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So for my Christmas present for my brother, I will be building him a desktop. Right now he is using a decade old laptop that is possibly the worst computer I've ever used. I'm picking the parts and all, my mom is paying, then I'm assembling. He'll mostly be using it for: Office (he's a college student), music (streaming, ripping/burning CDs), and some video editing, as well as possibly some very light gaming.

So far, this is what I've picked out (my mom's budget is a flexible $400):

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46

CPU: AMD A8-3870K

PSU: Antec 550W Continuous Power

Storage: WD Blue 500GB 7200 RPM

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600 DDR3

Chassis: ZALMAN Z9

Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST

Total: $401.93 (Shipping not included)

So, please review what I have. I love constructive criticism, so tell me if you'd do something different or if there are better deals, etc.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 13
First of all, the motherboard doesnt fit your CPU.

Second of all, isnt it a little late for XMas?

Third of all, everything else seems good.
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Your PSU is not on the list if you can find a better one from the list

http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

Just find the cheapest PSU

And last where is the video card?

Or you dont need one?
Edited by shilka - 12/25/12 at 1:44pm
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post #4 of 13
Found 2 matching mobo for you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135325

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131879

The second one is rock solid I think, the first one Im not sure, but it half the price after rebate.
Edited by TheLAWNOOB - 12/25/12 at 1:47pm
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Your PSU is not on the list if you can find a better one from the list
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies
Just find the cheapest PSU
And last where is the video card?
Or you dont need one?

The CPU has integrated graphics that are sufficient.
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Found 2 matching mobo for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135325
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131879
The second one is rock solid I think, the first one Im not sure, but it half the price after rebate.

That second one looks good.

So if I just change the mobo to that, the rest is all good?
post #6 of 13
If you can squeeze another few bucks, I'd really recommend getting an A8-5500 or A8-5600K instead. Performance should be better on those in every aspect, especially if you overclock them (which works on even the stock cooler, to some degree)
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The CPU has integrated graphics that are sufficient.
That second one looks good.
So if I just change the mobo to that, the rest is all good?

No you forgot about the PSU
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post #8 of 13

I recommend you start over. You can get new-generation APU parts at the same price.

For an APU, you do not need a PSU "on that list". The power consumption is so low that it's barely going to matter. Just don't get a mediocre unit.

 

Here's one with a last gen A8 for a near $150 savings:

AMD A8-3870k + A55 board - $110 shipped [NCIX US]

Kingston HyperX Black 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $29 shipped [NCIX US]

WD Caviar Blue 1TB HDD - $70 shipped [NCIX]

Apex DM-317 SFF case + PSU - $45 shipped [NCIX US] - I do not believe there is a need for anything larger than a small-form-factor case. It is most appropriate for a minimal-purpose, no-dedicated-GPU-needed PC.

24X DVD-Rw - $16 shipped - if you spend more than $20 shipped on a DVD drive, you're being ripped off.

$270 shipped - $140 saved considering shipping costs

 

But since you have the cash, I recommend the premiums for a newer-generation Socket FM2 APU

 

Here's one with a last gen A8 for a near $150 savings:

AMD A10-5800k - $110 shipped [NCIX US]

MSI FM2-A55M-E33 - $50 shipped [NCIX US]

Kingston HyperX Black 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $29 shipped [NCIX US]

WD Caviar Blue 1TB HDD - $70 shipped [NCIX]

Apex DM-317 SFF case + PSU - $45 shipped [NCIX US] - I do not believe there is a need for anything larger than a small-form-factor case. It is most appropriate for a minimal-purpose, no-dedicated-GPU-needed PC.

24X DVD-Rw - $16 shipped - if you spend more than $20 shipped on a DVD drive, you're being ripped off.

$320 shipped - $90 saved considering shipping costs


Edited by xd_1771 - 12/25/12 at 2:35pm
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I recommend you start over. You can get new-generation APU parts at the same price.

There goes my carefully picked mobos...
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post #10 of 13

Sorry about that. I just updated my post above with new suggestions. He could save close to $100 and go FM2 A10 or close to $150 with A8 APU with no performance or longevity compromise, and both configs with 2x the hard drive space.


Edited by xd_1771 - 12/25/12 at 2:35pm
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