Description

Before anyone comments on the use of an APU, please read the description first. I understand this isn't the most impressive build, but I think the Aerocool DS is an understated case as there is a lot of room within the case to do some big things!

This originally started as a pre-built system in September 2014, the parts with no prices were all bought for around £300. At the time I knew very little about PC's and thought the APU would cater for all my needs, which was playing games like DOTA 2 and WoW. Shortly after buying this, I realised that in fact AMD's APU's are useless for any sort of gaming...

This is where the obsession began, I bought the GTX 660ti for a fair price off eBay September 2014, went to place it into my PC and realised that the PSU provided didn't have the 2 x 6pin connectors required for the GPU... After desperately looking around my local area for a shop that sold a reasonable PSU, I found the CX750. I crammed the GPU and PSU into the case I got with the pre-built and was over the moon with playing my games on full settings and decent FPS!

However, after opening my case a few times, I couldn't live with myself knowing that all the cables were crammed into my case, untidy. I travelled to my nearest specialist PC shop and fell in love with the Aerocool DS case, brought it home and began my first re-assemble of a PC and cable management, which I felt extremely happy with! I felt that the APU was running a little hot with the stock cooler, so I bought the CM Seidon which brought the temperature down nicely. I also swapped out the stock front fan for the case, as this does very little for airflow and the Bitfenix Pro pushes a large amount of air through well.

I have have this set-up through 2015 which has served me well for the types of games I play to a reasonable graphics detail / FPS.

I also purchased a Samsung 120Gb 850 Evo for the operating system, and I was 100% impressed with the loadings and transfer from HDD - SSD.

The Future

This year I will be looking to upgrade for a Skylake build, I've been curious about the i5-6600k and fancy a little dabbling into overclocking! At this moment in time I also like the look of the GTX 970, but I can wait until the new Nvidia Pascal GPU's arrive this year. I also feel I need to tidy up the cables at the front of the case, which I will do some custom braiding and heat shrink.

Thanks for looking! Again please no flames about the APU + GPU, everyone has to start somewhere and makes mistakes...

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice backstory here, perfectly explains the odd choice of some parts. While I don't remember looking at any benchmarks of the A10-6800K precisely, I can tell you APUs aren't that bad. The A10-7850K for instance, should never dip under 30 fps in battlefield 4 1080p in low to medium settings, but again I don't know about the performance of you APU. What I do know is that for the iGPU to work better you should use the highest frequency ram you can find, aswell as running them in dual channel. That way you increase the bandwidth available to transfer data and improve overall performance. Still, in the end you got a quite decent pc, so save up for that skylake and join us in the wait of Pascal/Arctic Islands for the future ^.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I admit it did turn out as a bit of a frankensteins monster build! It was definitely a fun learning curve / new obsession! I have also read about faster RAM improving the IGPU, and I honestly think the APU performs well as a standalone CPU as I've never encountered any issues. But a lot of people on PCPP complain when someone buys an APU then pairs it with a dedicated GPU!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1 I still love those old 660ti gpu s. Thanks for posting.