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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41 by E. Fylladitakis on 7/8/2014

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77 by E. Fylladitakis on 2/28/2014

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29 by E. Fylladitakis on 10/25/2013

Sea Sonic and Corsair Power Supplies Certified for Haswell

The Haswell launch gets just a little more complicated each day, with the latest wrinkle being that standard ATX power supplies that conform to the ATX 2.3 standard may...

23 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/14/2013

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We've recently tested the first 80 Plus Platinum PSUs to hit our labs, courtesy of Seasonic and Enermax. Both were good if expensive PSUs, and next up on the...

29 by Martin Kaffei on 3/1/2012

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68 by Martin Kaffei on 2/24/2012

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5 by Martin Kaffei on 1/26/2012

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W & 910W

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19 by Martin Kaffei on 8/2/2011

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47 by Martin Kaffei on 3/22/2011

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Seasonic has a well-deserved reputation for building quality power supplies, with semi-passive cooling models delivering near-silent operation. Now they're launching their first fanless series, the "X-series Fanless", for users...

39 by Martin Kaffei on 10/20/2010

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Seasonic was kind enough to send us a PSU in for our expanding list of testbeds. They shipped us their latest member of the M12 II line: a 620W...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/2/2010

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38 by Martin Kaffei on 4/13/2010

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