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Hey guys and girls-
I'm trying to get the best bang for the buck office computer for my boss's. So far he gave me $300 and and told me as long as it was under $500 it's cool.
I'm figuring AMD is definately the cheaper route. I'm hoping you guys can help me get the best value so I can get some brownie points with the boss-man rolleyes.gif

This looks like a good start but there must be better ---> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1053354



1xCOOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:RC-912-KKN1) $59.99

1xBIOSTAR A75MG FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Model:A75MG) $69.99

1xCOOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply (Model:RS550-PCARE3-US) $44.99

1xAMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX (Model:AD3650WNGXBOX)
$79.99

1xCrucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 (Model:BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S0) $39.99


Total Rebates $15.00
Total after rebate $250

I know we can do better than this! Please help me redface.gif I also want to get a cheap ssd too and possibly an hdd. I will be oh so grateful-
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as long as it is a basic computer, you could go either route, with an amd a4, or an intel pentium. i'll do two builds, one intel and one amd.
AMD Build $270 (Click to show) Intel Build $275 (Click to show) These both obviously leave room for operating system, ssd, and video cards
Edited by thepoopscooper - 10/22/12 at 5:36pm
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Supercombos can ALWAYS be trumped with individual configs. That, for one, tries to incorporate a HAF 912 into a $260 budget!? In my eyes it is immediately terrible.
Get an FM2-based build for the same price.
post #4 of 66
Bit over 300$, but I think its good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $339.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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post #5 of 66
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Originally Posted by Fr33kill View Post

Bit over 300$, but I think its good.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $339.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Dont use a dead socket. Use FM2 so you have an upgrade path

Do not use ram that is under 1600mhz when using the apus IGPU. it bottle necks the crap out of it.

Do not trust that HDD. try to stay to WD or Seagate
post #6 of 66
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Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

Dont use a dead socket. Use FM2 so you have an upgrade path
Do not use ram that is under 1600mhz when using the apus IGPU. it bottle necks the crap out of it.
Do not trust that HDD. try to stay to WD or Seagate

Edited Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $343.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I choose the first HDD cause it got good reviews, and a cheap price.
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post #7 of 66
^ Guys above are winning, just bewarned that DDR3-1333 bottlenecks an FM1 A6 so you should bump that to 1600
Hang on I just got home and dealing with FX-83XX release but I'll come up with something FM2 ish today
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

^ Guys above are winning, just bewarned that DDR3-1333 bottlenecks an FM1 A6 so you should bump that to 1600
Hang on I just got home and dealing with FX-83XX release but I'll come up with something FM2 ish today

Sorry to beat you to it, but here's a slightly more expensive FM2 build biggrin.gif.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $353.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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post #9 of 66
^ Given the usage I would take the above and make these downgrades/changes to better meet the needs and meet the budget:
2x2GB memory is fine (-$14)
Small form factor case/PSU (-$21)
Cheaper DVD drive (-$8.34)
A8 (-$20)
HDD at NCIX (+/-$0, reduces retailer dependence)
It is now perfect
post #10 of 66
Ncix isn't loading, so I can't see what parts you have chosen, but I've pricematched you and put it into a pcpartpicker list. Thanks for the price cut recommendations thumb.gif.
Edit: Didn't think a single channel will cause a severe bottleneck, or atleast one that was noticeable by an average user.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.10 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $295.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Edited by Fr33kill - 10/22/12 at 7:32pm
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