Built for my brother-in-law. Now he doesn't want it (financial reason). I guess I have to sell via ebay vs Craigslist.
My brother wants me to build a system for him (non-gaming)but I wanted him to have the potential to drop in any card in the future so we can play online. Over the course of a few hours I came up with a few part lists until I came to what I believe is the best mixture. Here, take a look. My first was an APU build kind of like yours. The target price was around $500-$600, lower being better.
Try this build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Bartmanicus/saved/2nIn
I think it might be better for his needs. It uses a future-proof CPU, reliable part's and has an SSD. The things he will notice most is CPU speed and Read speeds, so this build is strong in those categories. It only runs integrated graphics but the new Haswell graphics are plenty powerful for what he will be doing. Plus it's in the oh so pretty 200r
EDIT: I chose the motherboard and ram because they are both very reliable, a broken computer isn't a computer at all!
My bro-in-law needed a new home PC. Normal/average household use, but I didn't want him to buy a crappy dell or sony or other premade name-brand pc with low quality parts. I figured for the same cost as a crappy name-brand, I could put in higher quality parts. (This website lists higher prices than what I purchased the components for, so it wouldn't have been $700 for my bro-in-law.) I recognize that much of this was overkill for normal household use, but it would help make the PC last for a few years at a cost comparable to a premade name-brand one.
I wouldn't say that this is overkill, it's actually really well done for a daily user. If this were to be used for gaming I would have gotten some faster RAM, but this is just fine. You might list the prices you actually paid!
Thanks for the good comments Skemble. As indicated in a comment below, the total price of the PC came out to about $340.
That's a steal then! Damn good for that price tag!
The OS killed the price .
If only for daily stuff like bills news video emails and built around a apu build , I would have:
Cheaper motherboard - most microATX are in the 50-70 range .
Dropped those fans , that's like 52 listed and got one 20 dollar apu cooler .
Wins7 home premium for 89 . If not Ubuntu or other free OS .
Anything left over would have went into faster ram and more hhd space .
But like you said the prices are higher then what you paid for .
ubuntu is great for us nerds, not everyone wants linux
Is this what you actually paid for this? Not to be a **** but you could have done much better for that price.
It's not necessarily bad. You can't assume that it was for hardcore gaming, maybe he wanted a really nice internet browsing machine. I've done a build like this, and I can completely understand where he's coming from, not to mention the OS cost $185, so the actual cost of the machine is around $514, which is still relatively reasonable for an APU build.
I don't think there was a single good choice to be honest. $100 for ram, $30 for an optical drive, $60 for a 430 watt psu, no ssd, no need for the fans, the windows 7, that cpu and mobo combo using a fm2 socket.... actually, i don't care if i sound like a **** now that i think about it. This is a very bad build and I would change every single component unless he got it for much cheaper. It is not a surprise that his brother in law didn't want it. This shouldn't have been more than $300 for the choices.
I sort of understand what he's getting at, his parts were not the best choices, but they were still good. The APU he selected, first of all, is a 100w TDP. I personally would definitely not run an APU without a few good quality fans, they run pretty hot. RAM is pretty much inexcusable, I agree, because that setup can't run quad channel memory, so it simply wasn't worth the money. The power supply was a good choice, nothing wrong spending a little more for quality. As you probably know, cheaper is not necessarily better, although I think a Corsair CX430 would fit this better, but the SeaSonic is a good choice for about $10-15 more. Optical drive isn't the cheapest, but it is good. Last problem, he would never need Ultimate. Home Premium would be just fine for this build.
So, to conclude:
-Correct amount of airflow needed for such a high TDP processor as this
-Excellent quality parts (although I would be hard-pressed to say AsRock is "excellent quality")
-Too expensive OS
-Sort of expensive optical drive (although $10 isn't much of a difference)
A note to you: Please stop being so rude and insulting his build. It isn't even THAT bad, it just is a little weak for the money. $514 is still in the APU range. What you need to realize is that cheaper isn't always better, which seems to be your main argument. I try to be polite, but you're really just pressing my patience.
Thank you for the support, SEW. My bro-in-law was in no hurry for the PC, so I just waited for sales/rebates. The total price of the PC came out to be about $340. The Win7 Ultimate was free.
well that makes a world of difference. for $340 this is a very good build. you didn't put that in your description so based on the information i was given i think i was right. if you paid $670 that would have been awful