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My Boss wanted a new computer, and he wanted it to be fast.... well we can check that one off the list, cause this baby screams. His old PC was an ancient Dell with a single core 2.0GHz, and 500 MB ram, and only 80 GB of storage space (60% full, so no need for alot of storage space, he doesn't need it). So it was time for an upgrade. The only thing he does is surf the internet and used MS word........Trust me, I know this is way overkill. I tried to talk him into a dual core and so on. But when the conversation about what CPU to use came up, his statement and I quote was " what is the most powerful processor there is?" I decided to at least use a quad core. My only two complaints about the parts are 1. the shortness of the audio jack cable for the case was to short to run to the appropriate hole to hide so I had to run it in front of the mother board a little bit. and 2. the cpu fan is a little whiny. But other than that no problems with the build.
So here it is, the worlds most overkill Internet Explorer box.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

miss use of funds?

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

huge miss use of funds.....

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

and grammar XD

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

...*misuse

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  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

This was a disappointment. -1

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Why do you need such an expensive overkill mobo?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Why get an APU for an internet browser? Seems like a similarly priced i3 would be better choice to me, but hey im new here so odds are there is some advantage i am not aware of.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

It would be a better choice. Plus it would cost less and use less energy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

okay good im not just stupid then xD

  • 71 months ago
  • -1 points

Idk, maybe I wanted 4 Physical cores at 4.1 GHz, instead of 2 cores with 4 processing threads at 3.4 Ghz.

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

The per core performance of the Haswell i3 is going to stomp that A10. Even if you have 4 cores you still need to utilize them. Browsing the internet and using MS Word are not going to utilize all of the cores in the quad core, but would benefit from the much more powerful core in the dual core.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The GHz numbers on the AMD CPUs looks pretty cool, but in real-world tests an Intel Core i3-4130 would outperform in speed, and internet and Word doesn't ultilize the extra cores, since they are so light tasks for the computer. The only benefit from the AMD APU A-series would be the integrated GPU, but your boss doesn't play games so you pay actually more useless power with more power consumption.

P.S. You said this is the most overkill internet explorer computer. Nope, many people use Intel Core Pentium, Core-i3/i5 for web browing which stomps the A10 any way. Also, gamers with Intel Core i7-4770K browse the internet (with a better browser that is Firefox or Chrome) which are dozens time faster than the A10. Simply said, AMD APUs are only good for super budget gaming, nothing else.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe should have gotten a HDD for some extra room, the apu isn't really that much overkill. And the 2133 ram was a bit overboard for microsoft word.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Apu's use rams mhz so 2133 is actually good

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought the high speed RAM only benefits the GPU in an APU. The high speed RAM, and the extra graphics boost it provides, wouldn't be beneficial for just operating simple office suites.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but it still helps avoid bottlenecks, and improve the overall speed of a system

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Again, I heard that nothing about 1600 will really be noticed. I'm no expert on the subject. I'm just passing along what little I've learned.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right Norm. You're better off with a lower CAS in this case.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

what bottlenecks though?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What was the boss budget? Also, "what is the most powerful processor there is?" wouldn't that be the i7-4770k or 4960x? Correct me if I am wrong. I think the motherboard is the overkill, I don't think a casual person is going to use 3 pci express on an APU. At least you did cable management pretty good.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ever need to do another one of these, you might want to take a look at this. It encompasses many of the suggestions and comments mentioned here, from a more business-geared machine, more storage, etc..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $134.97 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85N Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.89 @ Mwave
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $84.98 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $56.98 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $32.17 @ Micro Center
Optical Drive LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer $21.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $605.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 18:21 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that people's prices vary considerably, but the price my vendors show his purchases at is $605.71, while mine comes in $.11 more expensive.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

honsetly you can max out ie with a decent pentium

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't say it's an overkill. U need as much power as you can get to make that IE open fast enough and keep working :D

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This is how you should've spent the money: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/BlastXin/saved/4Nd9 Even the cheapest Intel Pentium (haswell)beats the A10-6800K's CPU speed, which is 2.5 times cheaper. And the Pentium has 108% better price/performance ratio than A10-6800K. Source: http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/325/AMD_A10-Series_A10-6800K_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G3220.html

If your boss wants a fast computer, you should've gotten Windows 8.1. It can boot almost twice as fast than Windows 7, and once you lurked around Windows 8.1 for a few days, you won't have any problems with it, and it has longer support than Windows 7, if the computer will be held for a over 6 years. You can also install a Windows 7 appearance, if your boss REALLY REALLY doesn't like to learn new things.

You boss asked "what is the most powerful processor there is?". That would be the mainstream Intel Core-i7, that costs 330$. FAST does not mean more cores, and the GHz numbers can't be compared with different processor architectures, like AMD trinity vs. Intel Haswell. Next time check cpu benchmark sites like cpu-world.com. More cores are only good for heavy multitasking or the most newer games which utilizes 4 cores.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually now that I think about it, an intel 4770k would give 4 cores, 8 threads, and could easily overclock to 4 ghz or higher. Of course that would cost a lot more to your boss, but even then I would have gone for an i3/i5 intel cpu, less expensive ram, and a less expensive hard drive for more performance.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the cpu in adobe premiere ?

  • 71 months ago
  • -2 points

Im sorry but you should have gotten a 500GB caviar Black HDD and a FX series with an L3 Cache.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

FX series would have required a GPU. The i3 4130 would be perfect for this type of system.

  • 71 months ago
  • -2 points

ya but the I3 isn't a CPU-GPU either though...

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

The i3 has integrated graphics on the chip. He has no need for a dedicated GPU to browse the internet and use word...

  • 71 months ago
  • -3 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3KaaV

This is a great build for only like $2 more so if you ever need this in the future...