Originally Posted by thepoopscooper
Dont use a dead socket. Use FM2 so you have an upgrade path
CPU upgrade paths are pointless on extreme-budget general use rigs that will simply be replaced every 4-7 years. If a "dead" socket offers a better value, it is actually often the better choice for rigs like this.
Do not use ram that is under 1600mhz when using the apus IGPU. it bottle necks the crap out of it.
The iGPU in this build will have very little bandwidth requirement since it won't be playing games. Basic 1333 stuff would be perfectly fine here.
My suggested builds are as follows:
AMD Llano Build:CPU/GPU/Optical
This quad core llano is about the same price an A6-5400K Trinity dual core. Apply promo code: EMCJNJA38 for free shipping on optical drive. Save $11 in this combo.MOBO/RAM
This Hudson D3 based FM1 board comes with a free 2x4GB 1600-9-9-9-1.5V memory kit. Enjoy!SSD
256GB or 180GB or 120GB SSD options, skip the mechy drive, just pick the size you think is appropriate for their needs.PSU
Seasonic reliability and warranty. 80+ GOLD efficiency. Long lasting, cool running, quiet.Case
This is selected based on price, internal build quality, and looks. This is a mature looking case that will be at home in an office environment.
That's $335, $393 or $420
depending on the SSD chosen.
Drop to the dual or triple core llano's (available in the same sort of combos with that same optical drive), to save an additional $10-30. I see the quad as the better value for the machine as a whole personally.
(use same promo code as above for free shipping on optical)MOBO/RAM
Again, free 2x8GB kit with purchase of MOBO here. This is actually a pretty full featured board here that would normally seem "out of the price range" for such a budget build, but the free RAM kit deal sort of dissolves the price discrepancy of the board here.
Same Case/PSU/SSD options as the build above. That's $395, $453 or $480
depending on the SSD
Drop to a G850 for $70 + $16 optical (purchased separately) to cut $50 from the build costs listed above.
AMD Trinity build:CPU/GPU/MOBO
Don't settle for D1 and D2 chipsets when there are good deals on D3's that have SATA 6Gb, which will improve SSD performance.PSU/Optical
(use the same promo code for free shipping on the optical drive as above, yes, it works in combos I checked)RAM
Same Case and SSD options as listed in the builds above. $381, $439, or $466
Depending on SSD.
Drop to the A4-5300 or A6-5400K to save $35-45. They're available in the same $10 off combo special with the motherboard.
ALL of the above are viable, good builds, for general office use. The 9 possible CPU and 3 possible SSD options shown or optioned out here covers all of your best possible options within the $300-500 range. I think the quad core llano build, which is in the same price class as the dual core trinity and G850 build options, wins from a value perspective by a small margin, but I would happily put together any of the systems above for a friend for family member.
EricEdited by mdocod - 10/23/12 at 10:59pm