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Another first timer here. It was really fun piecing everything together. I put this together mostly surfing, video watching (hooked to plasma)and mild game play (Dragon age & 2). I don't really need ridiculous graphics or anything. I used to play them on an 8500GT and was perfectly happy. I bought all this stuff when the prices dropped. I also bought the SSD refurbished for about $20 cheaper. By the time it was all said and done I paid under $470 for everything. I recently ordered a $15 ARCTIC Alpine 64 Plus that I have yet to install. Don't really need it cooler, but want it quieter.

The case fit my needs nicely. It was a little difficult managing the cables but I expected that. I like having all the USB ports up front, and having 2 3.0 ports is a bonus.

I had some troubles to start with. I had my TV hooked to my HDMI port and my 22" monitor hooked to the DVI. I couldn't figure out why after MSI screen and loading Windows 8 on to the machine everything would go black. After unplugging the HDMI I realized it was sending the signal to the TV (TV was on but on a different input). After I got that straightened out I was much happier

It also kept defaulting my 1866 to 1600. After doing a little research I figured out how to change it and get all the timings right. It seems pretty stable now.

I may do some light overclocking at some point, but for now it is fine. Haven't run any benchmarks yet but Windows scores are 7.3, 7.4, 6.9, 6.9, and 7.9.

I may return the Samsung drive. I was trying to back-up a movie and it wouldn't read it properly. I tried a second movie and it acted strange with that one too. It has worked ok for a few days now though.

Aside from not being sure about Windows 8 the computer is awesome

I watched prices for about 2 months to wait for everything to hit the right spot. A bunch of parts dropped all at the same time. It was well worth the wait and everything came together nicely. Saved about $80 bucks by watching and waiting.

Lastly, and most importantly. I am so glad I found this site. It was awesome knowing that items were going to be compatible and to be able to track everything.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that CPU treating you? Just curious because i'm considering it for a build.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Been great so far. Honestly I haven't run it very hard yet. I did run a couple of movies through Handbrake and it did well. That is what convinced me to get a quieter cpu cooler though. The cooler just showed up today and I haven't put it on yet.

I was going to load on Dragon Age 2 just to test out the graphics but a new baby has slowed me down a little

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

its fine for gaming, its very budget, i made the same, but OC'd mine.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Depends on the use. For gaming it wouldn't be a smart purchase, but it's a great little cpu for a media/web browsing pc.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i just said this on a previous APU build as well: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2x2133c9r. This ram is cheaper, faster (better for an APU because of its higher frequency) and your motherboard supports it. :D hope it helps somehow

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I almost went with the 2133, but when I bought the 1866 it was only $47 on amazon. It has since gone up a lot. I was trying to keep everything under $500 on my build.

I was worried about not being able to get it stable at 2133 also. Like I said I don't do a ton of gaming so I figured getting to the 1866 mark would be all I needed.

Thanks for all the input everyone

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

ah. okay. thanks for clarifying

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i did a passmark test recently with my computer, (a10-5800k) the diffrence between 2400 vs 2133 is 200 pts in the 3d catagory.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm seeing a lot more A10 builds now. Definitely a good choice for a 1st build.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems like a great compromise for people who do light gaming and regular everyday uses.

I am finishing a basement and am already thinking about this chip or the next in it's line for an HTPC.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't say compromise, more like choice. for an HTPC i would recommend the A8 (*not K) since it uses less power and is cooler.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build, but why Windows 8? Please tell me you got it on discount.

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

Just get "Startisback"

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I downloaded a start menu app but haven't loaded it on yet.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured on a new build I might as well. I was pretty apprehensive about it. It's slightly annoying but you can work around most. I think I paid $80 for it.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 8 is great in my opinion. It is very annoying when you first start off with it, but it gets lovely quickly. I used to hate it, now I love it. It just needs some time.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm... but it seems like it's not the actual user interface that we're concerned about. Most of us here are gamers, and we're more concerned about performance. From what I've seen, Win8 looks good for performance, but just with a few games. What do you think?

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I play a LOT of games on my PC. Everything from the original Halo to Bioshock Infinite. Emulators too.

The only problem I've ever had when installing a game was Halo 2, but that's been a problem since Windows 7. There is a workaround but it's really vague.

Other than that, all the games I've ever tried run beautifully. As far as a performance difference between 7 and 8, nothing the naked eye can see. If one was to run benchmarks, you could probably find something, but nothing worthwhile.

The biggest reason I switched over to 8 was because of the faster bootups and the better USB 3.0 protocols.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. THanks

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  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

HA HA that's funny. Yeah cable management is tough in this case. Needed a small case to fit in the cabinet I have.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

And I've seen better constructive feedback....

He does have a decent build, I just dont like windows 8. But whatever floats OP's boat.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

His cable management is GREAT considering the case. Take a look at it on Newegg and ask yourself if you could do better.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

AwesomeRecover, consider this your last warning. Be polite, or I'll have to ask you not to return.

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