New system base -- your opinions?

By DannyAMD
Feb 24, 2012
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  1. Hi all,

    Looking at purchasing a bundle to start a new build and this is what I am thinking of buying, but thought I'd let you look at it with your expert eyes before I bought it!

    Won't let me post a link due to my post count so -

    the price is £179.99

    Motherboard (Asus F1A55-M LE)

    DDR3 240 Pin DIMM.
    1.5V, CL9
    4GB 10600, 1333Mhz

    AMD A6 3650

    Also standard Heatsink/Fan

    Next upgrade would be the graphics card.

    This is just to get me started and will slowly upgrade all parts of this bundle, but I need to be able to just buy individual parts and have someway of testing them and thought this wouldn't be a bad option?

    I already have a 550w XTX Easy Rail PSU (Purchased yesterday).

    Anyway, let me know what you think the pros and cons to this base system are please if you would be so kind :)

  2. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    You can only use crossfire, NO SLI Support on that board. That means you can only use AMD Radeon graphics cards. Any particular reason you picked a micro-atx board? Is this computer mainly for gaming? If not, what is it going to be used for?
  3. DannyAMD

    DannyAMD TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The system will eventually become a gaming rig, as long as for now I can run WoW and Eve Online, that will do me as I have an xbox for other gaming needs in the meantime.

    For now I am looking to get up and running on a budget... No real reason for the micro ATX board other than it's in my budget and available locally.

    I have only ever used ATI based cards so for me this isn't an issue.... I will however be weighing up the pros and cons of this in the coming months, as I've heard that Nvidia are now the more evolved company.

    The less I spend now getting up and running on a system the more I can spend in the future on individual items. But at the same time I want something better than the Dual core I have just scrapped.

    This base system should only be in play for around 6 months, but during that time I will first upgrade the items that can be used on this system (I hope that makes sense).

    I admit I've been out of the PC world of upgrading a part every week/month for quite some time now, and I feel like re-entering I know nothing all over again. But I am trying to catch up as best I can! This site is helping immensely.


    Do you think there is any major drawback to a micro board?
  4. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    What is your starting budget?
  5. DannyAMD

    DannyAMD TS Rookie Topic Starter

    £200 for starting buget
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    Yeah that's a decent bundle for the price.

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