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1st Build/Budget Gaming PC

by HeatherHaze



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My first build in over five years, mainly for media server and gaming purposes. Loving it so far _^ Uploaded a new pic of interior prior to putting in the GPU. I originally ran this without the GPU due to initial budget constraints hence the APU choice for the CPU, then upgraded the GPU. I put in the larger PSU just to future proof it for which already worked out well with adding the discrete GPU to the initial build. Also the single stick RAM choice was just due to being the only 8GB 1866 RAM my Micro Center had in stock at the time, didn't have the cash for a matched 16GB set and didn't want to get lower clock speed RAM. Anyone wondering why the board was so cheap is due to a $40 instant rebate MicroCenter had on A-10 and any board combos.

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MySong 11 points 49 months ago

IGPU wasted.

DjArtifact 7 points 49 months ago

I would have gone with a 750k and 2 sticks of 4gb ram.

twizmwazin 1 point 49 months ago

why? I could understand the dual sticks of 4Gb ram, but why a 750k... seems a bit dated.

DjArtifact 3 points 49 months ago

A 750k is basically a 6800k without the GPU. It's the perfect budget CPU.

JakeyU72 3 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Any pics of the inside?

mweeblwobbl 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

When hanging with AMD, it's always a safe bet to get an aftermarket cooler. Keeps the temps lower for overclocking, and stops the fan whining like a motherhubbard.

dalethezombie 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

tell me about it, my fx 8350's fan screams like a child when under load.

HeatherHaze submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

This the first unlocked CPU I've bought, any recommendations for a solid aftermarket processor cooler ?

mweeblwobbl 1 Build 3 points 49 months ago

A lot of my friends recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, which has a low noise combined with a wide range of fan speeds. However, if it's too large for your case, you can swap it for the TRR-H101-22FK-RA, which is around half the price with some good power.

kylewise16 2 points 49 months ago

You kinda skipped out on the PSU, I would recommend getting a higher quality power supply.

JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

man -1 votes you guys are harsh.

Rollin489 1 point 49 months ago

Is it possible to crossfire a 7790 with the integrated graphics? That would end up giving you pretty good bang for your buck if its possible

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Unfortunately no...

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Why a 600 watt PSU? Are you upgrading in the future? And I don't understand the hate on this build, it's really not that bad. Yeah, you could've just used the APU, but still, for $475 that's not bad!

tophero 2 points 49 months ago

Probably the APU + GPU combo or the single 8gb stick of ram.

Builder mentions use as a media server and gaming station so maybe it started out as a media server only and then they decided to decided to put the GPU in after already getting the APU/mobo.

Honestly, unless I was planning on not putting a GPU in, I would go for the FX-6300 in an AMD build for this budget range.

edit: could also be for lack of pictures as well :shrug:

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Because you can get this for the same price.

rsaj 1 point 49 months ago

That's the cheapest motherboard I've ever seen!!!

If you're happy with your build, then all is well. Nice job!

Kirito95 1 point 49 months ago

I would have put in a bit of extra money for a graphics card with 2GB of RAM. But overall not bad. :)

tazukia 1 point 49 months ago

Did the A10 work in the MSI out of the box or did you need to flash the BIOS? If it worked out of the box, where did you purchase it?

It appears only v2.0 MB's support a A10-6800k out of the box.

HeatherHaze submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

The Richland APU worked fine with the MOBO out of the box didn't need to update the BIOS, It shipped with version 2.1 BIOS, I bought the board through my local MicroCenter in Saint Louis. www.microcenter.com