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An APU build for a friend.

by abaszczynski

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49 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

Description

So this build was fun for me. A friend gave me a budget, and we talked about a few options he had. In order to keep prices as low as he was looking for, we ended up going with an APU. All in all, this project only took me about an hour of ACTUAL building time, seeing as the other 10 or so was software ********. He's using the machine for interweb surfing and light gaming. I like the way things turned out.

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PirateCoffee 11 points 23 months ago

Oh why Norton....

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I didn't even buy it for the computer, it came with one of the things I purchased.

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PickItApart 11 points 23 months ago

You put the RAM in wrong. It should have a space slot between them. This allows for dual channel. In your Bios it says single channel cuz one of the RAM sticks is in wrong slot.

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

I've since realized this and will be heading over to his place soon to make the adjustment.

DicktwisterTheSeccond -6 points 23 months ago

it actually varries from motherboard to motherboard. depends on each individual motherboard's layout.

PickItApart 2 points 23 months ago

I commented on his motherboard. And builder put RAM into the wrong slots. http://download.asrock.com/manual/FM2A75%20Pro4-M.pdf

Also, in the bios it says single channel. Pay attention.

DicktwisterTheSeccond -6 points 23 months ago

All i was saying was that some motherboards would need the RAM to be next to each other, and that the builder may have put them in the right slots. i didn't look at the pictures as most of the time they're just a finisher. i'm quite certain that when i commented you did not mention the bios at all, just the sticks, i was just correcting you on that statement.

PickItApart 1 point 23 months ago

No, in my original post i did mention bios; and I repeated it to remind you.

Goodeggray 4 points 23 months ago

You make very good choices given the budget you had to work with.

ExtremeBananas 3 points 23 months ago

nice! looks like you managed to pack some serious punch into a little over 500$ budget machine! Looks like a great pc!

Happy Gaming!

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

To the other person who built an APU build and got downvoted to crap:

This is the correct price range for an APU build, and he's using it correctly.

jakav001 2 points 20 months ago

Very solid! I have been putting together a build on a similar budget and I am using a lot of the same parts. It's nice to see solid cable management even on a budget build.

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Haha yeah, I really hate cables being out and about in a case, so it drives me insane when that's the only option.

Sabotage 1 point 23 months ago

I just put the cx500m in my brothers machine, it is such a nice psu! I like the parts and tons of pictures.

bogy1 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Love the Photos ! I did a similar build. Very happy with the performance for the price.

hunter32tz 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Meh I would of put a hyper 212 evo, but still a great APU build.

tylerfig 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

how is the cpu cooler? I always heard anything is better than the stock amd cooler

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I have it in my main machine, which does a lot more work than this one, and it kicks a lot of *** for being so small.

ck3 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I've never seen that ..

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

What's "that"?

ck3 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Dual channel RAM going side by side on the motherboard. I was responding to "DickTwisterTheSeccond."

SIRmisterD 1 point 23 months ago

Dang, what camera is he using to take those pics. Those were some awesome shots!

In my opinion, I think it was a nice build overall. There may have been a few mistakes here and there, but thats nature. We all make mistakes, we are humans. It's something we can't handle. I don't see the big deal, but people will hate. :/

Good job!

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Hah, I just used a little Canon A2200, cheap point-and-shoot. Thanks tho!

SIRmisterD 2 points 23 months ago

Oh, thanks! And I'm not kidding. Those pics were stunning! :D

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

How much RAM can you allocate to the iGPU on this Motherboard?

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

What do you mean? The max amount of ram the board can take?

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

How much RAM were you able to allocate as VRAM?

watermanjh 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

On some of the motherboards you can manually tell it how much RAM to use for the graphics processor side.

Alagamasha 1 point 13 months ago

My favourite case!

ExcaliburVII 0 points 23 months ago

Nice build! Tons of awesome pictures and your cable management is pretty good, too. APUs are great for light gaming, though it probably would've been a better idea to get the Richland APUs that just came out.

fsma92 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

and pay 30$ more the 6800k when the difference is barely noticeable? nah..

Spiral350 0 points 23 months ago

5% increase in performance for 15% higher price. No point.

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I purchased all the parts JUST before the new series came out. It's alright though, considering the minimal increase Richland has over the Trinity series.

PickItApart 0 points 23 months ago

I would have suggested faster RAM. 2133. It helps the APU a lot.

abaszczynski submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I would've gotten it, but the faster you go, the more money you spend. And the guy I was building for didn't want to pay more.

tygersrule -5 points 23 months ago

The difference between 1600-1866 is about 20%, whereas the difference between 1866-2133 is about 10% (thats being generous). ITs not worth the extra price.

PickItApart 3 points 23 months ago

Builder bought 8GB 1866 CAS9 for $79. Builder could have bought Corsair Vengeance 8GB 2133 CAS9 for $79; gain 10% performance. Totally worth it.

mousseng 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

We don't know that the builder bought the Viper for $79 - I know for a fact that it used to be on sale for about $50. It's debatable whether or not it is a better value to purchase 2133MHz memory over 1866MHz memory in general, but it seems likely to me that the 1866MHz memory was what would fit into the budget in this case.

tygersrule 1 point 23 months ago

That is worth it, i just missed that deal i guess.

PickItApart -2 points 23 months ago

or even better. G.Skill 2133 CAS11 for $73. I wouldn't suggest anything other than the 2133.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/46073-amd-a10-5800k-trinity-needs-faster-ram/?page=3

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

20% performance of 1600 is added when you switch to 1866, so we are now at 120% of the performance of 1600. With the jump to 2133 you gain another 10% of that 120%, which leaves us at 132% of the original 1600Mhz. What that means is that there is a total relative gain of almost 1/3 from 1600Mhz, and a relative gain over 1866 of 12%. 12% is a small number because we expect large numbers in performance gains like 30%, but 12% can mean a very large difference in an APU, that is why builds like this generally receive the full RAM treatment and 2133Mhz. Remember, the RAM that graphics are used to is GDDR5, and so when you build an APU PC, trying to get anything close to the memory of a graphics card isn't possible, but every bit makes a difference.

tygersrule 1 point 23 months ago

Well technically the only difference between DDR3 and GDDR5 is the bus size, but thats not the point. I understand how percentages work, but the extra 10% gain for around 30 dollars more isnt worth it.

Now, i did not know that there was 2133 Ram on the market for the same price, and that was my bad.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds -1 points 23 months ago

...for non-APU builds. APUs actually take advantage of the higher speeds because of it integrated graphics, and it would be a much higher performance difference, especially in gaming. You also have your percentages wrong. For non-APUs, there is almost NO performance difference between 1600 and 1866. Yes, it's not worth it for something like an 8350 or a 3570k, but it's definitely worth it for APUs.

tygersrule 1 point 23 months ago

those are the statistics for the performance boost that an APU would receive.

Nerdygamer28 -5 points 23 months ago

All of you saying that you should have gone for 2133, are trying to make his build more expensive. 5800k Does not have not have native support for 2133. The RAM speeds only boost performance of GPU, and with light gaming it's not going to make much of a difference. If you are a hardcore gamer, on a budget, go with a 6800k and 2133 speeds.

pavleap 5 points 23 months ago

If you're a hardcore gamer, get a dedicated GPU.

manirelli staff 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

err native support?

My 5600k runs 2133 with no issue.

noob_for_life 1 point 23 months ago

you should post your builds!

swagnuggets123 1 point 23 months ago

native upport ? ho care ?