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The "Handmedown" APU Esports computer

by Dayshell77

Description

I've wanted to build a computer for a while and after a year and three months of being obssesed with them i was finally able to build one. My best friend built a computer with this motherboard, ram, cpu cooler, and and cpu about a year ago and he wanted to upgrade to the i5 7600k. I had already purchased the power supply, case fans, and case, and also 16gb of DDR4 RAM (i was initially gonna do a pentium build). And when he upgraded i gave him the 16gb of ram (now he has 32 i know overkill), and he gave me his old parts. I've been used to playing intel hd graphics on a ****** laptop with only 4gb of ram and this is a huge upgrade. And before anyone talks **** on the APU, My buddy chose this a year ago before we really understood what the hell any of the components really meant. But with 16gb of ram im getting 60fps in Unturned, 80fps in csgo, 55 in Fallout new vegas, so its capable of playing slighlty less graphically intensive games at respectable framerates, and much better than the avg 25fps framerate i was getting before. These parts were given to me used so i didnt have all the zip ties to cable manage the hell out of it but i tried to keep it reasonably nice. Once i buy a discreet graphics card (The RX 460) i'll get some zip ties and tidy it up. But overall im incredibly pleased with how my first build cameout, its fast, it plays the games i wanna play, and its pretty. If you have any questions just comment and i'll reply

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty powerful little chip, the integrated graphics are good enough to play some lighter games.

CPU Cooler

Great cpu cooler for the money, havent tried overclocking with it yet but i will. It keeps the A10 7700K very cool.

Motherboard

Aside from the Brown pcb this motherboard is pretty great, it has two fan headers on it which most motherboards in this budget category dont have. The bios is easy to manage through

Case

This case is fantastic. It has cable managment holes in it so its hella easy to work in, the back panel has a bump for all the cables, has two front usb ports, a really nice side window to look at your components. And a red led fan. and of course the best part is THE PRICE IS HELLA CHEAP. the one thing bad about it though is the included fan is pretty loud

Power Supply

Does the job

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MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I always find APU builds interesting :) My only gripe here is the low speed of the memory; with an APU you want possibly the highest frequency memory that your motherboard supports, because integrated graphics is really sensitive to bandwidth. Maybe you can try to overclock memory frequency a bit (lookup some guides), and you should get noticeable performance boosts.

While we are talking about overclocking, do the same with the iGPU to get more performance aswell, the 212 evo should handle it no problems. Oh, and swap the fan on the cooler so that it blows air through the heatsink and towards the rear case fan, it should be a much more efficient setup :)

Other than that, I'd worry about getting an SSD before a discrete GPU, but that's personal preference based also on when do you plan to upgrade the rest of the system.

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Given his fm2+ socket, it likely only supports up to 1866, I had an apu when I first got my desktop, and had 1600mhz ddr3 memory and it was just fine. I don't think he's going to run into much bottlenecking, if any.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

only supports 1866 out of the box. it will o.c the ram a bit higher

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

As the other guy said, I've seen plenty of build or tests with 2133 or 2400 mhz ram, and it usually brought some improvement. I don't really remember where these tests were, so I won't link them, but I'm sure you could perform a research aswell :)

Oh, and I never spoke about bottlenecking, it's just that the iGPU really benefits from the added ram bandwidth.

maggotshero 10 Builds 0 points 20 months ago

Honestly? Just throw an rx 470 or 480 in there, crossfire it with your APU, and you have an even better gaming rig for about 150.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I'm pretty sure the only GPUs he could crossfire with would be the r7 240 and r7 250 (maybe 250x also), but no other than these.

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

apu linking with a gpu doesn't have a gpu requirement, unlike sli, where the cards have to be identical.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I never tried myself, so I might be wrong, but I'm pretty confident in what I just said.

I'd like you to link me some reviews that prove A10 APUs can crossfire with RX480s and RX470 (or anything up from the R7 250 actually).

On the contrary, I can direct you to this link to the ufficial AMD support page, and to this and this articles about the topic.

Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

MightyAlfred is right, only the r7 240 and r7250 can do dual graphics. And honestly its not the greatest boost in performance for the money. I'll probably just add in a RX460 or gtx1050

Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

also a rx 470 and rx 480 would bottleneck the hell out of this processor. The highest i would probably go is a 1050ti before just getting Ryzen or intel.

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Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

True! gonna be upgrading to one pretty soon, ill post pictures and stuff!