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Hey guys, boss has given me a small sum to build a new machine for his office. This will be mostly for basic office productivity, internet surfing, and maybe a little AutoCAD. Main goals here are price, reliability, responsiveness (if not necessarily raw, blistering performance), and portability in that order.

What I've put together so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($33.76 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $395.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 22:29 EST-0500)

Notes/Concerns:
  • This will be a completely stock, no OC build.
  • Picked the v4 over the m4 because the motherboard is limited to SATA II. If you know of any other good budget, reliable SATA II SSDs for a similar/lower price, by all means let me know.
  • I know that the APUs are very memory bandwidth-hungry, will 1866 significantly starve an A4?
  • Soft budget ceiling is $425, hard ceiling is $450.
  • I realize the CX isn't the best supply ever, but it's the cheapest semi-reliable modular that I can find.
  • Recycling an old DVD burner from an old build, so I don't need one of those.

If you have any other suggestions other than addressing the main Qs I have above, feel free to chime in, as well. As always, thanks for your help. smile.gif
Edited by PiOfPie - 2/26/13 at 7:47pm
Claire
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Die "Neue" FXe
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
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Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Here is my proposed rig. Used many parts from your build, but with some parts that I would suggest for quality reasons. I like ASUS, have not had any problems with them. My first RMA was with ASRock, when the board worked it worked great, but I just have a bad taste in my mouth about them. The Samsung 840 is a great and reliable SSD. And you will be much happier with 8GB of RAM, more multitasking power. Also, the RAM that I picked is on the compatibility list for the MoBo so no worries there. It is also under your $450 firm limit.

PC Part Picker List: Total Cost is $432.82
The changes,

Samsung 840 128GB SSD
ASUS F2A55-M LK PLUS Mobo
G. SKILL Ripjaw X Series 8GB(2x4GB) 1866

Cheers.
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8gb of ram is the sweet spot. If you can try and get an 8gb kit rather than 4gb. Autocad will apreciate it. Other than that it seems to be goos for what it's gonna be used for.
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