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I recently bought a new laptop and sold my cpu components in my sig, but I'd like to do a small build in which I buy a new CPU/MOBO/ and ram... I have all the other components

I've been doing intel for the last few builds so now I'd like to try AMD.

I do not have a lot of money to spend but this computer will mostly be used for storage probably very minimal gaming (every game i play my laptop can handle).

Can someone suggest me a cpu mobo and ram for preferably under $200 or so.
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[Seagate] 1TB 7200RPM |[WD] 350GB 7200 RPM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 [Philips] 244E 24" 1920x1080 [Ultra]550W LSP 
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Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3L AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

It was difficult on this budget to get a good system but this should fulfil your requirements. A OK motherboard (supports 16GB of RAM with 4 slows for upgrades later) and has USB 3.0, a FX 4100 Quad Core Desktop Processor from AMD - usually I wouldn't recommend these, but because of your limited budget it's a must, and 4 GB of G.Skill RAM.

It will be faster than your laptop anyway so you should be fine. To get a large speed increase, maybe look at a small SSD as a boot device for this?

Anyway, even these parts are a little over budget..

Mobo: $79.99
CPU: $109.99
RAM: $29.99

Total: $220 excluding tax and shipping. You could probably go with a cheaper motherboard though if you just want it for light gaming.

Hope this helped thumb.gif

EDIT: You may get a better deal by going in store to like a microcenter or something, they usually have bundle deals - exactly what you want!
Edited by joshd - 4/29/12 at 1:53pm
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to be honest save alil more cash and buy something that your gonna keep for a while. chance are if you buy cheap you will regret it and wanna upgrade. so dont throw your money away!! just save up
    
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Originally Posted by joshd View Post

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3L AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
It was difficult on this budget to get a good system but this should fulfil your requirements. A OK motherboard (supports 16GB of RAM with 4 slows for upgrades later) and has USB 3.0, a FX 4100 Quad Core Desktop Processor from AMD - usually I wouldn't recommend these, but because of your limited budget it's a must, and 4 GB of G.Skill RAM.
It will be faster than your laptop anyway so you should be fine. To get a large speed increase, maybe look at a small SSD as a boot device for this?
Anyway, even these parts are a little over budget..
Mobo: $79.99
CPU: $109.99
RAM: $29.99
Total: $220 excluding tax and shipping. You could probably go with a cheaper motherboard though if you just want it for light gaming.
Hope this helped thumb.gif
EDIT: You may get a better deal by going in store to like a microcenter or something, they usually have bundle deals - exactly what you want!

That looks pretty solid. Pretty good motherboard, good quad core proc and good brand of memory. Not bad at all for $200.

Here would be another one if you had a spare video card lying around. Its a much better motherboard that you could upgrade a lot later one but it doesnt have onboard video. If you want to stick with the Gigabyte linked above, you can go with the $5 cheaper Corsair RAM and this X4 processor. Its a great overclocker and could handle some heavy duty workloads.

ASRock 970 Extreme3 -- $80
Phenom II X4 960T -- $125
Corsair 4GB -- $25
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^ There is a much better 2x2GB DDR3-1600 kit at lower cost.

 

My own suggestion favours:

AMD FX-4100 - $100 shipped [Newegg]

ASRock 770 iCafe (AM3+) - $69 shipped [Newegg]

2x2GB Wintec One DDR3-1600 kit - $24 shipped [Newegg]
$193 shipped all


Edited by xd_1771 - 5/2/12 at 1:04am
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Here are a couple of builds with 8GB of RAM tongue.gifAPU (Click to show) FX (Click to show)
Edited by Ironman517 - 5/2/12 at 7:20am
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The Sig Rig
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Wifey Rig
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Xbox PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz stable ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 MSI GTX 980 Ti 32GB (4 x 8GB) 1866Mhz Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer 28" 4K Corsair AX750 Corsair 800D SWTOR Razer Naga 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium XSPC RS120 8 x GT AP-15s White Sleeved Cables for Corsair AX750 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus EVGA GTX 680 2x4 GB 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
500GB WD Black 64 GB Crucial M4 Sony CD/DVD burner H40 w/ GT AP-15s 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Home 64 bit Corsair CX430 APEVIA X-Plorer2 Pink 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium G620 Foxconn H67S ITX Intel HD 2000 2 x 4GB 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
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post #7 of 7

Seeing as this PC "will mostly be used for storage probably very minimal gaming", I do not support taking away from the CPU/mobo budget and going for 8GB RAM.  It is just not necessary.  Very few games will use above 4GB of RAM.

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