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I started off knowing very little about the hardware in a PC, but somehow I came to build my own rig. It is supposed to be a budget gaming PC. started off with a budget of £350 but that became £400 and then I just thought f**k the budget just dont spend too much. It took me about 3 hours to build as this was my first PC but it came together well and works fine. I am currently using Ubuntu until I get Windows 10, but it is fine for now. My apu was getting a bit hot so I got a hyper 212 evo and a few more fans, the mobo couldn't support all 6 fans so I got a fan controller for them. It runs most games on the source engine on a high fps such as portal 2 at over 80 fps and csgo at about 60 (not much to brag about but I haven't tried many games yet.) In hindsight, I would have used a better mobo and a smaller case as I am looking to buy a graphics card and my case looks a bit empty as the components are spaced out.

Update: I've recently bought the rx 480 Nitro+ as it was in my price range and it had a good price to performance ratio. BTW I'm not an Amd fanboy, I just happen to have an AMD cpu and gpu.

Update 2: Got tired of low frame rates in Cities Skylines and in certain areas in The Witcher 3 so I decided to get a new processor. I was considering the i5 6500 but I decided on the i5 6600k due to its overclocking capabilities. I chose the MSI Z170A M3 because it was within my budget and it looks nice, and I decided on Kingston Hyperx fury as of how well my old Kingston Beast ram performed.

If you are interested here are some rough benchmarks:

Witcher 3 max settings, Nvidia hairworks: off 60 fps in Velen & Skellige Frame rate drops to about 50-55 in Novigrad and Oxenfurt.

MGS:V max settings around 60 fps and occasionally drops to 55.

Cities Skylines max settings runs at a solid 60fps and runs at about 40fps when zoomed in on densely populated areas.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice APU gaming build, have not seen one of these in a while! Sounds like me, my plans for my PC elevated as I learned more and more about PC's! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice APU build, decent budget build. Proof that a GPU isn't the 'be all and end all' of a gaming PC, +1.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a super nice case though as well as all you parts. You can always sell the CPU/Mobo down the line to fund an upgrade with a GPU. Until then, this will serve you well.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why sell the CPU/mobo? Those are two of the most important parts in a build, assuming he has a job, it won't take him but a month or two to afford a 970 or something like that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have a job

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

*1st. 650w is overkill

*2nd.NEX series PSUs are so-so...

Apart from that, nice build!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The reason for the 650w is if I get a gpu, then I don't have to get a new psu but I admit it is still a bit overkill

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

well, at least it's overkill so you don't have any kind of problems

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this. Think more performance is available for the budget but not complaining. At least there's nothing evil in it. I'd try Linux Mint 18 when it comes out. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I ran into that oversize case thing with the Corsair 750D. If you go with SSD take out the HDD cage you have even more empty lonely space screaming for something to be added.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

My graphics card has helped to fill some more space but I'll probably get a larger mobo when I upgrade my cpu.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I think I'm ready to add a video card to my A10 7850k system and I'm looking at the RX 480. Is it a good pairing? I know it will be much better than the R7 on-die in the APU but what I'm really looking for is if the CPU cores will handle the higher graphics settings in games that the RX 480 can run with. Thanks and Great build !

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know about graphically intensive games as i am running Ubuntu, but it has made a massive improvement on games such as cities skylines which previously ran at 20fps average and now 60fps, but for the price to performance ratio, i would recomend it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah ubuntu

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