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AMD Budget Gaming Build

by Sohrab



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Hey guys! I'm 14 years old, and wanted/needed to build a PC! This was my first computer I built, for productivity and some gaming. The system works perfectly. I overclocked the CPU (APU) to 5.0 GHz, the only issues occurred when I went higher than that, Windows wouldn't load up. I have not seen any other errors than that. Gaming wise, it's not bad. I usually play racing games(NFS Rivals) and some occasional Call of Duty. It seems great so far, but I am thinking of upgrading the graphics... Maybe a r7 260x? I ended up spending around $800 with tax (As of now 970, with new GPU). I decided to go for a micro atx motherboard, because I wanted to build a small rig, but I ended up loving the Ultra defender II! So it looks kinda odd with the small Motherboard, but I will probably upgrade in the future. Well thanks for checking out my rig!!! I will add more internal photos soon :D (BTW I got the R7 260x)

*Two more thing, What monitor would you guys recomend? I'm in need of a new one. Mostly going to be used for productivity, some gaming and video/Photo editing. Please comment what you guys think. I'm also thinking of getting a sound card, for i'm a bit intomusic aswell, comment what you guys think I should get! Thanks.

(The pictures don't include the CPU Water cooler though. Using Nikon 3200)

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maxbailey 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

I personally would have not purchased an SSD. Also I would have gotten something like a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. Then I would have gotten something like an Nvidia GTX 760, or if you can find one, an R9 270x.

BabySquid 1 point 43 months ago

That is a nice budget build !

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago


sadeemshamoun 1 point 43 months ago

Hey, nice build. The only thing I recommend you to do is not to upgrade to a 750ti because then there would be no reason for the APU at all. You can't run both the APU and the 750ti because you can't Crossfire/SLI the GPU inside the APU and the dedicated GPU by nVidia. I would recommend you to get a 260x so that you can Crossfire the APU with the GPU and get more performance out of your rig. But keep in mind that you can only Crossfire with the R7 and R5 series so don't go with an R9 card. Nice build btw! +1

P.S. If you get the 260x you can just keep upgrading. If you have a 260x in 2-way Crossfire with the APU, you can get very good performance. And when new games come out that are more demanding, you can just pop in another 260x for 3-way Crossfire with the other 260x and the GPU to get AMAZING performance. It's also a unique and cheaper way that people overlook.

But if you decide to do 3-way crossfire, you would need to think about getting a new motherboard that has enough PCI express 16x to support more than just one graphics card.

welshdiesel 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Since when where you able to dual graphics a apu with r7 260x. I know you can dual graphics a kaveri with the r7 250. And thats just kaveri mind you not a 6800k.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks. That is true didn't think about that! that probably is the best way to go for my rig, Thanks for the advice, will use it!

Electrospeed 1 point 43 months ago

If you want to put in a new GPU, I'd suggest either the GTX 660 or the R9 270 (HD 7870), or maybe the R7 265 (HD 7850). The 750 Ti is great if you want performance/watt, but won't have much of a performance advantage over the APU's integrated graphics. If you're going to upgrade, save up a bit more and get one of the cards mentioned previously.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

So would I be able to crossfire with the cards you mentioned?

Electrospeed 1 point 43 months ago

No, you wouldn't, but the advantage of getting one of those cards is that it will outperform any crossfire setup you could do with your APU.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Ok, thanks for the advice! will think about it :D

Electrospeed 1 point 43 months ago

No problem.

HikingMike 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

GTX 760 is good too, newer, and can be had for a bit over $200 during sales/rebates. Mine was $270 with a $40 rebate and a bundled card from Nvidia with codes for 2 games which I sold on ebay for $20... so effectively ~$210 for me.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

GTX 760 would be great but just a bit out of my budget, maybe if a save up enough pennies then for sure! :)

HikingMike 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Ok good luck!!

