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...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SDRAM (Memory): But Were Afraid to Ask

It started off as a simple enough memory review, but somewhere along the way we decided to dramatically expand the scope of our discussion and avoid the monotony...

45 by Rajinder Gill on 8/15/2010

Laptop Buyer's Guide: 14-inch and Smaller

In the second half of our Mobile Buyer's Guide, we focus on portable machines with screens smaller than 14". The market as a whole is getting a thorough overhaul...

79 by Vivek Gowri on 7/19/2010

Mobile Buyers' Guide: 14" and Larger Notebooks and DTRs

The back-to-school season is coming and refreshed product lines are already starting to appear on store shelves. Intel's dual-core Arrandale processors continue to dominate in terms of raw performance...

64 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/30/2010

System Buyer’s Guide: $1700 Performance Midrange

Many things have changed in the nine months since our last midrange system guide hit the press, some for the worse—a moment of silence, please, for the passing of...

101 by Mike Jones and Jarred Walton on 5/12/2010

Welcome to the 2010 AnandTech Beta

That old design lasted us a long time, didn't it? :) Welcome to the 2010 AnandTech Beta. We've done a lot of updating behind the scenes as...

277 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2010

System Buyers' Guide: PCs for Under $1000

Old system got you down in the dumps and you're tired of sinking more money into a black pit of despair? It's time to start fresh, and we've got...

87 by Sean Hollister on 2/12/2010

Mobile Buyers' Guide, December 2009

Looking for a laptop, netbook, or even a notebook this holiday season? We've put together our thoughts on the various price segments and have selected a few laptops worthy...

50 by Jarred Walton on 12/6/2009

System Buyers' Guide: $700 to $1700

We have some changes in our AMD recommendations as the Phenom II platform has matured. On the Intel side are a few small refinements while we wait for the...

72 by Wesley Fink on 7/27/2009

System Buyers Guide: PCs under $825

Entry, Budget, or HTPC - $825 can buy a lot more PC these days. It can even buy a decent gaming rig.

66 by Wesley Fink on 5/14/2009

Phenom II Buyers Guide: 955BE Edition

The new 3.2GHz 955BE is generating excitement for all PC buyers. We detail the latest Phenom II systems built for budget, best value, and top performance.

61 by Wesley Fink on 4/24/2009

Deal of the Weekend - AMD Phenom II X4 940, Kingston DDR3, and more stuff...

A short story for those looking to shop this weekend for a new processor, video card, or memory.

18 by Gary Key on 4/18/2009

System Buyers Guide: $800 to $1800

We assemble four systems geared for value and performance using AMD Phenom II, Intel Core 2, and Core i7 processors. The $800 to $1800 price range covers a lot...

74 by Wesley Fink on 4/7/2009

Video Card Buyer's Guide - Spring 2009

It's been since the holidays that we've done a GPU buyers guide. It never seems like the right time to do a new GPU buyers guide, as NVIDIA and...

93 by Derek Wilson on 3/30/2009

System Buyers Guide: PCs under $800

Entry, Bargain, or HTPC - $800 can buy a lot of PC these days.

67 by Wesley Fink on 3/16/2009

Phenom II System Buyers' Guide

Phenom II is generating new excitement for AMD Buyers. We look at Phenom II systems built for value, maximum overclocking, and top performance.

50 by Wesley Fink on 3/2/2009

Core i7 System Buyers Guide

Intel Core i7 is the only real high-end choice today. We take a closer look at Core i7 Systems built for value, maximum overclocking, and "go for the gold".

107 by Wesley Fink on 2/5/2009

System Buyers Guide: $1000 to $2000

With four systems geared for value and performance from AMD Phenom II to Intel Core i7, the $1000 to $2000 price range covers a lot of computer real estate.

78 by Wesley Fink on 1/12/2009

System Buyers Guide: PCs for Under $1000

Entry, Budget, or HTPC: $1000 can buy a lot of PC these days.

39 by Wesley Fink on 12/29/2008

Holiday Storage Guide

We take a look at our favorite hard disks and optical drives for the desktop.

24 by Gary Key on 12/19/2008

Holiday Pre-Built Systems Guide

There are a huge number of PC suppliers out there, and everyone has different needs when it comes to a desktop system. In this guide, provide our recommendations for...

21 by Matt Campbell on 12/19/2008

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