With yesterday's launch of AMD's 65W Kaveri APUs, it seemed a good time to give some recommendations for new system builds. We're starting out at the budget end of the spectrum, however, and pricing/availability on Kaveri generally rules it out. We'll keep things short and look at two builds, one AMD and one Intel. Outside of the CPU/APU and motherboard, parts are generally interchangeable. Budget AMD System Component Description Price CPU AMD A6-6400K (2x3.9GHz, 1MB, 65W, 32nm) $65 Motherboard MSI A88X-G41 $73 RAM Team Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133 CL10 $71 Storage Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB $55 SSD SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 128GB $60 Case NZXT Source 210 S210-001 $40 Power Supply Seasonic SS-300ET 300W 80 Plus Bronze $38 Total (without OS) $402 The Kaveri APUs provide a decent blend of general and gaming performance, but finding one priced reasonably for a budget system is still a bit difficult (depending on...

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