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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Biostar TA75MH2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($14.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($81.38 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $349.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-07 14:58 EST-0500)

Here are the things I'm going to be reusing from what I already have

* Monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers/external song cd drive
* Case: Antec 300
* PSU: Allied 350w
* OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I can basically run games at high settings @ 40-50 fps which is playable.

suggestions/ideas/feedback etc.
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80 GB Western Digital Thermaltake GunMet Orb MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Acer S230HL 
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Orion YH-480w 
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post #2 of 9

Do not bottleneck your A10 build with generic DDR3-1333 memory. You need DDR3-1866 to avoid bottlenecks for an A10 APU.

 

Buy everything from your local NCIX or Canadacomputers and price match if any of the prices are lower. You will save a ton of money and a ton of time. AVOID Newegg.ca completely.

post #3 of 9
This is not a very good build.

Why do I say this?

Well, mostly because you're paying a lot for hybrid crossfire. You're really only going to get a little above a 6770 in performance, and in general a Sandy Bridge pentium/celeron w/discrete GPU is going to provide you with a better gaming/casual computing experience for the $$. This is largely based on the fact that celerons/pentiums are dirt cheap & allow you to get a better graphics option than you can with the APU.

So here's what I'd recommend for you for about the same price (you can always go up or down on video card since you don't need to match with hybrid crossfire):

Celeron g540 (Sandy Bridge dual-core) - ($47)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=63934&vpn=BX80623G540&manufacture=Intel

Gigabyte H61M ($55)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=73210&vpn=GA%2DH61M%2DDS2H&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1306

Memory - ($15) what you have above, Intel systems don't care near as much about RAM speed as APU systems

500gb HDD - ($60) 250gb seems really small really fast
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1306

XFX Radeon 7850 ($170, comes with Far Cry 3)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=77797&vpn=FX785AZNL4&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1306

Total: $347, not including a $20 rebate. This will be significantly better on the graphics power front than the setup you have above. Also, if your budget is a bit flexible you can pay roughly $30 more to move to the slightly faster Ivy Bridge celeron, which are just now out, apparently. I haven't seen 'em in the states yet:

Celeron g555 ($65)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=75438&vpn=BX80623G555&manufacture=Intel

MSI B75m ($65)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=75438&vpn=BX80623G555&manufacture=Intel

However, all of this comes with one HUGE caveat. An allied 350w PSU is what we call crap. It's not very good. As in, you should consider replacing it. Perhaps with something like this:

XFX Core 450 ($50, not including $10 rebate. As a consolation prize, comes with Dirt 3)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=63238&vpn=P1450SX2B9&manufacture=XFX

Unfortunately, replacing a PSU does, after all, cost more money.
    
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I would ditch the 6670 and replace the memory you have selected with this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231527

then later down the road when you have some more money, get a 7770 or 7850.
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PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Base Total: $367.94
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $337.94
post #6 of 9
I have to 2nd/3rd/4th etc. ditching the APU and going for a dedicated GPU(like a 7770) and cheaper Intel CPU if on a tight budget. And stick to NCIX and price match! Theyre pretty good for it, just make sure theyre not sale prices or after-MIR prices(instant rebate prices work). New PSU for sure, and 4gigs of RAM will work but Id get a single stick so you can get a second one later(may as well spend the extra $20 now though).
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Originally Posted by Tarun View Post

PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Base Total: $367.94
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $337.94

Single Channel memory is not ideal. Everything else looks ok. Surprised I missed the Hitachi myself. Actually, given you used price-picker, you might want to check ncix.com itself to see if that price is still current. Good chance it isn't.
    
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post #8 of 9

^ The above build is nice but the remaining Newegg.ca or Amazon.ca components should be switched to NCIX or Canadacomputers. Both have local stores in the Greater Toronto Area where OP can pick-up and not even have to worry about shipping or anything.

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Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

Single Channel memory is not ideal. Everything else looks ok. Surprised I missed the Hitachi myself. Actually, given you used price-picker, you might want to check ncix.com itself to see if that price is still current. Good chance it isn't.
oh m extremely sorry just replace the 1x8GB with 2x4GB it will just cost a dollar more or less thumb.gif
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