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Build Advice New System for Mrs Xaser

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by xaser04, 3 Jan 2014.

  1. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

    27 Jun 2008
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    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 :eeek:.

    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.... :D)
    - 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).

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