Building an ultra budget AMD system
One of the real selling points when looking to build an AMD system is that many of their processors are priced at a level which makes creating a powerful system quite cheap. The Athlon 7750 we are reviewing today for example is priced at a very competitive level, bringing the Phenom core to a new audience.
Throughout the review we paired our AMD processors with the Asus M3A78-T which is a full size ATX board with a huge amount of functionality but this does come at a cost, £115/$140 to be exact. For those who fancy building a more cost effective system for light gaming or basic media use there are quite a number of options available. One such product is Abit’s A-N78HD board which retails at £49.
This means that it is possible to buy a Triple core Phenom 8450 and the above board for just a few pounds more than the M3A78-T or build a dual core Athlon 2.7ghz system for bang on £100.
So what does the A-N78-HD offer us for less than £50? Well, full support for Athlons up to 6400+ and Phenoms up to 9850. Up to 8Gb of DDR2-1066, onboard GeForce 8200 graphics, GeForce Boost, Hybrid power, PCI-Express 2.0, HDMI, HDCP, Purevideo HD and 7.1 audio.
Overall quite a staggering level of value and well worth considering.