So soon I will be graduating from college and I will be moving into a smaller apartment where there is not much space. With the space restrictions I will not be able to bring my Main rig I use. So instead of going without a PC I decided to build a small, power efficient, and relatively powerful pc for under $400.
I bought the A8-7600 the big reason here is the ability to change the TDP between 65w and 45w in addition 4 cores is pretty nice for 75 dollars. I used a Arctic 64 GT cooler which can be had for less than 9 dollars on amazon and it is super quiet and cools up to 70w TDP. Initially I wanted to do a dual graphics solution but my initial experiments with the r7 240 and 250 in tandem with the A8-7600 I purchased for this build were unsatisfactory to say the least. I instead opted for a Low-profile GTX 750ti which I then proceeded to overclock it. I used a logisys CS6801 case because it was cheap and that is about it. I removed the Power Supply before it could have the chance to explode and replaced it with a 80+ 300w psu from FSP group which has been fantastic it is quiet, efficient, and affordable. Although, it is rather ugly but it has the performance I want. I picked up a cheap A58 FM2+ motherboard from ECS on amazon and it has performed wonderfully I also added little aluminum heat sinks to the VRMs on the motherboard just to be sure everything runs smoothly. I am using 16GB of RAM I found a DDR3-1600 dual channel kit from team elite for $55. I work in IT so I use plenty of RAM for VMs and remote work. I picked up 120GB ssd from corsair and a cheap 5400k Toshiba HDD off amazon for OS storage and data storage. Finally I bought I DVD drive for 12 bucks off of ebay and some silent 80mm fans for intake and exhaust.
This build runs great I am running two 900p displays and I am able to run all my games at that resolution at high at over 30 fps with most games averaging around 40. I get great performance for the price I paid. I can run games like XCOM2 , The Division (beta), and Atilla Total war around 30-40 fps at 900p. It also runs great as a media server.
Fantastic little "quad core" core less than $80. Its performance is good and it runs cool and efficient for a AMD based part
Its cheap, quiet, and cools sub 70W TDP chips .... enough said.
Very basic board lacks major features of its A68,78,88 brethren like USB 3, Sata 3, built in WIFI. It has the bare basics PCI-E 3.0 x16, Gigabit Ethernet, and UEFI Bios. Great for a budget build and for those who want simplicity.
Cheap RAM I have used it before. Does not support XMP but I just wanted capacity at a low price. I like it a lot and would recommend it to anyone who needs discount RAM.
It works and is sufficiently faster than a traditional HDD. Nothing special
Ahh yes I love the 750ti apart from the r9 290 and the GTX 970 this card has a soft spot in my heart. The fact this thing is a low-profile card and does not require a power connector is awesome. Combined with the fact that this card is efficient and powerful and for me has run games like Star Citizen, Atilla Total war, and Ark survival evolved at playable framerates (30FPS +) makes this card and excellent choice for a tiny/affordable build.
This case is nothing special it came with a junky PSU which I threw out. But it does have good airflow and is very affordable.
Its a DVD combo drive.