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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by defscarlett, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. defscarlett

    defscarlett Thread Starter

    Feb 17, 2007
    I'm building a PC for my MIL, it will be my fourth build, I'm great at putting the pieces together, but suck at picking them out lol. Anyway this is a budget build primarily used for internet, email, facebook games, SIMS 3 and downloadable Pogo games, movies and photo storage. I found a DIY Combo on Newegg that I think will work pretty well, but am curious what your suggestions are to tweak a little. Everything listed came with the package except for the Media drive and OS. Total everything was $400

    AMD A6-5400K Trinity APU


    GSKILL Value 4GB DDR3 1333 RAM

    ROSEWILL P363-M-BK Case W/400W PS



    and I picked up Windows 8 64-bit for it

    I think I might need to pick up some better RAM, I'm thinking 8GB @ 1866. Do you think better RAM will make that discernible of a difference for her needs?

    Also thinking about an aftermarket heatsink/fan for the APU considering she lives in a city where it reguarly gets over 100 degrees in the summer... Any suggestions on a budget aftermark that will be better than stock?
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Power supply is mostly likely junk. Get a better unit. Generally most Rosewill hardware should be avoided as it can be anywhere from junk to good but you're never sure, but most of it falls into the cheap category.

    Also, BIOSTAR isn't one of the better manufacturers, not sure what BIOS is required to support that processor they just list it as compatible. You may want to look at an Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, or AsRock baord instead, here's one that lists that processor as supported by the original BIOS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157331
    It's also cheaper, better, and has better support to boot.

    Trinity APUs also love fast memory, especially for the integrated GPU. Move up to 1866Mhz DDR3 and save a dollar: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148499

    Here's a Thermaltake case with a 430 watt PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133185
    It's nothing special in term of case or the power supply, but I'd trust it more than a Rosewill unit.
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