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AMD A10 light gamer built (mostly) by my kids - APU Only ($670)

by swirlystar



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I built this with my boys (7and 9 years old) so that they could play MMO's, Minecraft, Youtube, Watch DVD's etc. This is my second build from scratch.

First we put the all the motherboard parts together: CPU&Fan, RAM and um... yeah. Then I breadboarded it all together and installed the software and their favorite games on the HDD then took it apart and put it all back in the boxes. Then on Friday afternoon we put it all together and as soon as they snapped the cover on they could fire it up and play games. I did do a bit of cable management for them tonight to make it pretty for the pictures, but they put most everything else together (I did the cpu and some of the tinier screws like the SSD tray).

I left it super simple and stock for starters and spent more money on the nice big case and the modular PSU to make it as easy as possible to build with my kids. It will also provide for fun projects in the future as we upgrade the cpu fan/heatsink and overclock, put in a crossfired 6670, more HDD's for media and backups, etc, etc. In the meantime, with no tweaking beyond installing the drivers and forcing the mobo to recognize the speed of the RAM, we can play all of our games on at least low-mediumish settings with great frame rates (sorry, I don't know how to benchmark that stuff... yet).

The price it shows is incorrect, as the prices have already all shifted. I ended up paying about $670 for everything including OS and monitor. Anybody thinking about about a build like this for their kids could do it for under $550 with a more inexpensive case, smaller non-modular PSU and conventional HDD.

The only problem I had was the when I was test booting the system on the breadboard with just the cpu/mobo/RAM I was getting five post beeps. Even though I was getting to the bios screen, I was reading that 5 beeps mean your motherboard could be fried etc. After a whole night of searching and trying and searching some more, fsbain, who built this, said that he had the same problem and that it just goes away once you have the whole system together. I proceeded putting the rest of the system together (going with unconfirmed windows until I knew everything was working) and it's been flawless ever since.

We're all very happy. I can't tell you how fun it is to get to finally play MMO's with my kids =D Can't wait to build the next one so all three of us can play together!

Thanks to all who helped!

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TestBuilds 5 points 51 months ago

Good thing you went with faster RAM, since the integrated graphics uses that. It would otherwise be a bottleneck.

ry123an 2 points 51 months ago

This is a pretty decent build but make sure the psu is enough to crossfire with a 6670

swirlystar submitter 3 Builds 3 points 51 months ago

It should have plenty of room running normally but I don't know how much overclocking increases power consumption. Does anybody know what I would need to have the APU crossfired with a HD 6670 and everything overclocked?

ry123an 1 point 51 months ago

with overclocking you dont really no unless you have tried and just put the same build on pc partpicker with the 6670 and check the wattage

lutzee 4 Builds 3 points 51 months ago

There is plenty of headroom with that PSU, a 6670 xfired with the APU should be fine

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TestBuilds 1 point 51 months ago

Yeah, if you look at his part list it only requires 175 watts (not completely accurate but you know), so he should be fine.

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ry123an 1 point 51 months ago

it's also nice to see someone who has done some research on the parts they want to use

Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Exactly, getting the quicker RAM to run in conjunction with the APU was a smart move and the Vertex 4 is a superb SSD.

Intoxxed 1 point 51 months ago

Great build! Personally I went for A10-5700 for the lower TDP, a 64GB ssd and a 500 HDD. That leaves plenty of room for expansion as kids get more into computers. Have you managed to get your ram performance up to the 2133 MHz, from what I've seen FM2 is locked at 1866MHz with OC right now?

swirlystar submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I'm able to set it to 2133 in the BIOS, but have to do it manually. I haven't tested it yet though. Hoping to get to that tonight... we'll see =)

swirlystar submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Sorry a little late. Yes , as far as I can tell the ram is running at 2133. I'm new to this, so maybe I'm not testing it properly but all of the monitoring I've done while working on my overclock shows it's running at 2133. I did have to set the RAM speed manually though as it was detected at 1600.

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swirlystar submitter 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

It definitely supports the faster RAM according to benchmarks. http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/46073-amd-a10-5800k-trinity-needs-faster-ram/?page=3

It won't detect the high speed RAM automatically (at least with my MoBo), but once you set it manually in the bios, it will work properly.

I'm not current on deals and stuff on hardware as I haven't looked at it in a few months but I would make sure you pick a psu from this list. It's not exhaustive, but everything on there has been thoroughly tested and is quality through and through and you can find some great deals. http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

Last bit of advice. This site is really for people who've built their machines to talk about their builds. Lots of people use it to get advice and some are successful but you'll get a lot more responses and better reception if you talk about your build stuff here: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc You can even copy into reddit table form from your partpicker build page so you can just paste into your thread and get a nice table with links etc. The two are meant to work together in that way.

Good luck and have fun with your build =)

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Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Was the 20" screen fine?

MattTheWorm 0 points 51 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ys2 Check out my build! I need the feedback, and some suggestions on what to add/ fix.

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