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Spare Parts Build

by Pawacorn

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4 Comments

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Date Published

April 23, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

954MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.8GHz

Description

I had a lot of extra spare parts and made a spare PC for extra tasks. Got a great deal on the Athlon X4 860K for $50 at Newegg. This is pretty decent for Photoshop, Audio Encoding and Internet Usage etc. There's no need to overclock any time soon so the stock cooler will do.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good multi-core performance for my uses. Works good with DDR3-2400. The stock cooler isn't very good at keeping the X4 860K cool though, unless you run the stock cooler fan at full speed.

Motherboard

The ASRock A88M-G/3.1 is a great value, and easily one of the best end-of the line motherboards for FM2+ and has USB 3.1, a M.2 slot (it doesn't support SATA M.2 SSDs, just M.2 PCI Express modules), and newer CPU/APU support out of the box without having to update the BIOS. The color scheme looks great.

Memory

This high speed DDR3 RAM really brings out the potential of the Athlon X4. I loaded the XMP profile in the BIOS and it loaded with no problems. Ideally, FM2+ builds respond better to high bandwidth RAM.

Video Card

I needed a dedicated video card for this build for the lack of a iGPU, but not really for gaming. I would have got a Radeon R7, but I really didn't want to spend much so I found this. The heatsink is pretty beefy. The card actually feels heavier than it looks. It runs cool and it's good for video playback. Don't buy this for gaming.

Case

It's compact and looks great. There is a problem with the clips that hold the fan in the front. It just doesn't hold the fan perfectly and feels cheaply made as sort of an afterthought. The power LED is very bright! Otherwise, it's a good case.

Power Supply

I've had this for a few years and it's always worked like it should. No complaints.

Optical Drive

It works fine for burning discs, but it rips music CD's very slowly.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 17 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Nice to see you using some spare parts. I remember seeing the Athlon X4 860K for $49.99 on Amazon Prime and Newegg in April, Good catch I say. Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

Pawacorn submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks, I will enjoy it! It's snappier than I expected, even with just 4GB of RAM.

Gentleman00 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I'd say you could go with Pentium G4560 for 10$ more, but I think Athlon will be enough.

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Pawacorn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I might get the Hyper T2 later because you don't have to remove the motherboard to install it lol. But I have so many spare fans I just had to put them somewhere.