Administrator madd-hatter Posted April 14, 2012 Administrator Report Share Posted April 14, 2012 This time I'm looking to assemble a desktop for one of my friend's mothers. I'm unaware of the budget at this moment but I assume it's well under $1000, probably closer to the $300-$700 range, but I'm not sure. I've been reading about AMD's newer "APU" processor chips that have built-in GPU's. I like what I've been reading, they seem to have numerous benefits, and I'm thinking about starting there. High-end gaming isn't likely to be a priority and I'm going to focus on web and flash performance, with additional benefits. I need to speak with her more about it to get a good idea of the budget and the focus but these are my initial thoughts: Casing and cooling: Case: She'll choose a mid-sized ATX or smaller case Power Supply: Heatsick/Fan: optional mobo & components: Motherboard: ASUS F1A75-M Pro. Micro ATX, FM1 socket. HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports onboard. Processor: AMD's A8-3870K APU chip. Quad-core 3.0GHz with Radeon HD 6550. FM1 socket. GFX Card: Optional Radeon HD 6xxx future upgrade RAM: HDD, SSD: SSD: Undecided HDD: Undecided Drive Bays: CD/DVD: ASUS CD/DVD drive With my current thought's, the mobo, CPU, GPU, and DVD drive are covered for $250, with the bonus of a lifetime registered Malwarebytes account. Leaving just the case, power supply, ram, and storage to be decided and possibly a Radeon HD 6xxx card for some GPU crossfire performance boost. Her son should be able to acquire Win 7 pro for free from his alma mater. Any thoughts, ideas, or shared experience is welcome! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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