Description

I quickly put together an AMD build that is isn't top of the line but hopefully will perform well for everyday tasks. I wanted to build a cheap and decent machine quickly. I was going to reuse a bunch of stuff I have leftover from other machines, but decided that purchasing everything new was better than trying to piece together parts for Gen1 and Gen2 mobile i7s and laptop RAM I have unused. The Mini-ITX motherboards that support the mobile processors cost a lot for the older tech.

For this machine I ordered everything from Amazon (which cost a little more because I only ordered items in stock and that could ship ASAP). I had ordered all of this on 5/5/2017 and had everything in on 5/7/2017. I still had a couple copies of Windows 10 pro that I decided to use, but I may throw a Linux variety on this in the future. I also have an new unused HP 27xw 27" monitor that I will be using.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts. I know I made some stupid choices, but oh well. I wanted to build a machine by the end of the weekend when I made the orders on a Friday so I was in a rush. I'm thinking about putting a low end graphics card in this so my kids can play some games, or use their elgato to do some streaming from consoles or their computers; but I don't know what they would need within reason.

Part Reviews

CPU

So far it is serving my purposes and it was super cheap, so I can't complain. I just installed a non stock cooler today (5/20/2017) and am running the cpu at 4 GHz. It is nice to have the option to overclock and I rarely do so.

CPU Cooler

It is keeping my cpu almost as cool as it ran stock and not overclocked, so that is nice. Really the only reason I grabbed it the other day and it is in this system is because it was on sale for under $20 on amazon and i figured why not throw it in to overclock.

Motherboard

I really like this mobo. It has all of the features I wanted on the cheap with the exception of SATA III. The BIOS is simple to OC. Nice board.

Memory

They look nice and do the job, I think I was limited to 1866, but I really can't remember. I am used to my work machines having 16 GB or more, so I was a little worried about 8 but the price was right and it has worked out well.

Storage

This drive is a little wasted in this machine as it is SATA III, but it is cheap and as fast if not faster than kingston and crucial SSDs that I have. I actually like the way it looks too.

Video Card

$40 is why I got this. I don't game but wanted to have the option to run a monitor outside the on board graphics. Plus, I wasn't sure how they would do with rendering in some apps. I haven't really tested anything on the on board graphics, but may do soon.

Case

This isn't a bad case at all. I love it at the price and may buy a couple more for some mini ITX boards I have with mobile processors in them. I would not recommend getting the Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212 with this case. It just doesn't fit :) Oh well, I think with a small cutout on the side panel it will fit and barely stick out.

Power Supply

It powers everything fine. I didn't need a ton of power and there isn't anything valuable in the case if it does have issues. I like the looks of it and cables were nice.

Monitor

I picked up 5 of these monitors for $99 a while back. They are great for everyday use, full 1080p and 27". The reason I built this machine is because I have one left that I couldn't find a use for. So no I have put it to use.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, don't forget about using duel channel memory .....just move the right stick of memory to next slot for this. Also, notice your heststick is facing up .... try facing it towards the back if temperatures are higher than ideal. Although, nice build. That CPU is a tank .... have it myself running @4.5Ghz

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You know, I wondered about the ram slots myself. I thought it was odd the coloring was different. I looked in the manual and didn't have any information on running at ddr, so I figured it would work in any orientation. I will switch them when I get some time. I had my son put on the fan so he could learn. I must have pointed to the wrong side. I have since moved it to the top.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I moved one over today and it seems to have improved my memory benchmarks, so thanks for that! Are you running 4.5 GHz air cooled? I don't know if I want to push mine much further with just air cooling, but the temps seem pretty low at 4 GHz.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, no problem ... glad to help! Nd YAH I'm running it at 4.5Ghz air cooled with a cm hyper 212 with Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0. You could try it yourself if it's too hot trying running at 4.3Ghz. Wouldn't recommend going any higher than 4.5Ghz on air cooled..... also check your North bridge temps also..... it gets hotter than the CPU... every mobo is different....

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

This computer works so well thanks vossalex!!!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dorko!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

LMAO

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. My FX 6300 currently is running at ~4.5 GHZ cooled by close water Deepcool Maelstrom 120t. You will benefit by putting faster RAM ! My Avexir memory 2133 MHz on similar mobo effective running was ~ 833

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

My mobo is limited by DDR3 1866 MHz ram. I should have gotten a better mobo looking back, but it was so cheap compared to what I have spent on some miniITX for mobile ir7s recently I didn't care.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You can put faster into it. I had similar and on it was running Avexir blitz 2133 (effective ~835)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually pretty good. Everyone will complain about the FX CPU and the 710 2GB, but keep your head high. I doubt your kids will be playing Titanfall 2 at maximum settings.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I expected that and wasn't sure what to think about the FX myself, but I'm pretty pleased with it so far. Yeah, the gpu was just to have one in it I guess :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I recommend the GT 1030 2GB.

(Note: Don't trust GPUBoss. Ever. This is just a specs comparison.)

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

People underestimate the fx-6300. I still use it in budget builds, especially since am3 boards are a hair above free.

I'm a little surprised to see the heatsink in that orientation, does the case exhaust from the top?

The 710 is the only thing I would have done differently. I'd just use onboard or spend a little more for a 1030 or 460. Or gone used, but you did say you wanted all new.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it plus I don't think the FX line has onboard graphics, please correct me if I'm wrong :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

It doesn't

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Not processor graphics, the motherboard has on board ATI Radeon 3000 graphics

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Not processor graphics, the motherboard has on board ATI Radeon 3000 graphics

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice :)

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