Value System Build

Started Aug 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Ron AKA
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Value System Build
Aug 10, 2013

I see lots of well informed discussion about a rather high end build. I would really appreciate some input on a more value oriented build. My current Intel E4300 overclocked CPU running XP at nearly 7 years of age is nearing end of useful life. My use is general desktop home applications, Open Office, Explorer, Google Chrome, Photoshop Elements, and probably in the future Lightroom 5. I currently can't run it on XP, and seeing some of the performance issues reported, probably the hardware is not up to it either. I will absolutely never see a game run on it, unless I do it for a test of stability. I will likely do a mild overclock, but nothing more than the minimum extra free performance for a no pain auto overclock selection. Nothing is cast in stone at this point, and I'm open to all suggestions (except a fire breathing, water cooled, flashing LED, gamer setup).

I will reuse my existing Sonata II case, and upgraded 550 watt power supply, SATA DVD (x2) drives. Backup remains with my WD MyBook 3T Live.

New stuff, common to all options

Monitor: Asus PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS

Data Drive: Seagate SSHD Hybrid drive, 1 TB

Boot Drive: Samsung SSD 128 GB 840 Pro

RAM: 16MB DDR-3 2133 Patriot Viper 3 Series, Black Mamba

$300 Option 1 - Integrated graphics processor

CPU: AMD A10-6800K

Motherboard: Asus F2A85-V Pro

$450 Option 2 - FX CPU & Dedicated Graphics

CPU: AMD FX-8350

Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0

Graphics: HIS Radeon HD 7770

$480 Option 3 - i5 & Dedicated graphics Processor

CPU: Intel i5-3570K

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

Graphics: HIS Radeon HD 7770

Prices are Canadian, and I'm sure are higher than in the US. So which option, and what changes? Was originally not going to do the SSD, but I've moved on that. Option 1 is cheapest and simplest, and I wonder if there is really any practical benefit in either of the two higher priced options give my intended use? I want it to last another 7 years, or more...

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