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
AMD A6-6400K (2x3.9GHz, 1MB, 65W, 32nm)
Team Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133 CL10
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB
SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 128GB
NZXT Source 210 S210-001
Seasonic SS-300ET 300W 80 Plus Bronze
Total (without OS)
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