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...

Price Guides - July 2005: More 64-bit CPUs

Socket 939 Opterons, 64-bit Pentium 4s, 64-bit Semprons, and a low budget dual core Athlon 64 very soon! Come one, come all, CPU details this week inside!

26 by Derek Wilson & Manveer Wasson on 7/23/2005

Entry Level Buyer’s Guide, July 2005

We have updated recommendations for the budget sector in this Buyer’s Guide.

57 by Jarred Walton on 7/20/2005

Price Guides, July 2005: Storage

More SATA IO drives, SAS previews and big deals on old PATA hardware. Read on for more...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Manveer Wasson on 7/10/2005

Price Guides, June 2005: Video Cards

What better time to have a video card price guide than just a few days after NVIDIA launched their new graphics generation. We have the low down on...

18 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/26/2005

Price Guides June 2005: Motherboards

What dad wouldn't want a new motherboard for Father's Day? New Intel chipsets plus details on ATI's Crossfire inside. Socket 754 motherboards have bottomed out, and nForce4 prices are...

12 by Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on 6/19/2005

Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range to High-End, May 2005

Our latest Buyer's Guide takes a look at the moderate to extreme price and performance segments, starting at around $1500. For those who aren't looking to build a...

60 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2005

Price Guides, May 2005: Processors

Inside this week's edition: dual core AMD chips, second generation 90nm Athlon 64s, 64-bit Intel processors, and some details on Intel's upcoming release schedule.

23 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/22/2005

Price Guides, May 2005: Storage

SATA II drives are available now, and they are competitive. How does SATA versus PATA stack up this month? Details inside!

16 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/8/2005

Price Guides, April 2005: Video Cards

Did you get a fat IRS refund? Isn't an X800 XL the best $300 gift that you could give yourself?

41 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/23/2005

Price Guides April 2005: Motherboards

nForce4 for Intel isn't shipping yet, and probably for good reason. Also, we look at nForce4 on Socket 754. Intel 945 and 955 boards ship real soon - is...

22 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/10/2005

Price Guides March 2005: Processors

Intel has six new processors since our last look at their lineup, and AMD counters by introducing a new Mobility initiative.

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/27/2005

Buyer's Guide - Entry Level to Mid-Range, March 2005

After several months of stasis, there are finally some noteworthy changes in our budget PC recommendations. We cover the recommendations from the basic PCs up through moderate...

59 by Jarred Walton on 3/15/2005

Price Guides, March 2005: Storage

This week, we found some great deals on Raptors, 7200.8s and MaXLines as well.

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/7/2005

Price Guides, February 2005: Video Cards

Now you can buy Radeon X800XL, but does it make sense? We have picks for high low and mid-range across the board in this week's price guide.

33 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/19/2005

Price Guides, February 2005: Motherboards

Are you ready for PCIe on Athlon 64 motherboards?

21 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/12/2005

Beating the System: The AnandTech Guide to Economic Upgrading

Does upgrading often seem like a lot of guesswork? In this article, we plan to show you how to build a working pricing model to determine the best...

50 by Kristopher Kubicki & Jarred Walton on 1/30/2005

Price Guides - January 2005: CPUs Galore

nForce4 boards look very tempting. Do you have a CPU picked out already? We take a look at trends and deals in this week's edition of the price guides.

9 by Vinney Shimpi on 1/23/2005

Buyer's Guide - Mid-Range, January 2005

Are you ready to finally upgrade to a PCI Express Athlon 64? You may want to check out our latest Guide, as we cover this topic along with...

46 by Jarred Walton on 1/21/2005

Buyer's Guide - Entry Level, January 2005

We return to the budget computing sector with our Guides and a look at what has - and hasn't - changed since the last Budget...

31 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2005

Video Cards Price Guide: Demystifying December Edition

Check out some the new Price Engine announcement and then browse our video card choices for this week.

24 by Kristopher Kubicki on 12/5/2004

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