AMD Llano

Move over Core i3...

Some of you, (ok, none of you since nobody reads this), may recall my last chat about getting a gaming rig together on the cheap. Well, after some fuss & pain, I ended up with a rebuilt Dell still plagued with the same ailments as always, just less frequently. Rather than throw good money after bad, I’ve decided to put together a better stopgap. Thanks to Tom’s Hardware and Squidoo, I have settled on a $270 upgrade to the existing kit in the form of a new AMD Llano proc, a Gigabyte mobo and some 1600MHz Ripjaws RAM. To keep things potentially cheap, I’m not adding anything else to the previous rig. The proc, mobo, RAM & GPU are no longer necessary, the case & PSU are brand new, so that just leaves the recycled 1TB HDD and DVD-R. I’m hoping I can limp it along on Windows Vista for a time so I don’t have to pony up another $100 for Win7, (esp considering Win8 may be out soon). If I must, then I must.

What brought on this furious change you ask, (again, who’s asking considering NOBODY reads this)? Simple really, Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’m a dork, so sue me! My laptops are aging and the rebuild was neither a failure or a success. As I continued to read and research, I came across the very promising Llano 2.9GHz w/ integrated GPU chipset. A smoking deal considering the positive press and the lack of a dedicated card. Of course, I can still CrossFire it with a discrete card, which is even better if I so choose. Likely not, however, as in the spring I plan on a Core i5-2500k, (or it’s equivalent when the time arrives).

In any case, while I don’t expect to be bowled over by this, I certainly do expect that it will far and away outperform what I currently have. BIG THANKS to Danny Yu on Squidoo for keeping his recommendations up to date and Tom’s Hardware for handling all the research. Also thanks to Amazon Prime, the items should be in my hot little hands by Friday, (sorry NewEgg, you only saved me a couple bucks and couldn’t deliver as fast). W00T! After which, we’ll see how it benchmarks.

  • Gigabyte GA-A75M-S2V AMD Socket FM1 Dual Graphic Micro ATX Motherboard
  • AMD A8-3850 APU w/AMD Radeon 6550 HD GPU (2.9GHz Quad-Core)
  • G.Skill Ripjaws-X (2x2GB, 1600MHz /CL9)
  • WD Caviar Blue (1TB, 7200rpm)
  • Linksys Draft-N NIC
  • NZXT GAMMA ATX Mid-Tower (3x 120mm fans)
  • Corsair 500CXV2 (500w, 80+ certified)


  One Response to “Screw you Dell!!!”

  1. Hey, I read articles on this here place, sometimes…

    Congrats on the new kit!

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