With yesterday's launch of AMD's 65W Kaveri APUs, it seemed a good time to give some recommendations for new system builds. We're starting out at the budget end of the spectrum, however, and pricing/availability on Kaveri generally rules it out. We'll keep things short and look at two builds, one AMD and one Intel. Outside of the CPU/APU and motherboard, parts are generally interchangeable. Budget AMD System Component Description Price CPU AMD A6-6400K (2x3.9GHz, 1MB, 65W, 32nm) $65 Motherboard MSI A88X-G41 $73 RAM Team Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133 CL10 $71 Storage Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB $55 SSD SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 128GB $60 Case NZXT Source 210 S210-001 $40 Power Supply Seasonic SS-300ET 300W 80 Plus Bronze $38 Total (without OS) $402 The Kaveri APUs provide a decent blend of general and gaming performance, but finding one priced reasonably for a budget system is still a bit difficult (depending on...

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Liquid-cooling is nothing new in the world of computers; enthusiasts first started creating custom water cooling setups back in the 80486 era, and even prior to that some mainframes...

61 by E. Fylladitakis on 3/11/2014

Closed Loop AIO Liquid Coolers: 14-way Mega Roundup Review

There was a time when liquid-cooling a computer chip was considered to be "extreme", something you'd only see hardcore enthusiasts or overclockers doing. It took a lot of work...

135 by E. Fylladitakis on 2/12/2014

NZXT H230 Silent Case Review

The successor to the H2 arrives, but it breaks NZXT's winning streak.

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/13/2013

NZXT Phantom 530 Case Review

With the 530 model, NZXT continues to fill out their product line with a Phantom for every season and price tag. But is the 530 the Phantom they and...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/18/2013

NZXT H630 Silent Case Review

It's been a little while since NZXT produced the popular but flawed H2 silent enclosure. The new H630 is radically different; does it make up the difference?

28 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/14/2013

Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's...

60 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/26/2013

NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

It wasn't that long ago that we reviewed NZXT's shiny new Phantom 820, a case that apart from its high price tag and slightly ostentatious design was pretty tough...

43 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/20/2013

The Phantoms of NZXT

I recently reviewed the NZXT Phantom 820 and found it to be a remarkably excellent, intelligent case, so imagine my delight in learning that NZXT is following up that...

10 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Closing the Loop: Contained Liquid-Coolers from Corsair and NZXT Compared

While closed-loop liquid coolers seem to perform at best comparably to the highest end air coolers, there's a certain appeal in their flexibility, stress on the motherboard, and sometimes...

68 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/26/2012

120mm Radiator Fan Roundup Part 2: Fan Harder

It's funny, when I did the first 120mm radiator fan roundup two months ago, I wasn't expecting quite the response it got. It was an interesting exercise that seemed...

80 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/22/2012

NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review: Everything, Everything

NZXT is an interesting manufacturer. Each company that designs and manufactures cases has their strengths and weaknesses, things they're good at and things that need work, but NZXT is...

23 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/15/2012

Choosing the Best 120mm Radiator Fan: Testing Eight Fans with Corsair's H80

As an enthusiast it can be difficult to just "set it and forget it," to assemble a system and decree "this is as good as it's going to get."...

112 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/23/2012

Computex 2012: New Efficient PSUs & LED Controller from NZXT

NZXT is also showing off its new line of 80 Plus Bronze certified PSUs, the HALE82 N (non-modular). The HALE82 supports up to 3.5A for 5V standby, enabling high...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2012

Computex 2012: NZXT's Cryo V60 & X60 Notebook Coolers

With features like configurable TDP with Ivy Bridge and more users moving to notebook-only usage models, finding new ways to add extra cooling to increasingly small form factor notebooks...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2012

NZXT Switch 810: When Too Much Isn't Enough

NZXT recently released the Switch 810, a new high-end full tower model they proudly had on display at CES at the same time they were seeding samples to reviewers...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/1/2012

NZXT HALE82 650W and 750W

NZXT is a well known provider of "eye-catching" cases and peripherals, but like many other brands they offer power supplies as well. These include the HALE90 series, their first...

5 by Martin Kaffei on 1/26/2012

NZXT Phantom 410: The Boutique Favorite Goes On a Diet

If you browse custom builds across different boutiques, you'll find NZXT's name comes up an awful lot. One of their enclosures, in particular, tends to see a lot of...

15 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/2/2011

NZXT Tempest 410 Elite: Jack of All Trades

The last time we checked out an NZXT enclosure, we saw in their H2 a lot of fantastic ideas done in by a single poor design choice. NZXT's engineers...

14 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/1/2011

NZXT H2: Not Quite Quiet

When we saw the NZXT H2's prototype at CES, we were impressed. The case isn't just unusually austere for NZXT, it's genuinely attractive and feature rich. More than that...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/26/2011

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