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First computer build (practice)

by Im2Epic4U



Date Published

Oct. 19, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 17, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

60.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

758 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

667 MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

4.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

26.0° C


This was mainly a practice build and this was the first ever computer build I have made. I will be making another one in about two months (December 2018).

A problem I had at first was that the display wasn't coming on when I turned the computer on. I decided to take everything out of the case and then power it on outside of the case. At that point the display turned on and I installed Windows 10, and then I just needed to put it back into the case with it still working. I managed to get that accomplished and I will have some pictures uploaded after I am done writing this.

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cmdr_flint 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

For a practice attempt and with the parts you had, that's a pretty good job, especially the problem solving when there was no display out.

Could do with some work on the cable management, but since its not a showcase build, if it's functional it's a success :)

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks for the feedback! I know my cable management isn't the greatest, and at one point I did try to route the cables in the back, but that was hard because the PSU is on the top and there isn't much space back there not to mention the cables not long enough to effectively fit back there. Later on when I build my real computer I'll be better at cable management as I will get a bottom-mounted PSU as well as a a Fractal case which I've heard has good cable management space.

Gizio 2 points 5 months ago

Good build for just a 100 £/$ but please work on the cable management. It’s not just for asthetic it also helps with air flow... and the ability to sleep at night.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

Linus Tech Tips did a video about cables and airflow and found unless the cables hit the fans and stops them from spinning there is no noticeable difference in cooling. Though making sure cables stay out of the fans (like the CPU fan cable drooping right in front of the CPU fan) then that is all you need to do for function. Though I agree tidy cables looks a lot better for the aesthetics of the build.

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I guess that's right, though when I get a better case and PSU I'll be sure to cable manage better. Thanks for the feedback though!

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Not much I could have done, like I said in the other comment I couldn't do much since it was a top-mounted PSU and the backside of the case didn't have a lot of room nor were the cables that long for me to put back there. Thanks for the feedback though!

LabtecLCS 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Pretty sure that AMD APU's graphics are way better then the graphics card you have. You'll also likely be limited by the 2gb of RAM- I would get another stick if possible. Not a bad job for a practice build, though.

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It was mainly a build to see if I'm capable of building a computer that works, which I did. It wasn't really for performance or anything like that, hence why I called it a "practice build". Thanks for the feedback though!

LabtecLCS 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Good luck on your next (real) one!

elvarg9685 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

great job! sometimes just building something is satisfying!

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Agreed, it is satisfying to build yourself a working computer! Thanks for the feedback!

mrjynx87 1 point 5 months ago

So I'm really thinking of picking up the same set up because well I'm mental when it comes to computers but I'm very good with mechanical work. What kind of performance have you seen out of this set up? I'm just wanting something to stream videos and maybe play fallout 3 lol. Mostly I'm just amazed how cheap it is to build a PC. Great job

Nullarc77 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

You would get much better performance out of this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $59.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI - A320M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $58.99 @ Newegg
Storage Patriot - Burst 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $36.99 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill - Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $18.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $274.93
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $244.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-20 23:02 EDT-0400
gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I'm just pointing out some stuff: ram is too slow for your cpu and dito for the limited 2gb. 1866mhz ram would be optimal for your A6.

as already said, that discrete gpu is inferior to the integrated graphics from the APU you used.

have fun on your December build!

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Didn't care much about performance, I just wanted to build a computer for the first time and see if it booted, and it did. I did do some benchmarks though, like aida64, cinebench, and some others.

Same thing as above.

Thanks! If you want to see the parts list for that build, then here you go! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nZ2QKB

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

in that case: mission accomplished! The December build looks promising. Glad to see you will most likely get nvme ssd. Prices have gone down the past couple months, it's so easy now to consider them even when budget gets limited.

Keep on building!

SDALAL 1 point 5 months ago

Did the case come with fans or did you buy the case fans separately? I'm making a entry level AMD build and i'm using the same case. It is my first build and I don't know if I should buy case fans.

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

There's 2 fans and both came with the case. There is a solid blue one in the back as exhaust which is visible and then there is a clear fan at the front that has a blue LED when you turn the system on at the front for intake.

SDALAL 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks. I am going to be building a system and wanted to know if i had to buy fans.

Tlinatl 1 point 4 months ago

I was going to get an Athlon 200 the same on that was used in the PC do you recommend it for medium class games?

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I don't know, for my system with the integrated graphics, which is better than the dedicated, I played Minecraft and averaged 15 fps, 5-20 fps range. With an FPS boosting mod called "OptiFine", though, I managed to get around 55 FPS average ranging from 40-65 FPS.

Th3_Lui 1 point 3 months ago

did you buy windows 10?

Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I downloaded the installer for Windows 10 Pro and so far I haven't had any issues with "Activate Windows". So no, I haven't.

Th3_Lui 1 point 3 months ago

can you please give me the link to windows 10 pro installer. Thank You

Th3_Lui 1 point 2 months ago


Im2Epic4U submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

No problem! Sorry for the late response!