way to go here? Are there better intel options in the same price bracket? Do any of the items in the above combos set an alarm off for anyone (maybe the psus in the case/psu combos)?
Edited by Smykster - 4/18/12 at 8:16pm
post #2 of 13
Ehh... combo build. I can't see the APU one, but Athlon one is a big no no. Uses Logisys PSU = a time bomb waiting to go off.
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post #3 of 13
I would go for the Athlon build and if you want a little better video card then pick this up for dual monitors or what not in the future.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150581

That psu would probably be fine, they dont get stressed like gaming PSUs. Dells and HPs use crappy little PSUs and they last long enough. Its a budget build, getting cheap components is part of that, the psu will be fine.
post #4 of 13
What is the budget? Is this a complete build with a OS or do you have some parts already?
post #5 of 13
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Sorry, fixed the APU link and I'd like to keep it under 300usd not including OS and DVD drive.
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Originally Posted by sandy cheeks View Post

What is the budget? Is this a complete build with a OS or do you have some parts already?

Why the Athlon? CPU power?
post #7 of 13
I vote for APU combo, mainly because the use of Logisys in Athlon combo. Athlon CPU power should be better than APU.
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post #8 of 13
my vote is for an g620 and a h61!
get a discrete card and a cheap psu and cheap case it should be good!


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post #9 of 13
Under $300 with ODD thumb.gif
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CPU: AMD A4-3300 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.26 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $287.20
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post #10 of 13

I vote for neither of the combos!

 

Please, anything BUT the Supercombos!  They are ripping you off!  Individual parts lists are ALWAYS better than supercombos in performance for price.  Some combinations are just mediocre.  Your A4 supercombo pairs an A4 APU (BANDWIDTH INTENSIVE) with single channel memory.  That is a massive drop in performance right there.


Edited by xd_1771 - 4/19/12 at 8:12am
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