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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday happening I couldn't help but take advantage of some deals. For myself I ordered a new a8 6600K for my file server (couldn't keep up with SAB, Sickbeard, Couchpotato and Plex). My wife wanted an SSD for her laptop, so I got two, one for me and one for her. With that in mind I had some spare parts left...this is the result...

CPU: I am impressed with this guy, It's not the fastest in single threaded and doesnt have 4 or more cores, but it will hold its own with light gaming (minecraft, etc). It absolutely kills in web browsing, emails, office, etc.

Motherboard: Cheapest MITX board I could find at Microcenter, pretty happy with the price. I don't use the wifi so I can't comment on that. Was easy to build on, no issues.

Memory: Left over from another upgrade my File Server had. 4GB is enough to do potato things on the computer and game. I know APUs like faster ram and this was leftover from my Kaveri Build. It's 2133mhz but I can't find it on PC Part Picker.

Storage: I ended up buying myself and my wife 480GB SSD's when they were on sale during Black Friday. So I inherited her laptop hard drive, and my 1 TB that was hooked up to my g3258 gaming PC. I have the OS (ubuntu) installed on the blue drive since it's faster.

Case: I am a huge fan of this MITX box, its compact and looks very nice. It isn't very expensive and not that hard to build in.

PSU: I have had very good luck with Inland Power supplies and this one is no different. I just wish i spent the coin on the modular version, but oh well.

I intend to turn around and sell this computer on Craigslist. I thought about keeping it but I already have my main rig, a file server, and the HTPC gaming PC....Can't find a use for another Computer.

Hope you enjoyed my Potato build!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

put a potato sticker on the front

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

YEESSSSSSSSSS

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Can the APU handle games Like Portal or Portal 2?

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes it can

  • 63 months ago
  • -2 points

i wouldnt count on portal 2, maybe at the lowest settings

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, no. My absolutely horrible Compaq laptop I got at Walmart for about $220 (I think?) A few years ago can play Portal 2 Medium/High with no problems and between 28-36 FPS.

I knew the processor COULD play the game, but I meant to ask how well it could play it. And if a processor a few years older than it (C-60) can play it okayish, it HAS to be better than low.

  • 63 months ago
  • -2 points

well i guess we have different standards of gaming then cuz 28 fps is a no go for me, specially when not even on the best settings.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

This APU is not really meant for that, it is more of a HTPC APU then gaming. If you wanted to game on an APU you would need an A8 as a minimum and I would suggest an A10 in the least. For actual gaming I would not suggest an APU at all less you are trying to build a budget rig, and then high FPS is not what you should be expecting on any setting. Though the A10 can manage decently with the RAM overclocked enough.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

The Kaveri A10 is actually a beast of an APU, on my a10-7850k I was playing battlefield on low settings at about 40 fps at 1080p.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit of advise, APU's benefit hugely from faster RAM. I would go after something that can be overclocked to 1866MHz at least. With an APU the graphics chip uses your system RAM as VRAM (the ram in your graphics card) and 1333MHz is really slow for that, an APU is one of the few cases I would advise to overclock RAM.

Other then the suggestion this is a great looking build, and a great price. I'm not so sure about that PSU though, but for a $165 build who cares.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

After double checking, its actually 2133 MHZ ram that I had leftover from my Kaveri Build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Woot, got to love those surprises. I stand corrected, no suggestions on this is a great looking build. :D

Do you plan on overclocking the RAM past the 1600MHz standard? I think this APU would be very happy with 2133MHz RAM.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I need to get into the bios and mess around, its only seeing it as 1600

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty killer build. Case is probably the best part about it.

Would of been nice if you got a pic with it all assembled and booted up at the end though.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's one of y favorites for sure. BTW I used to have an Ecoboost f150...loved that truck! Now I have a Raptor...love that thing even more

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

It was a spare parts build, I didn't want to invest the money in a GPU. If it doesnt sell on CL then ill consider adding one.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

An APU has a graphics chip on board, so he technically has a graphics card or at least graphics processor. It uses system RAM, so the 1333MHz is really slow but still blows the socks off the intergraded graphics on an Intel chip (or non APU from AMD).

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