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Budget htpc/gamer
by bOOsted
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Description

Built: December 26 2012

Most of these items were bought on boxing day or were clearence items. I actually paid $130 for the A10 but I sold the simcity game download for $30. I recently added the the 6670 which is actually the ddr5 version and I bought it used. The DVD was a Pioneer model on clearence. Overall I'm happy with it for what I paid.

If anyone is interested in the A10's gaming performance you can check out the video I made, this is without the 6670. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWDki6Lk8YI

BTW this site list the Nexus cpu cooler as incompatible, but it is compatible.

Update: August 04 2013

My 600watt OCZ modxstream in another computer died, 3 months after the warranty ran out. I didn't need 600w so I put the Antec VP450 in the other computer and bought a Cosair CX430M for $30 for this one. Its semi modular so I was hoping to clean up the cables, I think I did alright. I also removed the DVD, never use it and it opens up the case. The Corsair feels nice in the hand but their connectors do suck.

Update: Sept 21 2013

Saw these 2 fans on blowout at Tiger Direct for $4 each because they were missing screws. Max temp dropped from 55 to 50 during 3.5 hrs in prime95, average from 49 to 47. Not bad for $8 I guess.

Update: Nov 5 2013

I made a few changes over the last month. I saw this Cosair H60 refurb at Tiger Direct for $20, I knew it wouldn't really fit in my case but for $20 I can't that pass up. I wasn't happy with AMD's "dual graphics" so I sold the 6670 for $65 and bought this XFX 7850 for $80. Then I got this ssd on an Amazon price match at Bestbuy for $72. I made a custom mount for the ssd and a 320gb 2.5" drive and I'm testing pulling air through the cooler into the case. The cpu hits 35 playing farcry 3 and the gpu hits about 74. I doubt Ill keep the cooler in this case but my next step is cleaning up the fan wiring, probably with something that will allow me to plug 5 fans into 1 mb header and switching the cooler so it blows air out.

Part List
Details
AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle0.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load35.0° C
XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate860MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle45.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load74.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP5295
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Spenlard 2 points 11 months ago

Does the DDR5 version still crossfire..?

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Yes it does.

 
 
Spenlard 1 point 11 months ago

Never knew that hmm. I never understood buying an A10 + 6670 when it's about 200$. Could get an i3 or 965 for around 100, and a 100$ gpu. Would have way more power.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I agree. I was searching for a new card to replace a gts250 I have in another computer when I came across this 6670 for $40. I figured it was worth $40 just to see how/if it works.

 
 
Sprocket30 [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Fasten those power connectors before one hits a fan or motherboard lol

+1 Nice build

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

lol those are just "in progress" pics. There isn't much room for cable management in this case, but nothing is near any fans. All zip tied away :)

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bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks! I've really only been playing Farcry 3 with the 6670 and it now rarely drops below 35fps, mainly hovers around 40. I did rerun the Tomb Raider benchmark and it went from min 20 to 34, average 27 to 45 and max 31 to 56. I need to make a couple new videos in dual graphics and the 6670 alone.

All in all some pretty good gains I think but you could probably do better if you figure retail for an A10 + a ddr5 6670 would be around $220.

 
 
pavleap 1 point 11 months ago

A10 is $130 and the 6670 is $40-$80. I'd say no more that $200.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Ok $200. You could get you a phenom 965 and a 7770. I don't know if thats really any better though :)

 
 
fsma92 [8 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Yes it's quite better actually

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

You are probably right.

 
 
fsma92 [8 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I've tested it :p I have the a10-5800k and my friend has the 7770 it performs quite well for a 100$ card

 
 
CbassFishin 1 point 11 months ago

Would have gotten the ddr5 version for faster performance, but hey you were on a budget. Nice job on the build.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

It is the ddr5 version, this site only has the ddr3 version.

 
 
CbassFishin 1 point 11 months ago

oh that makes more sense

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Heres a question. Would I see any benefit getting faster ram? I know using onboard graphics alone there is a benefit but what about running in dual graphics??

 
 
8F01C198997 [8 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

From the tests I've read about (mind you, not performed personally) there is no noticeable benefit of using the dual graphics with 1600MHz system RAM over the 6670 by itself.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I've also read that many times but I don't know. Do you happen to know of any tests done in dual graphics with different memory speeds?

 
 
Bartmanicus [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I see that Tim Horton's cup, would you perhaps be Canadian?

 
 
8F01C198997 [8 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

He did buy it all in Canadian Dollars.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, all in Canadian dollars. Everything was bought at Canada Computers except the video card was off Kijiji.

 
 
Coltoh [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Impressive budgeting. +1

 
 
Bartmanicus [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

That's where I bought my stuff to. Decent store but kinda crappy staff.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

lol I read that alot about the staff. I donno though I don't have a problem with any of them, I guess it depends on the store. I did buy 1600mhz ram on their recommendation though and if they really knew what they were doing they would have recommended 1866+. Oh well the prices are good and I usually go in knowing what I'm getting anyways.

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StarkMayhem [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Looks like you gave 2 ***** for wiring lol

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Ya i think you're right :)

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I think I did better this time?

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Enjoyed your build. Thanks for the description. Thinking of using this case for an HTPC build as well.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I'll answer any questions I can. I wanted the Fractal Design Node 605 but it was $110 more.

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, I looked at that too. But you are right, the 605 is priced pretty high. Also, I noticed the Silverstone is pretty low profile compared to a lot of cases but still fits a full size video card. I only have about 6.5 inches on the shelf I want to use. So height is important for me.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Well this case is dead on 6" tall so it'll fit. It can hold a video card up to 4.9" so there are some limitations but even some 7950's are below that.

 
 
candy [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Hows the cooler?

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

It functions fine for me. I knocked off 2 stars for its mounting procedure, atleast for AMD. The allen key they give you to tighten it to the motherboard is too long and the thumb screws are too cheap to tighten by hand. I cut the allen key down so it fits.

 
 
bioncleboy 1 point 7 months ago

What do you think of the silenix fans?

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I don't have anything bad to say. I find them silent, they feel well built and I like the option of using molex or 3pin without needing an adaptor. If I was in the market for fans SilenX would be on my list of "approved brands".

 
 
Rakirs [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

You could have gotten a better gpu if you didn't get the ssd

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Which gpu should I have gotten?

 
 
famousken 1 point 6 months ago

Dude. Can you tell me your FPS on EVERY game you have using the XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB? hehehe. Thank you. :))))))))

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Probably not. Average in Sleeping Dogs benchmark is 53fps, low is 36 with all settings at their max except AA and high res pack. Any games in particular you want to know?

 
 
famousken 1 point 6 months ago

Crysis 3, Hitman: Absolution, Max Payne 3, Batman Arkham City, The Witcher 2, Far Cry 3, Skyrim. haha. too many.

 
 
bOOsted [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Farcry 3 I played on high with around 45fps. Batman Arkham Asylum plays at max settings, I can try City tomorrow if you want. Every game will play at 1080. Keep in mind I have the 1gb card too, Farcry easily maxes that out, probably Sleeping Dogs too.

 
 
famousken 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks. :)