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Ram memory for APU, the faster is better.
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Where do you get a That board for only $20 bucks
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post #13 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LatinLover View Post

Ram memory for APU, the faster is better.

So 1866 would be a noticeable increase from 1600? Is 4GB still fine?
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Where do you get a That board for only $20 bucks

Microcenter, where I work. One of our most well known discounts are our processor+motherboard bundle discounts. They just updated it so the processor I bought isn't on there anymore, but depending on the processor you buy, you can get $20-$50 off the motherboard you buy with it. In my case, it was $30 off, plus $10 instant savings (since the motherboard was on sale).

Highlighted the motherboard I got in the bottom right corner. (right click on image, open link in new tab)


and this is the Intel side:


not advertising, but you asked, so I just wanted to inform you smile.gif
post #14 of 19
When it comes to APU, RAM speed is crucial. No pun intended.
That being said, 1866 would make a noticeable difference over 1600. Go for 1866.
    
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post #15 of 19
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When it comes to APU, RAM speed is crucial. No pun intended.
That being said, 1866 would make a noticeable difference over 1600. Go for 1866.

Sadly, we're very limited and a little overpriced for any RAM above 1600.
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966965+4294941830&cat=0013%3C%3E%3C%3EDDR3-1866-%3a-Desktop-Memory%2fRAM-%3a-Computer-Memory-%3a-Computer-Parts-%3a-Micro-Center

I may just buy some cheap Ram today, order something off Newegg, and swap out the old RAM and return it.

I'll either get this or this. I'm only considering the latter because that's pretty cheap for 8GB 2133 memory, but she doesn't need 8GB. The first one is cheap and by "plug in play" I hope it means that it's 1866 right when you plug it in and boot it up, no overclocking needed.

What do you think?
post #16 of 19
AMD only really fits into the budget range if you're after overall performance, for $100 you can encode videos faster with AMD than what Intel has to offer, but Photoshop and programs that are usually bound to one or two threads max will run better on any low-range Intel.

A fairly decent chip is the G1610, it's around 50% faster than the E6550, but only costs $50 at newegg. You could probably grab a nice motherboard and ram too, and be under $200. If you're looking to spend the full $400 then I'd recommend spending around $200 on the CPU, then $150 on the Mobo/Ram assuming you already have the case and psu. At the $200 price range for a CPU, i5s are generally the best but AMD has a nice chip for $150, the 6800K. You could buy that and an extra hard drive for her.
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Originally Posted by apav View Post

Sadly, we're very limited and a little overpriced for any RAM above 1600.
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966965+4294941830&cat=0013%3C%3E%3C%3EDDR3-1866-%3a-Desktop-Memory%2fRAM-%3a-Computer-Memory-%3a-Computer-Parts-%3a-Micro-Center

I may just buy some cheap Ram today, order something off Newegg, and swap out the old RAM and return it.

I'll either get this or this. I'm only considering the latter because that's pretty cheap for 8GB 2133 memory, but she doesn't need 8GB. The first one is cheap and by "plug in play" I hope it means that it's 1866 right when you plug it in and boot it up, no overclocking needed.

What do you think?
I think I'd be leaning towards the latter as well. It comes in at $70 for 8gb of 2133 ram. That's a great buy. I'd choose that one over the first. However, I'd get some more opinions other than mine. I'm certainly no expert. thumb.gif
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I wouldnt worry about DDR3 1600 vs 1866 too much since she's it doesn't sound like she's going to be make heavy use of the GPU anyway.
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I wouldnt worry about DDR3 1600 vs 1866 too much since she's it doesn't sound like she's going to be make heavy use of the GPU anyway.
This. I previously said take the faster ram, but since she's going to be using the system for light use, I'd go with the cheaper 1600 ram.
    
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