Description

As the title states this is my first PC build, I wanted a new PC for the home office. The wife and I were now doing a lot of work from home. My old PC was a Lenovo Thinkcentre m58p Desktop and while very reliable for a number of years it was getting long in the tooth. looking around at prices of a new PC I was surprised how much of a rip some of them were, especially here in Sydney. Decided to build my own from new and used parts and here we are.

Part Reviews

CPU

great APU for a budget build and runs games like minecraft on stock. great for an all round office build. only con is it can get hot if you plan to overclock it.

CPU Cooler

very surprised by this cooler. It tamed my a10-5800k toaster and keeps my new 10-7870k at 24c on idle and 31c after a couple hours gaming.

Case

great case, looks professional, usb 3.0. just wish it had some cable management and it would be perfect.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

That PSU is completely junk and not safe to use at all if it is the RS460. VERY VERY poor quality unit. Change it ASAP.

I love this case!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I suspected it might have been as it was only $20 and was in a previously opened box in a sale bin. do you think it could fry my components? it was the one thing in hindsight that I feel I should have got new and in modular form as you can see by lack of cable management.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it could definitely fry your components. It is a pretty terrible PSU. Tier 5. As bad as it gets.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I updated this build and installed a brand new PSU from corsair as per your advice and the information I got from google about the potential fire hazard the old PSU was!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build, I love the case! You'll want to move the RAM that's in the slot closest to the CPU into the yellow slot furthest from the CPU, or else the RAM will be running two sticks in single channel mode, instead of sharing the work and running both sticks together in dual channel mode. You want both sticks in the same color slot, and your motherboard sequentially looks in the yellow slots first so if you only have two sticks you want them in those slots. Great bargain hunting, never seen someone with the RAM as the most expensive component before haha

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Man you did well here! Great work on the bargain hunting! And yeah do what Thompaa said and move the RAM stick so that both are in the yellow slots. Thanks for sharing and showing us how easy it is to find bargains!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Silverstone makes some of the best compact cases. And amd's apus fit like a glove in a compact build with their budget power on one chip.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you over-spent on the ram, but for your budget, not too shabby.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I think it was a bit much but all my googling kept telling me 1600mhz minimum for APU and 8gb minimum. In the end this was the same price for 16gb 1600mhz corsair vengeance as it was to buy 8gb 1600mhz Hyperx fury in the store.. Just remember I am in Sydney and prices are AUD. We get ripped of royally here, but I was a little upset I couldn't find any real bargains on ram.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

problem is, the hyper x is $75 right now from 2 different sellers. http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx316c10fbk28

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah I agree but add in $10 online postage and the difference is $15 between 8gb and 16gb. But in hindsight I agree that 16gb is a bit of overkill for this system. My understanding of capacity vs speed for Ram was and is a big learning curve. I thought more Ram meant the PC would be faster but I have since realised that is not the case and would have been better off looking for 8gb of 1866mhz Ram.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, I am new to all this. Actually turning the old Lenovo into a NAS is my next project, I have the bug now haha.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

in case anyone is interested I decided to test this system on games and overclock in the bios.

overclock to 4.2 in bios stable for over 3 days on 24/7 as plex server.

cooled really well by the Silverstone NT06-pro I believe the max I have seen temps get in Asus AI suite has been 44c

games: DAYZ all setting high with playable framerates. ARK: Evolved setting mix med/low to achieve playable framerates.

very happy with this apu considering a few years old now.