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Budget APU Gaming

by bradenfontaine

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45 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.1GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

13.0° C

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...

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infinitemerald 1 Build 6 points 14 months ago

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

Nice build BTW

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

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

Novapilot28 3 points 14 months ago

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

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 2 points 14 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 14 months ago

Sits down and starts fidgeting*

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

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

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

new build is up

LordOfTots 1 Build 2 points 14 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 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

thank you for the heads up

AgentTran 2 points 14 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 8 Builds 1 point 14 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 14 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 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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

aludka 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

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

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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

thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

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

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 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 14 months ago

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

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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

hardscoper9v 2 Builds 2 points 14 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 8 Builds 1 point 14 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 14 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...

Damjan25 2 points 8 months ago

how's the cpu in adobe premiere ?

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

i have not personally used Adobe but here is what Tom's Hardware had to say about it. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-6700-a10-6800k-richland-review,3528-8.html

Fr33Th1nk3r 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Best story North America +1

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bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

will post better pictures this evening when i get off work

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wth265 -6 points 14 months ago

where is your video card? also not a big fan of cpu unless it's haswell but looks alright for low budget i just finished building a low budget computer for 700 and has better components personally but still good job

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

doesnt require a video card, plays games/video using the APU's internal GPU.

wth265 1 point 14 months ago

Ah ok sorry not to familiar with AMD more a intel guy

bradenfontaine submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

no worries, the lower cost and fact i didnt have to buy a video card were great selling points, adding a low cost graphics card would increase the FPS but i dont think its needed for simple gaming.