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Old January 11, 2014, 04:08 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Decent gaming (skyrim, battlefield 4 and many of the upcoming games most are on the high end), streaming, editing, recording and school work (nothing intense). Fast loading would be nice, but not in any need for it for me.I will be needing multitasking while running a lot of things. I'd be playing games, recording, and running Skype, or some music with editing and school work going on all at once. Main thing needed from this computer is it needs to be up-gradable which means once I get money I can upgrade certain parts with worrying too much whether it can handle the change and have it work for years so durability is important.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

Budget is around $600-$630ish including tax and shipping and what ever warranties I can get. Upgrades for the future are not included in budget.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

I'm buying from the U.S.A

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

I'm not really a fanboy of any kind, but I guess I'd prefer AMD since it is usually cheaper, but Intel is fine as well.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

I'm only reusing my mouse and keyboard. I have nothing else to reuse

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

I haven't searched related threads due to being new and just need some opinion on my choices

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

I'll be running at default speeds, I'm not overclocking

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

No parts have been bought, I plan on physically building the system in the summer and will probably buy the parts at the start of the summer.

9. What resolution and settings do you use?

I'd like to play in high or medium gaming in 1920x1080 resolution (might get double or triple monitors , but the 2nd and 3rd ones will be for extra stuff not gaming) and Anti-Aliasing will be off and the technology isn't important to me really.

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?

The case I want to use in this build is the Zalman zm-z9 u3 or Enermax Ostrog if someone could find a black or white case with similar features and blue LED or coloring feel free to suggest.

Motherboard must be up-gradable can be Micro ATX or ATX and support USB 3.0 if case support (zalman zm-z9 u3 and Enermax Ostrog have 2 usb 3.0 ports and 2 usb 2.0)

An SSD can be started off with for the first few weeks or days if it can be fitted into budget, then after the first few weeks or days I'll buy a larger capacity HDD

A silent computer would be really helpful, but if not in budget it's fine just tell me what case fans to replace that are silent with blue LED when I upgrade stuff.

I need and optical drive

I need a monitor, if not in budget I'll get to looking around for some monitors.

WiFi would be nice to include, but if not possible suggest some ethernet cable extenders or something

Windows 7

If a CPU and GPU can't be included feel free to include a APU but it must fit the CPU requirements

High watt PSU so I can upgrade GPU or anything to something like a 7970 or some gtx 760 (as examples)

Front panel must have at least one USB 3.0 or something similar to the Zalman zm-z9 u3 and Enermax Ostrog

I just want to be able to upgrade this cheap computer into a blue beast

As extra stuff I want the inside to be blue for the future so upgrades should be bluish or black

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My build ideas I need opinion on them

Build 1:
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 or Enermax Ostrog $54.99
CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $104.99
MoBo: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard $59.99
Memory:Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $45.78
Storage:Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $74.99
GPU:No GPU since APU is included in this one
PSU: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99
Optical Drive:Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99
OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $82.99
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor $110.74

Total Cost: $621.45 (1/11/14)

Build 2:
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 or Enermax Ostrog $54.99
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core $109.99
MoBo: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ $44.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 $43.46
Storage:Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $74.99
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB $84.99
PSU: EVGA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $71.99
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $16.98
OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $82.99
Monitor: No monitor

Total cost: $590.37 (1/11/14)

Thanks for reading through this whole long post, please post what you think I should change or what you would recommend or even a whole new build.

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Old January 11, 2014, 05:04 PM
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Go with the FX-6300 build but up the RAM to 8GB. 4GB is barely enough to run Windows with some applications but if you game and edit stuff, you should get go with 2x4GB. For mATX, I don't really know the difference between a 760G chipset and a 880 chipset but those are the only options you have from Newegg. ASRock got the 880 chipset.

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Old January 11, 2014, 06:29 PM
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The ram is temporary as well it'll probably be second thing I upgrade after the larger hard drive, I think Windows will run decently with 4gb cause my current laptop run alright with 4gb memory
I'll look into more motherboards since I'm a bit uncertain of the efficiency of the one I included it has gotten mixed reviews on newegg so i'm a bit afraid if it's gunna work well for long.

thanks for read it though
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Old January 11, 2014, 09:00 PM
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Might want to wait until Tuesday(IIRC) for the Kaveri APU reviews(and pricing). You can however look up the cost of FM2+ Mobos now.
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Old January 12, 2014, 12:12 AM
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Might want to wait until Tuesday(IIRC) for the Kaveri APU reviews(and pricing). You can however look up the cost of FM2+ Mobos now.
Not a bad idea! Kaveri use Steamroller core which is 1 generation newer than FX-6300 (Piledriver). However, you may bust your budget a bit.

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Old January 12, 2014, 07:16 AM
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About how much do you think it would go over? If it's not too much I will include, plus already found a fm2+ MoBo for same price as the one I included so only price change would be change in APU so it should be possible to get it and not go way over budget
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Old January 12, 2014, 10:05 AM
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Rumours I've seen suggest 180-190 for the top end Kaveri.
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Old January 12, 2014, 10:17 AM
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If so I can work that out a bit and go slightly over budget or could I just have an FM2/FM2+ MoBo and keep the APU I chose and have the upgrade option there if I choose to upgrade it.

Also just found this article with some useful info. includes prices and specs of the kaveri and some extra stuff coming out AMD Kaveri A10-7850K Overclocked To 4.5 GHz and Benchmarked Against A10-5800K

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Old January 12, 2014, 11:07 AM
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If you're not in a hurry, just wait for the reviews to come in first and wait for it to be available in Feb. I don't think it will be a lot more than the current offering of the same model. Another option is not go with APU but use the FM2+ Athlon. AMD is basically letting AM3+ socket die and my upgrade path is dead.
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Old January 14, 2014, 04:36 PM
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So should I go with a FM2 MoBo and the a10 5800 or get a FM2/FM2+ MoBo and have the option to upgrade?
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