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The $300 basic pc

Postby Hammer_Time » Sat May 11, 2013 10:55 am

http://www.zdnet.com/building-a-sub-300 ... 231/#photo

I just got one of these for an older lady who only uses her computer for very basic stuff ( surfing and email and iTunes, that is it ) and we purchased Windows 7 for it so I installed and configured it for her.

The only difference is that the system we bought came with Gigabyte FM2 mobo, not MSi brand, and the hard drive was Seagate 1 TB 7200rpm 32 MB cache SATA hdd and the memory was a single stick of 4 GB DDR-3 1333 Mhz, not 2 x 2 GB ( Tower came prebuilt for $300 from CanadaComputers )

This is the system:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=058137

The case is surprisingly nice for being a cheap tower...comes with cheap 350 Watt psu... I forget the brand name right now ( obviously it is a cheap brand ) but she has had the system running for a month now with no issues whatsoever, so far so good...

Add $100 for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM System Builder edition.

I was pleasantly surprised how fast this thing is ( for basic stuff, not media transcoding or any serious professional application usage of course ). It boots up fast ( for hdd that is ) and surfing is quite brisk too...

She does not game at all , but just for fun I installed Far Cry 2 to see how the APU would handle it, and it handled it nicely indeed! I was able to game smoothly with Medium settings at 1280x720 ( the max resolution of her old 17 inch LCD monitor - portrait, not widescreen design ). Considering that this is integrated graphics in the APU I was surprised it would do Medium settings instead of Low tbh... not too shabby... of course the APU will help accelerate youtube videos , about the only use it will get by her lol...

Anyways, I highly recommend a system like this for anyone considering a cheap build for basic needs, it makes a great HTPC as well...all things considered. AMD rocks here!! ( for what it is designed for, basic usage ). It is a low power 65-Watt TDP cpu as well, which is impressive considering the APU graphics in the thing...nice job here Daamit!! 8) :D

AMD's A4-5300 Trinity APU. This is a 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz when in Turbo mode – dual-core part which also comes equipped with a DirectX 11-enabled Radeon HD 7480D.


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Re: The $300 basic pc

Postby DIREWOLF75 » Sat May 11, 2013 12:54 pm

Considering that this is integrated graphics in the APU I was surprised it would do Medium settings instead of Low tbh...

Impressive yes.
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Re: The $300 basic pc

Postby Sauron_Daz » Sun May 12, 2013 2:40 am

I have some hopes for the Steamroller cores.
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Re: The $300 basic pc

Postby DIREWOLF75 » Sun May 12, 2013 3:30 pm

Sauron_Daz wrote:I have some hopes for the Steamroller cores.

Definitely hoping they take care of the problems.
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Re: The $300 basic pc

Postby clone » Sun May 12, 2013 8:44 pm

this is another example why I routinely claim hardware has surpassed software so often, it's hard to find a compelling reason to buy an Intel or AMD cpu for more than $200.00... their just aren't that many reasons to allocate more to the cpu budget..... especially when that additional coin could be used for an SSD or gfx as needed.

if a consumer spends $150 on a cpu like a 6 core AMD or comparable / faster intel and then allocates the remaining coin to storage (SSD) you'll have a faster running system in almost.... almost every way.

today you can go out and get a "wimpy" A6 dual core cpu for next to nothing that can do so much more than just "basic computing", the dual core revolution really brought computing power into the mainstream.

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Re: The $300 basic pc

Postby Hammer_Time » Sun May 12, 2013 10:02 pm

Yep, unless you are a real "power" user ( doing tasks beyond the ordinary common desktop usage, using professional applications etc. ) there is no need to have a cpu costing more than $200 to $300 ( at most ) from either AMD or Intel these days... as Clone said, the money is better spent on a fast SSD ( and/or better graphics card if you are a gamer or can use gpgpu features etc. ) to make the thing really sing...
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Re: The $300 basic pc

Postby Sauron_Daz » Mon May 13, 2013 1:33 am

clone wrote:this is kinda why hardware has surpassed software by so much, it's hard to find a compelling reason to buy even an Intel cpu for more than $200.00... their just aren't that many reasons to allocate more to the cpu budget..... especially when that additional coin could be used for an SSD.

say spend $150 on a cpu like a 6 core AMD or comparable / faster intel and then allocate the coin to SSD and you'll have a faster running system in almost.... almost every way.


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