I'm an avid PC gamer. My first strides onto the platform was back in 2012 and on Intel HD Graphics, so my play experience was less than stellar. About a few months ago, I’d upgraded a Lenovo H520s with a GT 730 and had a pretty great time with that. The whole driving force behind this build was the fact I wanted to make the jump from dual core to quad core for the newer, next gen titles. While in its current state, it isn't going to be doing much of any next gen gaming, I hope to fit it with a better PSU and GPU down the line (eyeing either a 970 or R9 280x).
I picked the parts here to hold me off until I get a dedicated GPU, while simultaneously providing me with an overall upgrade from my last system. So, heres my Kaveri APU build.
Update 4/16/2015- Got my new cooler and my PC is finally silent, and is even able to handle a 4Ghz overclock on the cpu and a 920Mhz overclock on the iGPU.
Update 6/25/2015 - Got bored and decided to give the face plate a new paint job. Turned out pretty well for my first paint job actually.
Top of the line AMD APU, fitted with 12 compute cores and having eight of them dedicated to the iGPU. This CPU is more GPU than CPU in the most literal sense possible, and is even capable of playing some of my favorite games at 1080p. Loving it!
Stock cooler is **** though.
Computer is now silent thanks to this puppy. Great, inexpensive cooler and can handle an overclock!
The Gigabyte GA-F2A58M-HD2 Micro ATX was picked purely because it is free at Micro Center with the purchase of the APU above. Smaller than I was expecting honestly but it gets the job done and is capable of holding the rather speedy RAM squeeze as much performance as I can out of the CPU.
With an APU, you need some pretty fast memory to have it operating optimally. So I went with 8GB (2 x 4GB) of G.Skill Ripjaws 2133 Mhz RAM. Fast and cheap, these things were worth every penny.
I got a pretty basic SSD so I can have my rig boot up slightly faster, being the 32GB A-Data Premier Pro SP600. I love it and its 17-20 second boot times.
Also scrapped a 500GB Caviar Blue from my old rig. Eh, fast enough and gets the job done.
Best way to scrimp on cash was to go with this rather good looking case. The Thermal Master TC-102 is a good looking, cheap (in price and less so in build quality) case and comes with a 500W PSU. Reviews say this power supply fails, though the reports are inconsistent. I likely replace it down the line with 700W PSU to accommodate a new GPU.
Its DVD burner...
Scored a full retail copy of Windows 8.1 for the cheap on eBay. Not much to say about it really
Got a blue LED 120mm Kingwin case fan to have the front of the case glow. Worked like a charm