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Building a budget PC for under $360

The parts you need to build a budget PC for under $360 built around AMD excellent A8 Llano APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).
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A8-3670K 'Black Edition' APU

The AMD A-Series APU "Black Edition" is designed for FM1 socket motherboards. Featuring both an unlocked CPU and an unlocked GPU, the AMD A8-3670K APU Black Edition offers you the maximum flexibility possible to customize your system.

  • Cores: 4
  • Frequency: 2.7GHz
  • L2 Cache: 4MB
  • Socket: FM1
  • GPU: HD 6530D
  • GPU Cores: 320
  • GPU Clock Speed: 444MHz

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Gigabyte GA-A75M-D2H Motherboard

GIGABYTE Super4 motherboards are the latest range of next-generation desktop motherboards based on the AMD A75 chipset, supporting a new generation socket FM1 of 32nm AMD A-series/E-series APUs with DirectX11 graphics integrated.

  • Socket: FM1
  • Chipset: AMD A75
  • Memory: 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory. Support for DDR3 2400(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules.
  • Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec
  • Storage: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD
  • USB: 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports and 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports

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Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1333 RAM

The Ballistix Sport Series was created for mainstream users and enthusiasts. These modules feature heat spreaders for thermal performance. These modules make use of standard timings and voltages, making this a reliable, quality RAM option that’s ideal for maximum stability and compatibility.

  • Speed: DDR3-1333
  • Latency: CL9 (9-9-9-24)
  • Voltage: 1.5V
  • Bandwidth: PC3-10600 (10.6GB/s)

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX

Performance and reliability for everyday computing.

  • Rotational Speed: 7,200 RPM
  • Buffer: 16MB
  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s

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Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 Power Supply Unit

The Builder Series CX430 V2 is the ideal choice for PC builders and upgraders who need a great value, quiet and energy efficient PSU for a low/medium specification home or office PC.

  • Power: 430W
  • Modular: No
  • 80 Plus: Certified
  • ATX Connector: 1
  • EPS Connector: 1
  • PCI-E Connector: 1
  • 4-Pin Peripheral: 3
  • SATA Connector: 4
  • Floppy Connector: 1

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST Optical Drive

The ASUS DRW-24B1LT / 24B1ST is capable of reading and writing data on DVD±R/±RW, DVDRAM formats. It is a power saving drive and offers a feature to allow you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs.

  • Interface: SATA
  • Buffer: 1.5MB
  • Read Speed: DVD+R: 16 X | DVD-R: 16 X | DVD+RW: 12 X | DVD-RW: 12 X | DVD-ROM: 16 X | DVD+R(DL): 12 X | DVD-R(DL): 12 X | DVD-ROM(DL): 12 X | CD-R: 40 X | CD-RW: 40 X | CD-ROM: 48 X | DVD video playback: 6 X | VCD playback: 16 X | Audio CD Playback: 16 X
  • Write Speed: DVD+R: 24X | DVD-R: 24X | DVD+RW:  8X | DVD-RW: 6X | DVD+R(DL): 12X | DVD-R (DL): 12X | DVD-RAM: 12X | CD-R: 48X | CD-RW: 24X
  • Writing Mode: DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Write | DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO/Incremental Recording | DVD+RW: Random Write | DVD-RW: DAO/Restricted Overwrite/Incremental Recording | CD-R/RW: DAO/TAO/SAO/Packet Write

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