6thcousin 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Did some one say you could dual graphics an apu with an r7 no no only kalveri CPUs will dual graphics with an r7 so you won't see any improvement over 750ti if you go for the 260x and where did this even get started no apu can crossfire with r7 260x it is only the 240 and 250 that can crossfire

BenPSkinner 1 point 40 months ago

Should have bought a fx 6300 or 8320 instead of that procesor! Great build otherwise +1

Sheepzorable 3 Builds 0 points 43 months ago

Very nice build! Just IMO I would recommend upgrading the PSU relatively soon if you upgrade your GPU. 450w won't last forever unfortunately :/ Also the case MIGHT need an upgrade, depending on how happy you are with it.

Also how does the CoolerMaster Seidon work for you? Been thinking of getting it!

Otherwise it's a nice build, and I hope you enjoy it!

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I probably will have too :/ with the case I was originally thinking of getting the Fractal design define R4 or 350D so maybe that'll be my next :D the CoolerMaster Seidon is great keeps the CPU at low temps (around 35-40 idle) OC @ 5 GHz, but it is really loud, almost to a point its annoying :/ Idk That's just me though. Thanks again!

Sheepzorable 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Loudness is something I don't want, I'll figure something out :P 350D is a great choice! I built a friends computer with the 350D and I had so much fun with it! And when you go for a PSU may I add, get a Corsair, best PSU's come from Corsair IMO :)

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Definitely will take to mind, Thanks for the opinion!:D

pholtz 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

There have been some pretty good deals on corsairs lately, too. Not trying to fuel any addictions here...

Wilcstado 1 point 43 months ago

Can get a CX430 for $20 after the mail in rebate right now.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I'll check them out!

SomeBlueGuy 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Corsair PSUs are just rebranded seasonic PSUs.

+1 to OP for the cool build!

HikingMike 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Not all Corsairs, unless that has changed recently http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html (2013)

DasXero 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Honestly 430 Watts can handle a lot more than you think. Especially if it's really efficient.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I'm honestly not even sure, I see some people saying you need like a 1000W PSU and are going overkill, but some people are the opposite saying you do not need that much! I watched a video a while back about some guy with 11 fans a beefy card and a high end CPU only using like 350W(he was using a volt meter or something! So Idek.

HikingMike 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I can borrow a "Kill-A-Watt" meter from our library here to see actual usage, though I haven't yet tried it. Most people think they use more than they do, but I think people are becoming more informed on this lately. Newegg has a PSU tool that gives you a guess of how much power you'll need.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

If you can, and post the results that would be great!

coletmallory 1 Build 0 points 43 months ago

Nice build, but just a recommendation, NEVER GET A COOLERMASTER PSU!!! They are absolutely complete trash and by far the worst brand for psus.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

When I upgrade I'll probably get a Corsair or maybe a Fractal? Thanks for the opinion!

HikingMike 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Seasonic. I haven't seen one die yet and we have a bunch of old ones at work that already had lived in HP workstations in past lives. And of course, many PSUs for other brands are also made by Seasonic. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913.html

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

OK I'll look into them.

HikingMike 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

They cost a little more maybe but I've been loyal to them ever since I discovered they were the most quiet and efficient (and reliable) PSUs out there back when computers were really noisy and there wasn't anything 80 PLUS out there, and I was trying to keep my computer quiet since it was in the same small room I slept in at college (~2002). That was right when Seasonic made its first retail products after being OEM only before. Silentpcreview.com was one of my favorite computers sites then, hehe. I wish this PCPartPicker site was around back when I was doing some funny custom stuff just to get my computer silent.

Anyway, I also wanted to say since you're 14, good luck with everything and don't let the money get you down. I'm sure you'll be able to put more into computers later on if you want to. For now, nobody wants the older stuff so it can be pretty cheap if you carefully lurk Craigslist and ebay and this works just fine for some components. But you already have pretty much everybody on this site beat if you could build your own computer with $800 at your age. I didn't have $800, and my family probably just got our first computer about that time.

Sohrab submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Well then I guess sea-sonic is the way to go! Yeah thanks, I've never really looked into used components, but if there's a good bang to buck ratio then its a steal! well Thanks for the advice, really appreciate it :)