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Hi there!
My girlfriend is in DIRE need of a new computer. She currently has one on a pentium 4 chip with 512MB of RAM...
But. she's on a very limited budget of £300. I took up the challenge of trying to make a computer, but im not all that sure about components im buying at the lowest of prices or about APUs. I could really do with a hand tongue.gif

She's basically going to be using it mostly for uni work, internet and a little bit of gaming (Just stuff like left 4 dead, portal, orcs must die etc).
Her requirements are: Quad Core, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, have wireless, good enough to run her games.... and it has to be pretty tongue.gif

So far ive come up with this:
AMD A8 5600K - £76
Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H sFM2 Motherboard - £60
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA III - £60
Corsair 4GB DDR3 stick - £15
Asus ATi 6450 1GB - £27
TP-Link Wireless card - £10
CIT 400W PSU - £19
Then either:
the T-Bird or X-case Amera
~£20

So overall it comes to around £290 without windows who-let-rip-smiley.png
She can get that free from MSDNAA or something though biggrin.gif

So overall, does this seem like a good build?
And would it be up to speed on games?

Any helpful input would be greatly appreciated smile.gif
Thanks!
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i doubt that you will need the asus 6450 since you have a AMD A8 5600K
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i doubt that you will need the asus 6450 since you have a AMD A8 5600K

This.

Take out the GPU and upgrade the CPU to an A10. Or if you're fine with that CPU get more than 4GB of ram. thumb.gif

Edit: Now that I look at it, you might be able to double your ram AND get the A10 when you remove the GPU. Looks like you'll have a decent set-up redface.gif
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This.
Take out the GPU and upgrade the CPU to an A10. Or if you're fine with that CPU get more than 4GB of ram. thumb.gif
Edit: Now that I look at it, you might be able to double your ram AND get the A10 when you remove the GPU. Looks like you'll have a decent set-up redface.gif
Oh, i didnt realise that it was that powerful biggrin.gif
I dont think that she would need more than 4GB of RAM, seeing as i dont even use that much tongue.gif
Or is the need for more RAM to do with it being an APU? Like i say, i dont know much about them :')
Also, would the A10 require a different mobo than the one i have?

Thanks for the help both of ya smile.gif
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Get the fastest ram you can for the APU, and Get the A10. The APU needs fast ram speeds to perform best. Minimum 1866mhz, IMHO
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan the bloke View Post

Oh, i didnt realise that it was that powerful biggrin.gif
I dont think that she would need more than 4GB of RAM, seeing as i dont even use that much tongue.gif
Or is the need for more RAM to do with it being an APU? Like i say, i dont know much about them :')
Also, would the A10 require a different mobo than the one i have?
Thanks for the help both of ya smile.gif

APU's benefit from the extra RAM for the GPU utilization. And no, you will not need a different mobo!

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Get the fastest ram you can for the APU, and Get the A10. The APU needs fast ram speeds to perform best. Minimum 1866mhz, IMHO

He doesn't need that much, I doubt there will be much gaming going on.
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