Description

As a Computer Science major with a concentration in video games I mostly use this build to play games while also working on projects that my laptop just can't handle (Game Dev. , mostly just messing around or working on projects for class). With all the fans working hard I'm surprised that I barely hear my computer up close (The two enermax fans are just awesome, quiet, good looking... though the led fan that came with the case in my opinion should be replaced as it is the louder of all the fans). I generally wanted a build that could keep up with me while keeping the costs low as a university student with a job that can barely cover gas and rent. Obviously I'm the type of person that likes the 'pretty lights' and the window on the case, mostly because I enjoy seeing what I've accomplished.

With this build I'm able to play what ever Skyrim mods that I please with max settings (Even replaced a lot of the meshes with more HD meshes which puts a huge load on the computer, but it's worth it and the computer can handle it so whatever). Other than Skyrim I play Portal 2 on full settings, some old PS2 games and some even older Gamecube games (Never thought they could look better than on the original system until I got this computer). Outside of the game's that I play, with the games that I make Maya works great (Faster than on my school's expensive computer builds they update yearly) and Unity works without a sweat. I also use a lot of Photoshop CS5. Outside of that I use Codeblocks and Eclipse... maybe a different MMO from time to time (Was able to run ESO on full settings if that says anything, though I personally don't think it does as the game doesn't look all that immensely amazing graphics-wise).

Now it's good to note that for a lot of these parts I waited around to go on sale (The APU, memory, case and the mobo were on sale at the time while I was also able to use the Masterpass 10% off on both which is why I was able to get them for so low). The PSU and the (Never actually opened before) HDD I bought used. Keyboard I saw at Target for $10, fans I got from a friend, windows 7 I get for free through my school (Instant $180 savings). Bought the thermal compound at normal price, made a huge difference annddd the network adapter I got used because I didn't want to put an Ethernet cable across the entire apartment.

UPDATE: Since building the origanal computer I have added nearly $450 in new components. First things I got were the two cougar fans to put onto my CPU cooler for a push-pull config and oh lawdy they made a difference (In both sound in temperature). I then decided to sink in to my amazon gift card money and bought a nice VAPOR-X 270X (Which I'll most likely cross-fire soon) and it works amazingly... saves me a lot of time when building my models up in Maya with testing animations and such. Which brings me to my next big purchase, the 250GB 840 EVO SSD, very happy with it, though I won't put down the Black HDD that I have as it is still a key component in my build (Just doesn't host the OS). Finally I got down to it and purchased the 750W semi-modular corsair PSU after selling my old 430W, both because it gives me room for updates (Such as the crossfire) and it saves a ton of room in the case even compared to the 430W. Updated the wiring around the case so everything is overall much nicer to look at through the window on my case. Very happy with my purchases (Will post updated pictures when I have the time).

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

If the build is mostly for gaming, why is there not a graphics card? Light gaming? Nice budgeting. When I have a budget: Me: Alright I can't spend over 200 on the graphics card. Aw man but that 7970 is so nice looking. Eh Forget the budget...

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

That kinda happened to me, only since I'm a teen I have all of my money in cash and have to wait before I can increase my budget...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

i wish newegg let me pay in cash :( #teenprobs

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Get a pre-paid visa card, that's what I did when I didn't have a credit/debit card

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the max that can be put on them?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

between $20-$500 so it should be fine for what you might want

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a teen too, but since my dad hasnt given me a solid budget, I went from a 400 dollar build to an 850 dollar build :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. But its fine, cause purchasing day will come, and my dad will probably say "Why on earth is this so expensive? I thought it was a 600 dollar budget?"

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the whole reason I'm sticking with an APU, just through the mobo itself the APU(CPU) gets me what I would have gotten out of a 150-200 GPU, then only downsides are that the CPU is working double (Processing graphics and regular input/output) and since there is no dedicated memory for the graphics it sucks out some of the regular RAM (The reasoning behind the 2133, works better with this sort of set up). I will eventually get a GPU when I do find one for the right price, but until then I have to pay for rent and school sooo.... :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

flip the psu over if you are going to keep the case on the floor, it will thank you for it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That was only temporary, since I took the pictures I put it up above the carpet, thanks though :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

So have you tried running any benchmarks on that apu?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really, this being my first build I've never really bench marked anything outside of singular programs. Any suggestions on benchmark tools?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Try futuremark.com? Just a suggestion. Also unigine valley would be good for gpu testing

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww. I was expecting Kaveri... but it's okay

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you find having the fan on the bottom is sucking in a lot of dust. I keep the computer on a table but when I had a bottom fan the case would fill up with dust so fast.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

The fan pushed airflow out the bottom