Essential IT Solutions offers you 5 AMD PC bundles based on FM2+ and AM3+ chipsets. Prices range from only R3 899 to R5 899 for the complete PC sans software.
Each bundle comes with a LG Hitachi HLDS 24x DVD RW drive with the jamless tray, featuring SilentPlay operation, either 4GB or 8GB Kingston DDR 1600MHz RAM, Western Digital Blue 1 terabyte hard drive and Asrock motherboard, all built into the attractive black SAMA A35 ATX Middle Tower chassis and including the Genius SlimStar 130 keyboard and mouse combo.
AMD A4 Bundle 1
The AMD A4 bundle is built on the Asrock A68M DG3 FM2+ motherboard and runs the excellent AMD A4-7300 APU.
- Support for Socket FM2+ 95W / FM2 100W processors
- AMD A68H (Bolton-D2H) chipset
- All Solid Capacitor Design
- Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2400+(OC) – max 32GB
- 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x PCI, Supports AMD Dual Graphics
- Integrated AMD Radeon™ R7/R5 Series Graphics in A-series APU
- Graphics max shared memory 2GB
- Graphics Output Options : D-Sub, DVI-D
- 5.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
- 1 x Print Port Header, 1 x COM Port Header
- 4 x SATA3, 2 x USB 3.0, 10 x USB 2.0 (6 Front, 4 Rear)
- Supports ASRock Cloud, APP Shop, Full Spike Protection, X-Boost
The AMD A4-7300 is an entry-level A-series APU but we call it excellent because of its built-in features and steady performance. This dual-core dual-thread APU features Radeon HD 8470D 800MHz graphics of 192 Radeon Stream Processors. It has a 1MB L2 cache and an operating frequency of 3.8GHz, with a max turbo frequency of 4GHz.
For it’s price point, the A4-7300 is hard to beat. In fact, CPU Boss gives it a high 8.2/10 score.
This AMD PC bundle costs only R3 899.
AMD A4 Bundle 2
The second AMD PC bundle also features the Asrock A68M DG3 motherboard and A4-7300 APU but has 8 gigabyte of RAM.
The extra RAM reflects in the price of R4 299.
Can you actually play a good game on these A4-7300 bundles? There are limits but, yes, you can!
See how popular YouTuber Game Stuff takes the A4-7300 for a spin:
AMD A6 Bundle 3
The difference in Bundle 3 is the A6-7470K APU. This is a 3.7GHz dual-core CPU with 4 GPU cores. The integrated 800MHz AMD Radeon R5 graphics has 256 graphic core count and supports DirectX version 12.
The price of Bundle 3 is R4 599.
AMD FX-8300 Bundle 4
Let’s step up the pace to AM3+! Whereas the FM2+ has a 906 pin count and runs the AMD Kaveri and Godavari processors (Steamroller architecture) the AM3+ has a 942 pin count and runs the AMD Bulldozer architecture for the FX chips. And you also know what that means, don’t you? Yes, overclocking potential!
The AMD FX series is simply amazing. As an aside, here’s a Wikipedia recap of the overclocking records:
On 31 August 2011, AMD and a group of well-known overclockers including Brian McLachlan, Sami Mäkinen, Aaron Schradin, and Simon Solotko managed to set a new world record for CPU frequency using the unreleased and overclocked FX-8150 Bulldozer processor. Before that day, the record sat at 8.309 GHz, but the Bulldozer combined with liquid helium cooling reached a new high of 8.429 GHz. The record has since been overtaken at 8.58 GHz by Andre Yang using liquid nitrogen. On August 22, 2014 and using an FX-8370 (Piledriver), The Stilt from Team Finland achieved a maximum CPU frequency of 8.722 GHz.
Bundle 4, however, features the FX-8300 APU. This is an unlocked 8-core 8-thread processor with an 8MB L2 and 8MB L3 cache. Its operating frequency is 3.3GHz and it has a turbo core speed of 4.2GHz. Of course, if you have proper cooling and a bit of know-how, you can run this processor even faster.
This bundle runs on the Asrock 960GM VGS3 AM3+ motherboard, which supports dual channel DDR 1866MHz on OC. It sports Dual Independent Bus (DIB) architecture, the Northbridge running a AMD 760G chipset while the Southbridge runs the AMD SB710 chipset.
The coolest feature, however, is its X-Boost technology:
ASRock’s X-Boost Technology is a smart auto-overclocking function and is brilliantly designed to unlock the hidden cores of your CPUs. Simply press “X” when turning on the PC, X-Boost will automatically overclock the relative components to get up to 116% performance boost!
This bundle also comes with a 1TB WD Blue HDD and 8GB RAM.
Note, the FX series chips do not have integrated graphics but the motherboard features integrated AMD Radeon 3000 graphics with 1024MB max shared memory. If you plan on heavy gaming or video editing, you should consider adding a graphics card.
The price for the AMD FX-8300 bundle is R5 399.
AMD FX-6350 bundle 5
This bundle is also built on top of the Asrock 960GM VGS3 AM3+ motherboard but utilizes the extra base clock speed of the unlocked AMD FX-6350 APU.
The FX-6350 is a 6-core 6-thread with 6MB L2 cache and 8MB L3 cache. It has a factory-overclocked base speed of 3.9GHz. Turn on the turbo and you’ll get 4.2GHz. Taking it even higher is easy but you’ll have to keep an eye on the cooling because this processor has a TDP of 125W.
The price for the AMD FX-6350 bundle is R5 899.
Choosing between the FX-8300 and the FX-6350 bundle may not be easy. The processor of the latter is more expensive but it also gives slightly higher performance. See the comparisons at CPU Boss, CPU World and UserBenchmark.
By the way, on the UserBenchmark report you’ll notice that the users run both the FX-8300 and FX-6350 at 4.9GHz.
SAMA A35 Black Chassis ATX Middle Tower Chassis
As mentioned, all the bundles are built into the SAMA A35 chassis. The features are:
- Micro ATX Tower Chassis
- Drive Bays: 5.25″ x2, 3.5″ x2, 2x 2.5″ Bays (Hidden)
- 7x Expansion Slots
- 1x Rear 120mm Fan Mount
- 1x Side 120mm Fan Mount
- 2x Front USB 2.0
- 2x Front Audio (1x Microphone, 1x Headphone)
- 350W PSU Built-In
- Intel CAG 1.1 Compliant with Advanced Air Cooling Design
Genius SlimStar 130 keyboard and mouse combo
All of the above bundles includes the Genius SlimStar 130 keyboard and mouse combo. The keyboard features the durable chocolate keycap design. The 3-button optical mouse weighs only 82 gram. Both have a 1.5 metre USB cable.
Order your AMD PC bundle now by contacting us online or calling 021 853 4790 during office hours. We accept payment via EFT or credit or debit cards instore. We can also assist you in applying for RCS credit.
Please note, there is a shipping fee involved if you need the PC to be delivered to your door. However, if you’re in the Helderberg area [conditions apply] we’ll gladly drop it off at your office at no charge.
Good luck with your choice!