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I'm looking to build a system that will primarily be running Linux of some flavour.

I'm looking to spend about £200 on the processor, motherboard, graphics card and memory. I have found this combo
AMD Llano A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad Core - £103.00
Gigabyte A75M-D2H Socket FM1 Motherboard - £85.09
2 x Kingston HyperX 2GB (1x2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM Memory Module - £26.14

Total - £214.22

All from www.cclonline.com

This is using the Llano chipset with integrated graphics. I was wondering what my alternatives are, as I have been out of the market for components for a long time and haven't kept up with what is available. Can anyone suggest an alternative configuration that will give comparable or better performance for a similar price bracket. I am willing to sacrafice some graphical power for processing powes as I am not a gamer. I don't want to scrimp too much on the motherboard as I would like it to be USB3 and SATAIII compatible.

Thanks.

Trev.

 
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ok this is what i would reccommend instead:

the a8-3850:
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-a8-3850-fm1-2-9ghz-4mb-with-amd-radeon-hd-6550d-apu-7K6Z.html?q=A8-3850

a ASRock A75M-HVS mobo:
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-a75m-hvs-amd-a75-fm1-hudson-ddr3-matx-7LCS.html?refs=473470000

and some 4gb 1866Mhz ram (1866Mhz will really benefit in terms of the a8-3850 read up reviews):
http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-4gb--2-x-2gb--hyperx-plug-n-play-1866mhz-ddr3-dimm-cl11-7KBM.html?refs=50830000-435360000

which comes to £205.15 (free PandP) this is including the 1866Mhz ram which i would highly reccommend if your going with an A8-3850. but if your really strapped for cash you can downgrade to 1600Mhz ram...

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ok this is what i would reccommend instead:

the a8-3850:
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-a8-3850-fm1-2-9ghz-4mb-with-amd-radeon-hd-6550d-apu-7K6Z.html?q=A8-3850

a ASRock A75M-HVS mobo:
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-a75m-hvs-amd-a75-fm1-hudson-ddr3-matx-7LCS.html?refs=473470000

and some 4gb 1866Mhz ram (1866Mhz will really benefit in terms of the a8-3850 read up reviews):
http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-4gb--2-x-2gb--hyperx-plug-n-play-1866mhz-ddr3-dimm-cl11-7KBM.html?refs=50830000-435360000

which comes to £205.15 (free PandP) this is including the 1866Mhz ram which i would highly reccommend if your going with an A8-3850. but if your really strapped for cash you can downgrade to 1600Mhz ram:
http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-hyperx-blu-4gb--2-x-2gb--1600mhz-ddr3-non-ecc-cl9-dimm--kit--741W.html?refs=468490000

which brings the cost to £185.96 (free P&P).
 
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url=http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2975-6.html[/url]


Thanks for the reply. I'm going to have to check out Dabs some more. I thought ccl was the cheapest around, but seemingly not!

I have one concern with this setup. Do you think the cheaper motherboard will be able to run the 1866 memory with a low enough CAS rating to make it worthwhile to have? I was reading the llano review ( url=http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2975-6.html ) and they didn't get much benefit from going up to 1866 memory because the CAS latency suffered. As this is an even cheaper motherboard then they used I'm worried that performance will suffer.

Any thoughts?
 

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the mobos not bad, it has SATAIII (6GB/s) and USB3.0 the good thing about 1866Mhz ram is that it can be downclocked to 1600Mhz, and timings can then be tightened quite easily. and that mobo natively supports up to 2000Mhz ram, (and 2400Mhz OC ram).