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    Default AMD's APU, how to choose the parts...

    OK, I'll admit it, I'm a bit of an AMD fanboy and proud of it. However, as I look ahead, the path beyond Vishera looks a little cloudy. My current system, (specs on the side there), will always be a work in progress. With the parts that have been swapped out, I'm building a general use system. I know that down the road I would prefer to replace it with something more current. I, at any given time, will have 3 - 5 wish lists going over at the "egg". One of those lists is what will become an APU build starting with parts that I know how to use, on a board that I'm unfamiliar with....

    ASUS A88XM-E FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard,
    SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100365L Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card With BOOST & OC, AMD Athlon X4 860K Quad-Core 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor (BLACK EDITION) AD860KXBJABOX

    My thoughts are that I could use this as a kind of "Bridge system" while I learn more about APUs and how to choose parts accordingly. This system would be a mixed use system and as such, a gfx card would be added sooner than later so how do you match the apu with the right gfx card. Also, I noticed that FM2+ is the current top socket, there are 4 "Bolton" chipsets to choose from, so, how do you choose the right parts to go with what ever your needs are?

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    Default Re: AMD's APU, how to choose the parts...


    At this time, the A88X is the most current chipset available for the FM2+ socket. So you started in the right direction with the motherboard.
    I've used and tested a few A88x motherboards already, I personally like the Gigabyte A88X UP4 and the ASUS A88X-Pro - I have owned both boards.

    Here are some questions to keep in mind. If you don't plan on adding in your own discrete graphics cards, then you will want to get something that has the Onboard iGPU. For example, the flagship A10 7850K is a great chip. This chip is a 12 core, 8 on the GPU side and 4 on the CPU side. Also with the right motherboard, you can use the On-boad GPU and "dual" graphics mode it with the AMD R7 240 or 250. This will give you a little bit of a boost with the onboard GPU.

    However depending on your needs, That may not be what you are looking to do . Like the parts you have listed, if you plan on using the R9 270x GPU, then the 860K is a great choose since it omits the iGPU. Its pretty much a quad core CPU. For those running higher end GPUs, the 7850K is a total waste as it bypasses its onboard. You can build a nicely budget system that is capable of handling most of today's task and games with the 860k and a nice GPU added in.

    Here are some specs of a system I built for a friend recently. He was on a tight budget, Under $700 and I was able to build him something that can handle even BF4 on high in 1080p and handle most of the other games maxed out at very plyable FPS.

    MB - Gigabyte A88X-UP4 $85 AMIR
    CPU - AMD Athlon 860K $56 @ Frys
    Memory - 8GB GSkill Sniper 1866 $52 - Newegg AMIR
    GPU - AMD Gigabyte R9 280x $180 - Sold him one of mine
    SSD: Crucial 256GB SSD $59.00 (refurbish from crucial)
    HDD: Seagate Hybrid 1TB $79
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    OEM Win 7 $50

    Over the course of 2 months, we were able to find parts on sale with rebates and all and all, we fit all those parts above in under $700. We literally just finished this build like 3 weeks ago.
    I had a couple of CPU Coolers laying around so I gave him one that let him OC the CPU a little, but nothing crazy. If you have old parts that you can reuse. This will help save some cash.

    I have some AMD APU parts, so if you are interested, let me know and shoot me a PM.
    I can probably help you save some money.

    All in All, APU parts are pretty straight forward, find out what you need out of the system first, and start from there. The good thing is that the FM2+ socket isn't expensive. Even the most top end motherboards are only $150.

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    Default Re: AMD's APU, how to choose the parts...

    atx motherboard was from you a good choice. but now i'm looking that you have micro atx, sorry for this.

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