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A10-5800k Budget Build $560

by LeviSF



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C


My requirements for the desktop: Last me for two years until I finish my degree. Be able to handle casual gaming for two years(I'll keep my fingers crossed on this one) Have the capability to running dual-monitors and multiple programs at the same time with reasonable ease. Such as: IDEs, Word, Excel, Chrome, VMs, etc. Stay within budget: $600

Most important lesson from build: Pay extra for a modular psu next time.

I have upgraded almost every computer that I have owned but never built one from the ground up. This is my first attempt and I am happy with the final cost and results. I've been using this build for a few month now and have no complaints. I can play all my games(bf3, wow, diablo3) at decent fps and have never noticed any performance issues running multiple programs at the same time. The case is pretty much always cool even when I overclock the cpu up to 4.4. it seems to barely break 40Cs even under heavy loads(my cold house also helps out). I got a lot of rebates and only paid $560 after rebates and before taxes.

$129.99 AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core -$10

$74.99 Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM 6Gb/s 64mb Cache (6Gb/s 64mb Cache? Deal at $75)

$19.99 Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive

$49.99 Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB -$20 Rebate

$84.99 Biostar Hi-Fi A85W ATX FM2 -$10 Rebate + 8 GB free ram

$79.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) -$20 Promocode

$37.49 NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower -$12.50 Promocode (Can take up to 7 case fans! Comes with 1 120mm & 1 140mm exhaust, USB 3, plenty of cable management, under $40! What else could I ask for? I'm very happy with this case)

$39.99 Antec 650W ATX12V CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE -$25.00 Rebate

$24.99 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing -$5 Rebate

$44.99 G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 (APU boost in graphics)

($30.00) FREE - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 worth $39.99 SOLD $30

$1.99 COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm 4 in 1 Pack


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Jimmy 6 points 68 months ago

Good job with knowing to get fast ram with an apu. People underestimate apu's in my opinion. Especially when you crossfire them with another 6670.

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I didn't know about faster RAM and APUs until you mentioned it (not the OP btw). I tahnk you for that tidbit of info. I modified the build I was planning for my friend with faster ram.

LeviSF submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Getting the RAM to run can be tricky at first. Depending on the mobo you get, you might have to go into the bios and select an XMP profile or manually set it. Also, make sure your mobo goes up to your RAM speed.

Jimmy 1 point 68 months ago

No problem, a lot of people don't know that. I really didn't think there was any other reason for that high of ram speed. You absolutely will not notice a difference past 1866 Mhz unless you have an apu.

edman545 10 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Any chance we can get some 3dmark11 scores with the hybrid crossfire?

LeviSF submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

I downloaded the 3dmark11 demo and ran the tests with my cpu o.c. to 4.5 using one monitor. The results are posted above. I haven't tested the o.c. for stability so there might be room for improvement. I don't know a lot about 3dmark, so the numbers might be off. I'll have to research it a bit and make sure they're right.

bOOsted 3 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

Nice scores! I only got 2531 for the Performance Preset Score.

edman545 10 Builds 0 points 68 months ago

That's nipping at the heels of stock geforce 660, and for a lot less money.

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Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

How's that apu? I'm planning a build with one of those. How is it performing for you?

LeviSF submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I'm really happy with this apu. I don't think I could have gotten a better system for the price. Plus, AMD says that they're going to make more FM2 chips so I could even upgrade in the future if I want.

th3m4dh4tt3r 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Great job! Good choice on the RAM, will really aid the APU. Could have gone with an SSD, but that's not really a big deal...

LeviSF submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I actually have some money saved to buy a SSD now. I'm just waiting for a good deal to pop up on newegg. Watching all these load screens is starting to get to me, lol.

th3m4dh4tt3r 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Awesome!! SSDs are great!Good luck finding a deal :)

LiquidArrogance 4 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Looks clean and well thought out. Good job!

mousseng 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Do you have the CPU fan set up as a pull fan? It would be a bit silly to have a case fan exhausting one way, and then a CPU fan right next to it pushing the other way.

LeviSF submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Yeah, I have the air flow going from right to left, with the left and upper fans acting as exhaust. I have two intake fans on the right side of the case but have never had to use them. The two fans on the heat sink blowing to the exhaust seems to be more than enough.

mousseng 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Ha, I'm not gonna lie, I didn't even notice the right fan on the heatsink. I thought you just had one fan on the left side. So, are you saying those two intake fans aren't active?

Javanode 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I don't understand why everybody is talking about the RAM. What's APU is it a special thing with AMD?

mousseng 1 Build 4 points 68 months ago

An APU is AMD's term for the CPUs with GPUs on the same chip - it has no dedicated VRAM, so it has to use system memory instead. DDR3 is much, much slower than the GDDR5 most video cards use, so having high-speed system memory can vastly improve the APU's video performance.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Couldn't have worded it better.

pcmatt 1 point 68 months ago

getting fast ram for your APU was a GREAT choice.

Kofi96 1 point 68 months ago

how is that card for gaming i am making a budget build can anyone give any suggestions for a budget card for about 90 and under that will be able to play games at medium to high settings for a couple years

pantsinabucket -3 points 68 months ago

If you absolutely NEED nvidia, then I'd recommend the gtx 460 768mb, or just scrap a gpu and put that money towards an APU and faster RAM

Kofi96 1 point 68 months ago

It does not matter amd or nvidia but I am not sure how long an apu will b able to play current and future games the 460 sounds like it may do the trick

tylerfig 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

After you use dual graphics can you still access the bios or not?

kylepatrickswan 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

This is crazy impressive. APU builds are a huge bang for buck when using a discrete graphics card in crossfire. Great build!

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

How is this case? In terms of: airflow, cable management, looks and awesomeness? And would you recommend it over a corsair 200R?

LeviSF submitter 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

The airflow in the case is great. The cable management took some planning, especially using a non-modular psu. I just checked out the corsair 200R and it looks pretty sweet for a budget build. I see no reason this one would be better. The corsair has a side panel for the HD's and a dust filter for the front intake which gives it more awesome points in my opinion.

jj.jezz 1 point 62 months ago

Well done on the cable management!

ak_907 1 point 61 months ago

How close is the Hyper 212 Evo from hitting the side panel?

Rarened 1 point 48 months ago

I'm looking to build something similar to this & like this builder & hoping to have more cash available in the near future for upgrades. How is this design for upgradability?

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