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A10-5800k Light Gaming Build (First-Timer)

by mateuszr

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CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

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?

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talby 9 Builds 3 points 21 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 21 months ago

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

Erikus 1 Build 3 points 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 months ago

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

spencerharden -4 points 21 months ago

good luck just made my first build ps im 15 too

phusionplus 1 point 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 months ago

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

mateuszr submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

^ Ironic isn't it... :)

Matryoshka 2 Builds 1 point 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 months ago

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

Apach3 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

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

l13199l 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

how did you get the RAM that cheap!

mateuszr submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

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

l13199l 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

wow that is cheap!

KingOfKhazmidan 1 point 21 months ago

What kind of performance are you getting

mateuszr submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 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 21 months ago

Solid for what your doing

Xanryuu 1 point 18 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.

jedimaster32 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

In one of the photos (#3) you have the LED fan on the rear of the case. Just wondering why you did that, and if you put it back in the front. Great build on a budget tho!

Side note: In the future, do NOT set your parts on that antistatic bag. The inside is protected, the outside is conductive. Probably not a huge chance it will actually damage your parts, but just a suggestion for next time (if there is one). Better safe than sorry, right? ;)

TNTrocks123 1 Build -1 points 21 months ago

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

Rollin489 1 point 21 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 21 months ago

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

jedimaster32 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

http://youtu.be/jQRIzgEVsjI?t=45s

I, for one, trust the word of an experienced tech professional.

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mateuszr submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

No, I didn't. The 6800k at the time I was purchasing my hardware cost aprox. $140-$160. I was looking for a sub-$500 build and the 5800k was all I needed. Please do your research before you post such naive comments.

spencerharden -8 points 21 months ago

i dont know if u will be doing much gaming with this if u have no video card

mateuszr submitter 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Like I said before, all I really play is TF2, which isn't very graphically intensive.

spencerharden -2 points 21 months ago

sorry didnt read the Description

mateuszr submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

That's okay. :)

BKost 3 points 21 months ago

Keep in mind without the OS this is a $400 pc. You normally get the most bang for your buck on a budget build if you go with the integrated graphics. He can always buy a 7770 or something down the road if he needs to. I bet if he looked for a lightly used card on eBay he could get an even better card for the same price.

+1 from me

spencerharden 2 points 21 months ago

im not saying it is a bad build and he/she did a great job for a budget build

Rollin489 3 points 21 months ago

this is an APU so technically he does have a graphics card, just built into the cpu which is is actually from what i understand pretty good for light gaming

spencerharden 1 point 21 months ago

not trying to be rude of couse

l13199l 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

light gaming bro, the cpu is an apu, its integrated graphics are decent enough to do what he wants

spencerharden -1 points 21 months ago

ok pls chill i get it i did not read the Description