Description

This is my first ever PC build. I've always wanted to go from console to PC but I never wanted to purchase a OEM pre-built one. This build is intended for medium-heavy gaming as well as light editing. I wasn't looking at running anything Maxed out with 60 frames but just enough power to have a enjoyable and visually appealing experience. This build is also intended to help me get into the Let's play/Gaming Youtube channel scene. My budget was anywhere from 400-450 including OS. So without further hesitation here are the parts and my reasoning!

CPU: Cheap, "Quad Core, and easily overclockable. Currently have it going at 4.2 Gigahertz.

MOTHERBOARD: Cheapest thing I could find with the A78 Chipset and adequate features. It came packaged nice and neat out of the box and was very easy to configure and play with the BIOS.

CPU FAN: Could've gone with a Hyper 212 but at a bit less I felt this would do an adequate job.

GPU: It was a deal too good not to pass up. Found an ad on Craigslist for a guy who didn't really need it due to upgrades.

RAM: It's ram. Pretty cool heat spreader. The CPU Fan is having clearance issues with the unpopulated ram spots. May try to get LP ram in the future.

PSU: Cheapest thing I could get and felt comfortable with. At the time this purchase wasn't a bad one. But If I want to ever overclock my GPU I will definitely go for a 550W and above. There isn't really any room to grow with this PSU. Not my smartest move but it works.

CASE: Again. Cheap, Looks great, Cable management wasn't as bad as it could've been.

PERIPHERALS: Mouse/Keyboard bundle too good not to grab! The monitor was an interesting find. I was looking at this 50$ panel on craigslist when I found this at a pawnshop. It didn't come with any cables but I had a few laying around. This was probably one of the better finds as well seeing as It's 1080p monitor.

Extra Notes: This was a fun project I set out to and it was a very rewarding one at that. I learned wayyyy more about what enjoy than what anything else will teach me. I will probably opt for a better PSU and Graphics card in the future. And add ram. more ram is nice. C: Will add some LED Fans too to make the front look a bit flashy. Hope you enjoyed viewing! All Criticism and comments are welcome!

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Orange 230T by Corsair rules. Got one myself. Nice build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Other than rotating that CPU fan, great build for the money. You could probably get 4.3 GHz just fine on that mobo (since it doesn't require extra voltage in my experience) but I wouldn't go much further.

Now how the heck did you get that monitor for $19??

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Found it at a pawnshop! He didn't have any cables for it but I had a few spare! Was one of more exciting finds! Will work on that cooler orientation! Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Was one of more exciting finds!

I can tell. :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Heck yeah. Minus the ssd and modern Windows, a few years ago this would be a goto set for gaming. Should still do well. Thanks for the post. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I play a lot of steam games and it does the trick! Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this for the price, I think you have done a very good job ^ ^

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build doesnt look poor! Everyone starts small good work anyways.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Just took me like 4 months to finally finish! Found a guy who has an H60 for 25 bucks that im going to pick up!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

welcome

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

welcome! check out my build ^

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Your cable management is amazing! Any tips for working with a non-modular PSU in that case? Like which cables did you connect first and how/when did you deal with unused cables?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!(: haha the cables from the power supply were kinda bulky but as long as they didn't overlap that much it was a breeze! The best way to tuck away the unwanted molex chain is the area behind the PSU! There is a spot where if you wrap it right it will fit perfectly! As for my front panel connectors I looped them through a hole near an ssd mount as it was extremely close and convenient! It was a challenge but it can be done!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I see, thanks a lot! I, too, understand the poor college student struggle :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Forgot Storage: A cheap SSD That works wonders! Boots in 11 seconds flat. The HDD Was taken from an old family PC.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

PLEASE REPLY...

So I'm doing my very first build, and I have the same RAM (Corsair Vengeance 1xGB DDR3 1600) and CPU (AMD Athlon X4 860K) as you. My ram stick arrived today, and on the packaging, it says "supports intel processors". Will this RAM still work with an AMD processor? I've done a lot of research and I'm getting mixed answers. Did you have any problems with your processor and ram?

thanks in advance

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

SOOOO SORRY I didn't see this sooner buuut. NO! not any issues! My ram is recognized perfectly and my PC has been functioning fine this past year! thank you for your comment!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Those look like package temps for the 860 using HW Monitor, which are fine. My 860 runs at 50 C idle 70 C load package temps at 4.4 Ghz using a Nepton 120 XL. Asus mobo sensor and cpu sensor always shows temps between 20-35 C.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Turns out they were package temps! Thank you for the comment!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? On my 860k I get around 15C idle and no more than 62C load at 4.5 GHz with a Cryorig H7.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What temp software do you use? On HW Monitor, my package temp has never been under 40 C and only was as low as 40 C after waking up from sleep next to an open window with ambient 50F outside. My cpu temp reported by my Asus mobo software ranges from 20C to 40C idle/load. I'm still new to pc building though, just sharing my experience

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The standard lm-sensors on Linux, which gets its readings from the Super I/O chip. I will note, however, that it does not run at 4.5 GHz the whole time. The ondemand CPU governor downclocks the CPU to 1.7 GHz when I'm not doing anything, and dynamically adjusts the clock speed according to my workload. It keeps my system nice and quiet.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I use HW. I misread which temps were my core temp. Thank you for the comment!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The only thing that worries me is your CPU temps. Your idle temp is way high, that CPU should idle around 25-30c depending on ambient, with load temps around 50c. Also the maximum safe temp for the 860k is only 70c, at which point it will throttle to try and cool down. This can lead to adverse effects including stuttering and slowdowns, not to mention that running at higher temps will shorten the lifespan of the CPU as more heat causes circuit degradation. Your load temp of 65c is a little too close for comfort for me, I would invest in a better cooler if you are going to keep that CPU overclocked.

You are confusing the thermal margin with temperature, realistically it probably won't throttle until it hits around 90C and cpu's don't report temperature well which is why you want to use the thermal margin.

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2122665/understanding-temperature-amd-cpus-apus.html

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I can vouch for the H7 myself. A bit easier to install than the 212, and it looks better IMO. Also has better RAM clearance.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sooooo much for the comment! I plan on reorienting and reapplying the cooler as soon as I get some better thermal paste! The first job was kinda sloppy! As for orientation it seemed to me it would only let me orient it that way. Regardless I will definitely see if I missed something! Cannot thank you enough!!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Your temperatures are fine since you are using temperature for HWMonitor which is inaccurate for AMD cpu's.

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2122665/understanding-temperature-amd-cpus-apus.html