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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26 by Ian Cutress on 9/7/2013

Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review

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46 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/6/2013

OverclockersUK release 8Pack Range of ‘World’s Fastest Systems’

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26 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2013

Lenovo Announces New ThinkCentre AIOs and Desktops

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9 by Jarred Walton on 8/28/2013

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51 by Ian Cutress on 8/27/2013

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 Desktop Review

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17 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/22/2013

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108 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/2/2013

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69 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/23/2013

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After thoroughly enjoying Falcon NW's Tiki system, I was pleased to see ASRock showcase a mini-ITX tower/desktop of its own at Computex: the M8. Inside is an ASRock mini-ITX...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Puget Systems Genesis II Quiet Workstation Review

As a boutique, Puget Systems has been able to produce some of the quietest towers we've ever tested, but can they work their magic with a pair of octal-core Xeons?

18 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/22/2013

NVIDIA R319 Series Beta Driver 320.00 Available

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15 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2013

Origin Genesis Review: Triple Titan Terror

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62 by Ryan Smith on 4/23/2013

CompuLab Intense PC System Review: Fanless Ivy Bridge

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44 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/20/2013

High-End Meets Small Form Factor: GeForce Titan in Falcon Northwest's Tiki

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33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2013

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10 by Jarred Walton on 2/18/2013

iBuyPower Revolt System Review: Closing the Boutique and Opening the Store

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29 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/16/2013

Swiftech and Steiger Dynamics: German Engineering Comes Home

I don't know about you, but for me, the word "engineering" gets a lot more enticing when it's preceded by the word "German" (or the phrase "Commander LaForge, please...

8 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/14/2013

ECS Shows Off Thin Mini-ITX Boards and AIO Touchscreens

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4 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

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4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

DigitalStorm Carves Their Own Path with Aventum II and Bolt

I reviewed the DigitalStorm Bolt not too long ago and found it to be a mostly good product in concept, but flawed in execution in two major ways: price...

0 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

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