Hi all, I have just ordered up the following parts for Mrs Xaser and was just wondering, having not had a AMD system for a number of years , whether there is anything I need to watch out for when building and also what I should be aiming for OCing wise (I like to tinker). I had a strict budget of £300 which also needed to include the OS. Luckily I already had my Define R3, TT 675 PSU, 4GB DDR3, SSD and spare HD lying around from my previous desktop so I didn't need everything . The main requirements Mrs Xaser had were: - Decent (60FPS possible at medium settings) 1080p gaming performance in Source based games & Minecraft; - Good enough performance for more demanding games ad hoc (BF3, Dead Island etc)*; - Good overall performance for everyday tasks (Excel etc); - (Nice to have) Decent encoding performance for DVD ripping to NAS* *Anything too demanding will be played / run on my laptop. Knowing the budget and doing quite a lot of searching I ended up ordering the following: - Ahtlon X4 760K 3.8Ghz + turbo (Richland APU minus iGPU) - £60 - Asus A88ZX-A (FM2 with FM2+ support) - £55 - MSI HD7850 1GB - £120 - Windows 8.1 X64 - £70 Total spend - £305 Whilst not top end parts, I think this is a decent all round system. If I could have upped the budget to £350 I might have squeezed in a FX6300 & R7 270, but I simply did have the wiggle room. All of this will be coupled with the following: - Fractal Define R3 - Thermaltake Toughpower XT675w (slight overkill.... ) - Antec Kuhler 620 (if I can find the right mounting bracket - is it the same as AM3?) - 4GB DDR3 1600MT/s - Crucial C300 64GB boot drive - 80GB "Game" drive - all I have spare - again budget would not allow a bigger HD. It will suffice for now. - DVD-RW It will be an interesting build as I have not run / played with a AMD system for quite some time. I am curious as to how the Richland (A)CPU will peformance and what tinkering options there are. As far as I can tell it should perform on par with the A10-6800K and roughly in line with the FX-43xx series of CPU's. I will throw up some benchmarks if I get the chance. I will also compare it to my laptop which will act as a proxy for a "low end" Haswell i7 - it runs at up to 3.4Ghz quad core turbo with 8 threads).