Description

The goals of this PC were to provide a good experience for light gaming, office/productivity, and media consumption. The client wanted a blue color scheme as well.

APU: After looking at all the options, we decided we would get more bang for our buck going with an AMD APU. It runs nice and cool with new thermal paste on the stock cooler, and it's fast enough for all the tasks it needs to run. Eventually, we might throw in a GPU for crossfire or overclock it.

Motherboard: I've worked with ASRock boards in the past, and never had issues. It's an ATX motherboard with blue colors on the heatsinks, and plenty of useful features like 8 SATA ports and 5 fan headers. Can't really complain.

Memory: Since this build uses an APU, I wanted something fast. It wasn't hard to find something fast, cheap, and color matching with the rest of the build. 8GB is plenty for now.

Storage: There was a little more room in the budget, so we decided to spend it on a 2TB HDD instead of the 1TB we originally planned.

Case: This was a case I already had that needed some use. It matched the colors nicely and actually looks nice. However, the filters are a bit lackluster, and it's price really shows in its structure. Given the choice, I would have chosen a different case, but it still works well enough!

Power Supply: Considering this build doesn't draw much power, we were originally going to go with the 430W. However, since we might install a dedicated GPU and overclock the CPU, we wanted more headroom in case we hit a power limit. It was only a few dollars more and I think it's money well spent!

Operating System: DirectX 12 support, clean looks, and free from the company. Can't go wrong here!

WLAN Adapter: Works well enough for what we need it to do, plus the antennas are huge for anyone looking to buy it.

Case Fans: These fans have nice blue lighting and push a lot of air. However, they get pretty loud at max speed so I recommend running them at lower speeds.

Keyboard: The client already owned this keyboard. They like the customizable lighting as well as the software (Corsair Utility Engine).

Mouse: It's cheap, has a decent optical sensor, and has blue lighting. Feels good in the hand too!

Monitor: This is another part the client already owned, it's not the best but good enough for web browsing, watching movies or TV shows, and playing some games on. Perfect spot between 720p and 1080p, too.

Speakers: Something cheap that works well, and they only uses USB power which is a plus.

This was a satisfying build to complete, and turned out rather well! The client is certainly happy with her new computer.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 6 points

VERY good cable management and solid choice of parts.

+1111111

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Dats a lot of plus 1's you got there m8. So here... Take mine too.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh, thanks!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

No problem!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh dude, there's another guy giving us +1

btw +1
  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

That's amazing!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build however I hate seeing builds without an ssd these days, small SSDs for OS are worth every penny especially for clients as the increased boot speed will certainly impress them.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

An SSD would have been nice, but she decided the benefits weren't worth it. Plus, it still boots in about 17 seconds thanks to Win10's fast boot.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that the new wraith cooler? It really doesn't look like it's the old stock one. If so, I'm not surprised temperatures are fine. Nice build overall, but I'd consider just changing the platform when the client will neen an upgrade, unless he can live with a gpu not any powerful than a r9 380 / gtx 960.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the old stock cooler with some Cryorig thermal paste. Temperatures were about 10-20°C higher with the stock TIM. I did suggest waiting for the A10-7890k but she needed it now, but it still runs well. By the time she does need a powerful build I'll suggest her something with AMD Zen or Skylake-E.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Less money on a keyboard and maybe a gpu?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The keyboard was a gift AFAIK.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

For cheap cases i love how aggressive these look. I am even thinking about using one soon for a client build because they look good and have a aggressive look, and i think plenty of room inside. The inside of the build looks great to.

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