For Trinity, look for a motherboard with 4 DIMM slots, HDMI output and the A75 or A85 chipset.AMD Damo wrote: Mobo: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS
On the Intel side, you might want to wait 2 weeks for Haswell (e.g.: Core i5-4430 or Core i5-4670K) to appear. Haswell's release with new LGA1150 motherboards may push prices down on LGA1155 motherboards, even if Ivy Bridge Core i3 processors aren't likely to get cheaper immediately. The suggestion to look for 4 DIMM slots and HDMI output stands, even if you stay with LGA1155.AMD Damo wrote: Mobo: ASRock B75M-DGS-R2 Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i3 3220
You definitely want PC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) memory instead of that pokey PC3-10600 stuff that you've listed. 16 GiB is probably more than you need. 2x4 GiB would be enough to start with.AMD Damo wrote: RAM: Corsair CMV16GX3M2A1333C9 16GB Kit (2x8GB) DDR3
For the same price, you could get an IPS LCD monitor instead of a TN LCD.AMD Damo wrote: Monitor: BenQ GL2450HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor
I don't agree that 4 DIMM slots is necessary; 2x8GB is enough RAM for the life of the machine. I like the Biostar Hi-Fi A85S3 motherboard, which has excellent integrated audio and a nice layout.JustAnEngineer wrote:For Trinity, look for a motherboard with 4 DIMM slots, HDMI output and the A75 or A85 chipset.
I don't agree with this recommendation; DDR3-1866 all the way for sure, but buying 4GB DIMMs at this point is just folly imo.JustAnEngineer wrote:You definitely want PC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) memory instead of that pokey PC3-10600 stuff that you've listed. 16 GiB is probably more than you need. 2x4 GiB would be enough to start with.
AMD Damo wrote:Monitor: BenQ GL2450HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor
But the GL2450HM is the official console monitor of the MLG! Hahaha...
I wouldn't say Intel graphics are "a total joke" (HD 4000 with dual-channel 1866 plays UT3 acceptably in 1080p!), but if you intend to do any gaming on the machine I'd definitely get the AMD APU.NovusBogus wrote:Intel graphics are a total joke so if you're going GPU-less I would definitely get the APU. The i3 is going to be the better performing chip otherwise, so if the plan is to get a discrete GPU later I'd say wait for Haswell to launch. If nothing else it will cause a price drop on some of the older stuff.
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