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Hey guys! I am building another computer to replace my HP Pavilion m8530f that is now crashing 24/7. I tried formatting and reinstalling windows with new drivers but the crashes continued, so it's got to be hardware failure. I think it is my HDD (showing spin up failure in HD tune), but I don't know if it is anything else too.

I'll get a new HDD and Ram, but what about using my current PSU? I bought it to replace the one that came with my old pc. I would like to use it in my new PC but as I said before I don't know what else besides my hard drive is causing these crashes.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341001


This new PC is for basic office use, and for gaming on low-med settings. Ideally I want to stick to as close as $300 as I can, but if I can't recycle any of my parts I guess $400 is my new budget.

Here's what I got so far:
CPU: AMD A10-5800K $117
Mobo: ?
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin $24.99
PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W (using the one from my HP if that is possible?)
Case: ?
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD7500AZEX 750GB 7200 RPM $70
ODD: SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology (using the one from my old pc if that is possible?)

I'm still deciding if I want to do a micro atx mid tower, mini tower or a regular atx mid tower. I am certain I won't be adding anything more to the drive, so it doesn't need to be that big. And this build shouldn't be generating a lot of heat, so can I get away with using a micro atx?

On a side note, do I need 4 or 8 gigs of ram for my build? I read somewhere that I need faster ram for better performance with the apu, but I dont know if more would increase performance as well.

Thank you guys! biggrin.gif
Edited by apav - 1/19/13 at 3:42pm
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Try this out for RAM and mobo..

Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148560

GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-D3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128577
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Try this out for RAM and mobo..

Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148560

GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-D3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128577

Nice, going to grab that RAM. I use 1600 on my other pc, but I had to set it into 1600 in the BIOS (from 1333). Should this run at DDR3 1866 right out of the box? I'm pretty sure that for these APU's speed actually matters.

Any advice on whether or not I should get a micro atx or mid tower?
Edited by apav - 1/19/13 at 4:24pm
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Nice, going to grab that RAM. I use 1600 on my other pc, but I had to set it into 1600 in the BIOS (from 1333). Should this run at DDR3 1866 right out of the box? I'm pretty sure that for these APU's speed actually matters.

Any advice on whether or not I should get a micro atx or mid tower?

Well since it's AMD it wont have an XMP profile for the RAM. I usually just set the RAM to its rated specs in BIOS manually. Also that RAM could probably go 2133MHz with looser timings or a voltage bump.

As far as mATX or mid tower, that's entirely up to you. The motherboard I linked requires a case that can fit a standard ATX. There are some good mATX FM2 boards out there.
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If you pair the A10 with a single DIMM 4GB of RAM, you will only be experiencing 50% of the full performance of the A10 APU and should just get an A4-5300 instead. A10 APUs require dual channel memory (preferably at 1866Mhz) for no bottlenecks. Last I checked, a 2x2GB DDR3-1866 kit can be had for $20 - so less price.

 

Do a Micro ATX case and go small form factor to save costs and space.

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If you pair the A10 with a single DIMM 4GB of RAM, you will only be experiencing 50% of the full performance of the A10 APU and should just get an A4-5300 instead. A10 APUs require dual channel memory (preferably at 1866Mhz) for no bottlenecks. Last I checked, a 2x2GB DDR3-1866 kit can be had for $20 - so less price.

Do a Micro ATX case and go small form factor to save costs and space.

Micro ATX mid tower right? And im considering paying a little extra for a 6670 to crossfire it with. Does the performance gain merit the cost? I used to have 2 6950's in crossfire with my main rig. The performance gain varied from game to game, and the micro stutter was a headache, so I upgraded. As I understand it, it's a hybrid crossfire with the apu right? Does that make it any different from regular crossfire?
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Micro ATX mid tower right? And im considering paying a little extra for a 6670 to crossfire it with. Does the performance gain merit the cost? I used to have 2 6950's in crossfire with my main rig. The performance gain varied from game to game, and the micro stutter was a headache, so I upgraded. As I understand it, it's a hybrid crossfire with the apu right? Does that make it any different from regular crossfire?

The hybrid crossfire is decent. I mean it's better than just a 6670 and better than just the APU. So it works. The trouble is for the $80 you spend on a GDDR5 6670 (which I would recommend over the DDR3) your performance will not even be close to the 7770 which is usually only $100-$120.
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