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This is actually a build I did for my cousin. Basic build with some basic parts all purchased from Newegg. Only instructions I had were to keep it under $500. It won't be used for gaming but tested it out with Batman Arkham Origins, Tombraider and Bioshock Infinity and was surprised that they were all quite playable. I originally bought an ASUS A88XM-A board but the HDMI port did not work. I was also worried because the FPS when gaming were around 25 but when I received the replacement board FPS shot up to over 30 and even over 40 in some tests at medium - high settings.

I also tested overclocking and was able to get the processor stable at 4.2GHz but I didn't go very high on the voltages which would have probably gotten me to a higher overclock. I didn't include the H50 cooler in the final build though so only the GPU is overclocked to 1000MHz (EDIT: GPU is back to stock. Didn't really notice any difference in benchmarks.). Oh the Case I have is the CFI Bastet CFI-A4012 which I couldn't find here but it looks almost the same as the one included in the build.

He's an engineer who was using an old Core 2 Duo system with an 8600 GT and 4gb RAM until it died. His most used applications are ETabs and Revit so this will be used for the same as well as multimedia consumption (Plex, netflix, etc). Also should include that I just threw in an old SSD I had lying around. He is recycling the old HDs he had in his old PC once I ship this to him.

Temperature reporting is still screwy so I didn't include them. Probably would have gotten accurate readings using the utilities on the driver CD but I never installed them.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd still go for a Richland APU because they're significantly cheaper, if I were going to an APU build, but nice build nonetheless.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build,looks empty without a gpu but i've looked at benchmarks and that apu is killer!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I could throw in my old Radeon 4890 but I'd have to charge for that . It still serves me well in a Media Center/Gaming PC.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, +1.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'm really happy with the case. It actually feels like value instead of plain cheap. I wouldn't go for it at $50 but it was definitely a steal at $35.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1!

I would have used that extra 50 bucks in the budget to get an aftermarket cooler. Heck, even a 20$ one could have yielded a higher stable overclock. That's my only feedback.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but I'm billing $30 for my old SSD. That's one of the reasons I pulled the Corsair H50 I used to test the overclock. I wanted a CM 212 but it didn't fit in the budget. I have a cheap Arctic Alpine in another machine I may move that one over.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Me likely. Great RAM for that APU.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Was comtemplating going to 8GB 2400MHz but decided to go to 16GB. Think it would help with his CAD.

P.S. A more capable i5 with a cheap H81 board may have also been better but really wanted to build a Kaveri rig. Then I'd have to think about a $100 GPU, maybe skimp on RAM, prob drop down to an i3.......Ah....Kaveri it is!!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. I think you made the correct call, as this is an actual work pc. And you want that kind of RAM.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks like a really nice/good quality case. Nice build overall. +1 for Kaveri!