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A10-5800k Light Gaming Build (First-Timer)
by mateuszr
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So, after doing a decent amount of research, I decided it was time for me to build my first computer. Like the title says, this is my first time doing it, so I'm sure it's not going to be up to par with other experienced builders. Hopefully my cable management isn't TOO bad. By the way, I'm 15, so don't be too harsh on me. :)

Note: Some of the pictures were taken before I did a little bit of cable management, so please look through all of them before you chastise me for doing it so poorly. :)

CPU: At first I wanted to do a Phenom + 7770 build, however I realized that I would never really need the power of he R7770 because I don't really game that much. All I really play is just TF2, and that's probably the least graphically intensive game out there besides Minecraft and Minesweeper. So, this processor ended up being just what I wanted/needed. As for the graphics, it's pretty good despite the fact that it's integrated.

CPU Cooler: For a stock cooler, it's decent. It does pretty well with a tiny bit of overclocking. As of right now, it's clocked at 4.1, and the heatsink/fan seem to be holding up.

Motherboard: I really didn't need a $150 motherboard with Crossfire and other bells and whistles, so I settled on this mobo. For the price, it's fairly good. All I really needed out of it was USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/S, and I couldn't care less about everything else.

HD: All I used was a standard WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Hard Drive. Not much to say about it. It's fast and reliable (so far).

Case: For a case of this price, I have to say that I give it 4/5 stars. My two major complaints are lack of cable management space, and loud fans. The cable management space I'll forgive because it's a relatively cheap case and it's Micro-ATX. However, the fans are simply too loud. Especially the blue LED one in the front. What I found to be helpful was to move the Blue LED fan to the vent hole, and move the back fan to the side. After doing so, the fans didn't sound as loud, or at least, they didn't seem to sound as loud as before.

Just one last thing: I wanted to ask you guys what your oppinions are on what upgrade route I should take in a 3-4 years. Should I just add a discrete GPU and overclock the APU, or should I buy an entirely new processor and mobo in addition to the graphics card?

Part List
Details
AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
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talby [8 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

+1, nice build, good budget choices all-around.

You are right, the cable mgmt was horrible, putting it in the case cleaned it up a little bit.

What I do in cases that have no cable mgmt, is use a lot of zip ties and they kind of become it's own cable management if you know what I mean - I usually connect the cpu +12v and ATX cable and from there just start zipping away once I start connecting everything else.

If the fans are really that loud you can try and put them at 5v and see how the temps are, I would use the floppy connector to re-wire, or you get get a molex adapter like one of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812311003

Would be handy if in in the future, if you decide to re-task this rig as an HPTC or something...

I agree w/ the consensus, in 3 years you are probably better off just getting a whole new setup.

cheers

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I'll probably use it as a server when I build another computer.

 
 
Erikus [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

I would definitely upgrade in 3 or 4 years. You would benefit much more from a totally new setup than trying to get your build now up to standard.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I think it looks pretty good for a budget build. Personally down 3-4 years, I would get a better processor with a graphic cards.

 
 
phusionplus 3 points 9 months ago

You know you can crossfire the cpu/apu with dedicated gpu. It a low end card but the performance is significantly better.

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I'm already planning out my next build... :)

 
 
phusionplus 1 point 9 months ago

You know you can crossfire the cpu/apu with dedicated gpu. It a low end card but the performance is significantly better.

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mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

That was actually one of the cases I researched when I was finding out what parts to buy. However, I'm a sucker for the smaller, micro-atx cases (Even though the cable management is atrocious!).

 
 
Deathwyhsh 1 point 9 months ago

I actually have an A10 as well and overclocked it to where im able to run battlefield 3 on high. So know that its not impossible in case you want to get to playing more graphically demanding games. What you'd need to do is rather than overclocking the Processing power, you need to overclock the amount of data the integrated GPU uses.Nice work though!

 
 
Matryoshka [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Mind telling me how far you overclocked/settings? My gaming performance decreased when I overclocked. lol.

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

^ Ironic isn't it... :)

 
 
Matryoshka [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I feel as though you're hinting at a Matryoshka doll. I'm not totally sure though.

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hahaha I was just saying that it's ironic that you're overclocking to get more performance, yet you're actually getting the complete opposite. :)

 
 
Deathwyhsh 1 point 9 months ago

processing power left at 4.1, memory towards GPU is 2GB. I have 8GB of CAS 9 2400 which is what really makes the difference in an APU.

I have gw2 at high settings running at 55-57fps tf2 at 119-172 fps bf3 at 40-55 fps.

Im sure i wont be able to run bf4 at high at all though, seeing its going to be way too graphically intense :(

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

this is a very good overall selection of parts at this price point. i love seeing APU-centered budget gaming machines!

btw: where did you get that RAM for that price? 8GB of 2133MHz RAM for $43 is a flippin' steal!

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Originally it was $62.99 USD, but I had a $20 credit so I used that up.

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

damn, even at $63 that's a steal! :D

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

how did you get the RAM that cheap!

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Originally it was $62.99 USD, but I had a $20 credit so I used that up.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

wow that is cheap!

 
 
KingOfKhazmidan 1 point 9 months ago

What kind of performance are you getting

 
 
mateuszr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

To be honest, I don't have any specific specs, but to give you an idea:

Minecraft (Highest settings) - 60 fps TF2 (Highest Settings) - No clue what the specific fps is, but it's fairly smooth.

I'm sure if you Google it you'll find more benchmarks on it.

 
 
ravagex 1 point 9 months ago

Solid for what your doing

 
 
Xanryuu 1 point 6 months ago

This is almost the exact same build I came up with for my first rig. The only difference is that I got my A10 for $30 cheaper, a different case, and a slightly more expensive optical drive. Mine ended up being about $100 cheaper though because I don't have to worry about buying an OS, but yeah.

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] -1 points 9 months ago

Just to tell u that the outside of the motherboard anti static bag is actually conducts static electricity

 
 
Rollin489 1 point 9 months ago

umm no...no it doesnt. Thats a myth like bigfoot or hopping on one foot when you have the hiccups

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I think it reaches the level of Lonch Ness Monster: Everybody has seen it, nobody can prove it, hehehe