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Have 2 builds in mind can you help me out on ways to improve it / save money.
They are both about 400 bucks and I think similar in performance but I would like more opinions.


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post #2 of 12
Me personally, I wouldn't be caught dead with it. Nothing wrong with current AMDs, but I just don't like em. Speccially not the older generation ones. Go for an i5 or the AMD equivalent of it (forgive me, I don't know the exact name, I'm not that into AMD).

What you want is to keep your PC throughout several years without bleeding money. If you ask me, only an i5 or anything above that (including the AMD equivalents of that) will do the job.

I fear that if you buy this PC, you'll be back here creating a new topic much like this one in less than a year.
 
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post #3 of 12
If you really don't intent to do any gaming you can get away with the suggested builds.

If I were to do something around that budget and goal I would merge the CPU and GPU suggestion and buy a AMD A8-3850 Boxed. It has a better GPU inside and is a more powerful CPU at the same time.

For office use you really don't need more that that for a couple of years. And video watching isn't going to require more power any time soon either.
Edited by Zenka - 5/8/12 at 2:15am
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If you really don't intent to do any gaming you can get away with the suggested builds.

I'm no expert on AMD CPUs, but I believe that if he wants to play HD movies in a years time while having Word and IE or Chrome open in the background, one might need a bit more, I think.
 
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The A8 is a quadcore comparable to the Phenom X4 955 on which I have done plenty of multitasking and gaming the last which a dedicated gpu ofc). It's in the shadow of a i5 of course, but that is a 100$ more.

I did discover that an SSD helps tremendously in the speed witch which you switch between applications. How heavenly would it be for an office pc if you included one of those smile.gif

As is, I rather have the A8 with an SSD then a i5 without. (when it comes to non-gaming rigs)
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Originally Posted by Zenka View Post

If you really don't intent to do any gaming you can get away with the suggested builds.
If I were to do something around that budget and goal I would merge the CPU and GPU suggestion and buy a AMD A8-3850 Boxed. It has a better GPU inside and is a more powerful CPU at the same time.
For office use you really don't need more that that for a couple of years. And video watching isn't going to require more power any time soon either.

So how is this looking?
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The A8 is a quadcore comparable to the Phenom X4 955 on which I have done plenty of multitasking and gaming the last which a dedicated gpu ofc). It's in the shadow of a i5 of course, but that is a 100$ more.
I did discover that an SSD helps tremendously in the speed witch which you switch between applications. How heavenly would it be for an office pc if you included one of those smile.gif
As is, I rather have the A8 with an SSD then a i5 without. (when it comes to non-gaming rigs)
so would it be worth it to add a 30 gb ssd with the other hdd
and would it all still be ok with 400w?

is 30gb too small?
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Yes, 30GB is defo too small. Windows 7 already costs 20GB of HDD space, and that leaves only 10GB to do things on.
Unless you wanna pair your SSD with your HDD in a RAID or something, would I advise you to get at least a 120GB SSD.
 
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post #9 of 12
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Yes, 30GB is defo too small. Windows 7 already costs 20GB of HDD space, and that leaves only 10GB to do things on.
Unless you wanna pair your SSD with your HDD in a RAID or something, would I advise you to get at least a 120GB SSD.
Well I thought all u needed was to have the OS on the ssd
I've never had one or read much about them
I don't have the budget for a 120GB ssd so if that's the only way to go I will just stick with an hdd
Even now its at about 470, can anyone see anywhere I might be able to get a better deal on something?

This is not even for me I have the pc that's in my sig.
Edited by ShotgunBFFL - 5/8/12 at 2:47am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3610QM Clevo p151EMx Intel HM77 NVidia GTX 670m 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Samsung 4x4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Momentus 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Sager NP9130 Internal Fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
15.6” 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Matte Finish Sager NP9130 Keyboard 8 Cell Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 76.96Wh Sager NP9130 
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Touchpad or Logitech G5 Onkyo Installed Speakers 
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Power Edition
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3610QM Clevo p151EMx Intel HM77 NVidia GTX 670m 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Samsung 4x4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Momentus 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Sager NP9130 Internal Fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
15.6” 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Matte Finish Sager NP9130 Keyboard 8 Cell Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 76.96Wh Sager NP9130 
MouseAudio
Touchpad or Logitech G5 Onkyo Installed Speakers 
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post #10 of 12
400W should be fine. (more then enough even, since the GPU and CPU are combined and only need a maximum of 100W.)

30GB is very small. Windows 7 alone is 10GB and the hibernation and Page files get 15GB each after a few weeks. But you can disable hibernation-mode, remove the hibernation file and reduce the size of the page file to cram it all into 20GB and have storage left for office and other critical programs. But I would suggest a 64GB drive instead. You won't have to trim windows and it has enough room for all your programs (well, as long as they are not big game like WoW) And you will use the traditional HDD for your music and movie storage.

Although I have a decent word about the OCZ drives, most people here strongly recommend the Crucial M4's.

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I figured it wasn't for you. your Shotgun's Rig is sweet smile.gif But that one can also enjoy an SSD I believe.
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