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My wife is getting more into gaming and I am looking to re-use some of my old parts from a recent upgrade. This will span a few forum sections here. My intent is to build a dual purpose rig that can be swapped back and forth with some BIOS tweaks and hard drive swaps. It will operate as a NAS system (going to try freeNAS) most of the time so that I have reliable access to some of my work files anywhere I go. I will be sharing those files with several of my co-workers once I get the kinks worked out. Additionally, when I drop in a graphics card and swap to a hard-drive with an old copy of Windows 7 pro I have, then it can be used by my wife when we want to play Diablo 3 or WoW together.

Here are the parts I will be recycling:
HIS HD 4890
1680x1050 monitor
2x 2GB sticks from an old triple-channel kit I replaced (if you suggest a mobo with more than 2 slots, advise weather 2x2GB in dual channel or 3x2GB in single channel will be better)
Keyboard and mouse

The parts I need suggestions for include:
Case (as small as possible for easy portability, but still can hold the graphics card and several hard drives)
FM2 motherboard
Trinity APU (leaning towards the A8 right now)
power supply (maximum efficiency, prefer 80plus platinum)
a basic hard-drive

My budget for these parts (including the APU) is about $300. I don't plan on doing any overclocking, since I doubt the CPU will be bottlenecked. If my wife gets really into the computer hardware aspect, she can build a new system a year or two down the road. Future upgrades I have planned will include a decent SSD and extra hard drives to expand the NAS to store our music and movies. I can go a little over $300, but not by much.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 ASUS ROG STRIX OC GTX 1080 ti G. Skill Ripjaws 4 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular Thermaltake Core X9 stacked 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
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i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 ASUS ROG STRIX OC GTX 1080 ti G. Skill Ripjaws 4 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular Thermaltake Core X9 stacked 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
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post #2 of 3
Your old 4890 is going to be more powerful than any APU's integrated graphics. Why does this matter? Well you can get a more powerful processor instead of the APU, for about the same price, without sacrificing graphics performance (since either way you're going to be using the 4890, not integrated graphics).

So I'd caution away from the APUs (and thus the FM2 motherboards). After setting on that, the question really becomes whether you find a cheap Phenom II x4 or get an i3 from Intel. Here's what I'd recommend:

Phenom II x4 965 ($90) (the i3-3220 is a better processor, but it is $20 more, probably $30 more when you take mobo into consideration)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965FBGMBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1285

Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 ($60)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75286&vpn=GA%2D78LMT%2DUSB3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1285

Not sure on case, sorry.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
G850 ASRock H61M-GS MSI Twin Frozr 650ti Patriot 2x2GB 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerMouse
Barracuda 500GB HR-02 Macho Rosewill Green 430 Mionix Naos 3200 
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G850 ASRock H61M-GS MSI Twin Frozr 650ti Patriot 2x2GB 
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The reason I was leaning toward APU was actually so that I could use it for watching movies on my big screen when the graphics card isn't in it. Also, I haven't had an AMD processor in close to half a decade, this seemed a good opportunity to get re-familiarized without some of the current AMD drawbacks on a gaming rig. The rig will probably be used to experiment in HTPC as well.

Something I didn't mention before is I'm trying to maximize efficiency whenever not gaming (thus the APU for movies/NAS and the high-efficiency power supply).
Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 ASUS ROG STRIX OC GTX 1080 ti G. Skill Ripjaws 4 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular Thermaltake Core X9 stacked 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
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Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 ASUS ROG STRIX OC GTX 1080 ti G. Skill Ripjaws 4 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular Thermaltake Core X9 stacked 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
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