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Budget APU Gaming
by bradenfontaine
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Description

Gaming under $600, nothing fancy, first build, plays Skyrim on high settings with a few mods. Built this oh a whim and had not much of an idea of what i was doing. Just bought a couple parts here and there every payday, slowing building it from just reading forums. Once i got all the parts i actually took a day off from work and put her together, carefully reading every bit of literature that came with every single part. I might add that using a non modular PSU was a mistake... She booted flawlessly and installed Windows without an issue, boom, i had done it.

First thing i did was install Steam and start downloading, first was Skyrim, i added every mod i could find that appealed to me. Loaded the game and the first load said it was optimized for high settings... wait, what? yeah...

Glorious, on a 720p display i was playing Skyrim on an APU and it looked better than my PS3 on 1080p. I couldnt believe it. I called up my PC buddy and told him to come check it out, he looks at the display and says "yeah man, looks good", he then cracks open the case and then backs away slowly. I ask him what is wrong and he simply says "where is your GPU?!" poor guy, he had just blown more than $1,000 on his build and his looks just as good as mine. Now to build a better one, i gave this to my wife and daughter, planned on building a better one, until i got an email from AMD...

Details
Date PublishedApril 29, 2014
AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle13.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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LordOfTots [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Just a hint, people tend to down vote on here if you don't include a detailed description and multiple pictures. People are picky but it's what they're here for :p

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

thank you for the heads up

 
 
AgentTran 2 points 4 months ago

What resolution are you playing at? Are you using an external GPU running in crossfire with your A10 or no?

I don't know how strong APU's are, but if they can run Skyrim at High on 1080p they are much stronger than what I had judged them to be.

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Nothing other than the integrated graphics on the APU, couldn't tell you the exact resolution at the moment, high settings at 720p. Plays Tomb raider on high as well, neither have any issues.

 
 
larsG35 [1 Build] 3 points 4 months ago

I just did a build with a 7850K and overclocked the CPU to 4.1GHz. Plan on overclocking the GPU slightly as well.

I was pretty impressed by it's performance. Obviously the most recent graphically intense games are far too much for it, but if you stick with 3+ year old games or can manage with Medium graphics, it's a great deal.

(Not saying the the 7850K is the most cost efficient gaming solution atm, but I had to try HSA out. Looks very promising for the future)

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I'm actually about to try out the 7850k with an R7 250 in the next two weeks...

 
 
aludka 2 points 4 months ago

+1 for the build. For sub 600 it looks fine.

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you, was intended as a general web surfing build, until I saw what an APU was capable of.

 
 
infinitemerald 2 points 4 months ago

WHAT? WHAT WAS THE EMAIL ABOUT??? I HATE CLIFFHANGERS! D:

Nice build BTW

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

That's a story best told on the build I'm about to complete ;)

 
 
Novapilot28 3 points 4 months ago

Ooh, you have another build coming up. Please share!

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

Bulk of the parts came in this morning, waiting on the case to come in tomorrow, and one more part next week... then ill post pics and a write up ;)

 
 
Novapilot28 2 points 4 months ago

Sits down and starts fidgeting*

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago
 
 
Novapilot28 2 points 4 months ago

Sorry, don't have a flickr account. Bet it looks great though!

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

your comment makes me sad :(

 
 
Novapilot28 1 point 4 months ago

Sorry, but why? For some reason my phone won't let me create a Yahoo account :/

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

basically a pic of "PC Christmas" that arrived this morning.

 
 
Novapilot28 1 point 4 months ago

Well, I can view pics from imgur.com perfectly well

 
 
 
 
Novapilot28 2 points 4 months ago

Beautiful my friend! But couldn't you have gotten a better PSU. Raidmaxs' are known to be junk

 
 
Novapilot28 2 points 4 months ago

I suggest asking around the forums about that particular PSU before putting the system together. I'm sure it won't be under heavy load but we wouldn't want to try your parts would we?

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

im hearing quite bad things about that PSU, but on the other hand im seeing quite a few good responses from those who dont push it hard, which i dont think this build would push it at all really. im so confused now. from what i understand from reading, its ok to go overkill on the PSU because the more it has to work the shorter the lifespan, so if im only going to be pushing around 200ish watts then this should never go under strain. am i wrong?

 
 
Novapilot28 1 point 4 months ago

Well, I suppose that if your peak load if somewhere from half to 1/4 of the rated output then you shood be fine. It's just that the manufacturer is not usually trustworthy. Ah well, it should be fine. Don't need to waste more cash on it too.

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

i RMA'd it and got a different PSU

 
 
Novapilot28 1 point 4 months ago

Ah, I see you chose the rosewill hive. Pretty decent PSU. Try and do a better cabling job for your next build please since it's modular :D

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

new build is up buddy ;)

 
 
infinitemerald 2 points 4 months ago

Please hurry! I can't bear the suspense! :D

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

just waiting on parts my friend, trust me, i cannot wait either!

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

new build is up

 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Nice budget build. I will not comment on the cables. :-)

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

oh man, if you knew how hard it was to get them looking this well. i spent more than an hour trying to route through this case, but it is so small and the PSU is not modular, oh god why didnt i get a modular...

 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah I could never go back to non modular. I feel your pain.

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

i didnt know! i really had no idea what i was doing honestly.

 
 
hardscoper9v [2 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

how you like the a106800? i just got the a10 6790k and overclocked it to 4.4 ghz and i love it

 
 
bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

having issues with heat using the stock cooler, but i soon plan on installing an aftermarket cooler.problem is im using a micro case so im limited.

 
 
hardscoper9v [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I am having troubles with the stock cooler too. I am buying a new one this weekend. I didnt think about your case...

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bradenfontaine [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

will post better pictures this evening when i get off work

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