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The Cheapest PC I Would Build: August 2014

Devin Connors | 1 Aug 2014 00:01
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Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: CPU and Motherboard
Page 3: Memory and GPU
Page 4: Case and Power Supply
Page 5: Storage, Optical Drive, and Final Thoughts

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2x 4 GB DDR3-2133

GSkill RAM

$84.99 on Newegg

"WHY IN THE NAME OF GABEN/INSERT PC GAMING MEME HERE are you spending $85 on RAM for a budget PC?" I'll tell you why, Ranger Rick!

Because we are using an APU, there's no dedicated video memory (or VRAM). When you take down John Q. Graphics card from Amazon or Newegg or that shady-looking van behind your local university's Computer Science building, it comes with several gigabytes of dedicated GDDR5 memory. We have no such setup here, which means our APU is going to be using some of the system memory - that 8 GB of juicy, golden G.Skillitude I chose - for VRAM.

Because our graphics part needs system RAM, it's better to go with faster RAM, which is why I selected the DDR3-2133 Ripjaws X kit. And since we still need RAM for other things (fifty open browser tabs, that massive Harry Potter-Lana Del Rey fan fiction odyssey you're writing), 8 GB is a good quantity to go with.

If you don't want lots of fast, speedy memory occupying your slots, go with a 4 GB DDR3-1600 kit. It's no skin off my nose, netizen!



See the CPU/APU section, you salty son-of-a-gun!

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