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Let's start by looking at the heart of the system — the processor. In this case, the processor is not going to be just the CPU, but also features a built in GPU. This makes the build both cheaper and easier.
For this build, I've chosen AMD's A4-5300 Trinity APU. This is a 3.4GHz — 3.6GHz when in Turbo mode — dual-core part, which also comes equipped with a DirectX 11-enabled Radeon HD 7480D.
The AMD Trinity APU needs a motherboard with a Socket FM2 connector for the processor. I've chosen the MSI FM2-A55M-E33, which is a cheap, yet fully-featured board.
Along with the raft of stuff you expect from a motherboard, this board offers some other cool features:
OC Genie II: Auto overclocking to boost performance in 1 second
ClickBIOS II: Easy-to-use UEFI interface
Super Charger: Fast charge iPad/iPhone/smartphones.
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Simple drive, nothing special.
The Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB offers a decent amount of speedy storage at a reasonable price. It is a 7,200RPM, SATA 6.0Gb/s unit featuring 16MB of cache.