Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

Computer is now silent thanks to this puppy. Great, inexpensive cooler and can handle an overclock!

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Storage

Also scrapped a 500GB Caviar Blue from my old rig. Eh, fast enough and gets the job done.

Case

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.

Optical Drive

Its DVD burner...

Operating System

Scored a full retail copy of Windows 8.1 for the cheap on eBay. Not much to say about it really

Case Fan

Got a blue LED 120mm Kingwin case fan to have the front of the case glow. Worked like a charm

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice base build! Question where did you get that Windows copy for $80?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

eBay

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did u get the motherboard for 1 cent?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Micro Center AMD Motherboard Bundle

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

if you want a good cooler that wont break the bank

like the video from LinusTechTips by Luke/Slick

the CoolerMaster 212 Evo will be a great cooler

Although the PSU comes from CoolerMaster when you bought the case

that PSU is not Certified and can be a risk if you add a GPU later

if you do want to OC the APU

you can get some RAM sinks and stick them to the VRMs using thermal sticky tape

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Plan on keeping GPU's FAR away from this rig till I get a proper PSU as the reports of failure always stem from that. Already ordered a cooler, the ARCTIC Freezer A11.

Wanted something basic for some light over clocking and to hold me off till I get a closed loop cooler. Not the greatest cooler, but its only for the moment as Im not exactly rolling in money (despite the Evo being only 10 more bucks :p).

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions! :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

So I'm very new to custom PC builds. I just want something cheap that can run games well, while at the same time can run something like google chrome, YouTube, Netflix etc. Is this a good build for these general purposes?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely, just don't expect to run newer titles very well

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright cool beans, thanks for responding

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I was wondering if you knew of a good cheap graphics card for this build because I was thinking of building it and I am only going to need it for Garry's Mod and CS:GO. I was looking at the Sapphire Radeon R7 260X and the MSI Radeon R7 250. I am trying to go as cheap as I can with this build. I will be taking off the SSD, that 500GB hard drive and the windows 8. I am also not expecting to be running these games at 1080p maxed settings either. Graphics don't matter too much to me in these games. I just need something that I can run at about 1024 x 768+ resolution and medium-ish settings.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I play Garry's Mod sometimes and am able to rune it smoothly at 1080p with just what I got, as Source games aren't too demanding. The build I made will service you no problem, but I mainly built this computer as a cheapy gaming rig. Honestly, if you want to put a discrete gpu in there, don't use a Kaverai APU, go for some thing cheaper like an FX FX-6300 or a Athlon X4 860K, both cheap alternatives to a 130 buck APU, with the FX 6300 I believe actually is a better CPU than the 7850k (without an iGPU of course).

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the Ripjaws fit under/next the Arctic Freezer?