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I recently built this machine for a local business that is currently using an awful Mac Mini, its mostly going to be used by the secretary as a general use office computer. I chose the AMD A4-6300 because of its cost/performance ratio. For the price the processor is great! MOBO was great as well, MSI makes good stuff and for a $60 motherboard its a killer deal. The ram was chosen just for the good price and good reviews on NewEgg. The Barracuda was an obvious choice as it tends to stay the favorite of most builders on a budget, although I have noticed a high pitched whistle ever so often and I'm hoping its nothing serious and it will go away when it gets broke in, but I will keep an eye on it. As for the case I've always wanted to try this case from Rosewill and so far it has impressed me. It came with a PSU that seems to be solid but you never know with these free power supplies but we will see.

Let me know what ya think! THANKS!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

Does the job. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

I also love that processor. SO glad AMD came out with it; really fills a gap.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice, inexpensive build that'll get the job done. +1

8GB seems a bit unnecessary for a general use office computer though. I think you could've gone with 4GB to save a little extra money (even though the build is already pretty cheap).

  • 71 months ago
  • 7 points

With all of the office suite open, along with multiple tabs, a PDF etc, 8gb is needed!

Open tabs eat ram for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the next day's breakfast.

  • 71 months ago
  • 6 points

what about 2nd breakfast?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

hehehe. I always ask the same...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it!

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Especially for an APU, faster+more is always better.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

At least when using Chrome, I don't notice this. I'll be at work with 20+ tabs open, some with pretty heavy media on them (3d models rendered in html5, youtube vids, etc.), and I have not seen it go above 4 yet. Do you think that Chrome caches pages in the background or something?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

you have point tho, basic word processing eats up a lot of your ram. 8GB is just the right amount

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured 8gb was pretty much the norm for computers these days, plus they are an extremely busy company so the computer will be used heavily for multi-tasking and I wanted them to be able to get things done as fast as possible

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough. Again, great build :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that's a great idea. There's nothing more frustrating than a computer without enough RAM. It never hurts to have more than you need, especially when some of it is shared by the integrated graphics, and the cost difference between 8GB and 4GB is only about $30-40.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes 4gb would have been parfect and you could have saved a couple extra dollors for a mouse and keyboard or something

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

thats all you need and I actually think your right about 8gb of ram for work pc, you need to run multiple applications at least at my work we need to and there's nothing more infuriating than a slow work pc

+1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

would have gone dual channel, 2x2=4gb

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Would have gone with 2 4gb ram sticks. Dual channel is always better. +1 though, solid build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wrong Case!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

They didnt have the case I bought listed on Newegg at the time of making this post...

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  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Would have gone with Intel. Pentium G has better performance and it's the same price including for motherboard. Here's a comparison http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/155/AMD_A4-Series_A4-6300_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G3220.html

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

same for integrated performance though?

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Well this an Office PC, I'd rather take 50% performance increase at the same price than having a slightly better graphics you're not really gonna use.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't agree with this, but the Intel stock cooler is much better than the AMD's, making it better for this kind of rig.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What's wrong with the Pentium for office stuff?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The integrated graphics actually improves all around performance, loading web pages and office applications actually require quite a bit of graphics. it speeds up load times.

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