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So I've been living life for the past 4 yrs with a 17" HP laptop and was getting really tired of it. I needed a PC. After looking around and doing "research" I decided on an AMD system as that's what I had built in the past and like the price/performance ratio.

CPU: I went with an AMD A10-7850K because it has the best integrated graphics. I don't do a whole lot of gaming, but the kids would like to, and it's a great start. Shout out to JayzTwoCents for his videos and selling me on it. Also, FM2+ is going to be supported for the next year or so, so hopefully if something better comes out I won't need to drop a lot for a decent upgrade.

CPU Cooler: Had to use something other than the stock chunk of aluminum. The Hyper TX3 fits in the CoreV1 nicely and isn't too loud, although I might switch it out for something better down the road. But for now, idle thermal margin is 70 and load thermal margin is 30. Seems like it does a pretty good job. UPDATE: After leaving the PC on in the nook area, and that summer is almost here, I did notice it starting to get a little warmer. Call me an OCD-Worrier, but it seemed to be getting too warm for my tastes... so I upgraded to an CM Seidon 120V, with a couple of Cougar fans in Push-Pull. The CM fan was pretty noisy so the Cougar's kept the noise down. After running 3DMARK skydiver demo, the CPU never dipped below 41*c on the Thermal Margin. I'm much happier with that. I don't have any pictures right now, but will upload some later. Also, the screws that come with the CM kit are garbage. I went to Home Depot and bought some screws that were long enough.

Motherboard: I've ran Gigagyte boards before and like the dualBIOS feature... saves me possibly from fawking up in the future. The integrated AC WiFi works great from the other side of the house and is incredibly fast with my Netgear N router. The only thing I didn't like was that all the hook ups are on the right side where the SSD/HDD mounts are and it makes everything a little tight on that side.. but with some creativity I was able to snake stuff behind the drives and keep it kind of tidy without a modular PSU.

RAM: Had to get something fast and I've had good luck with G.Skill in the past... also, sexy red heat sinks.

SDD/HDD: I got these from a friend as Christmas gifts. THANKS! He bought a few SSD's on Black Friday deals and the HDD was a laptop drive he replaced in a new laptop.

Case: I loved the looks of the Core V1 since it came out. That 200mm fan moves a ton of air(and dust from the picture) and keeps every cool.

PSU: I also got this as a Christmas gift from my friend. THANKS AGAIN!

I haven't played many games(Don't Starve, BFBC2, New Vegas) but it's handled them SPLENDIDLY at 1080p on my used monitor. I know I put the TX3 retaining bracket on backwards... I'll fix it if I add a GPU later.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

slight correction, it FM2+ not AM2+ :P

nice build btw

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I ignored the red squiggle. Ha. Fixed, and thanks.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem

at least your build is sound, seen too many build where the APU is running with a dGPU esp Geforce GTXs.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Good part choices and reasons behind them, good eye picking faster ram for an APU a lot of people miss that. I'm also really glad to see an APU build where the owner did not slap a GPU that the APU cannot do anything with (crossfirex)which is a waste. Definitely a good build. Also looks like you are starting to work on a red theme, do you plan on putting LED fans in the build?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking of picking up a CoolerMaster 200mm LED fan for the front... or an LED strip in the rear of the case, but undecided at the moment. Appreciate the good words. I tried to do my research. ;)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the case like? good to build in?? tempted on gong for the Core V21 but the core V1 looks great

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Plenty of room inside... I didn't really struggle with anything, other than the power because of where the Gigabyte board has it located... and the HDD caddies are kinda flimsy. But I love. The perforated panels are a little flimsy, but the main chassis is solid. Once the panels are on, you wouldn't know. It's a great little chassis, especially when under $50.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of gaming performance do you get?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have any modern games to test add I'm not that much of a gamer. I can run Fallout New Vegas on very high at 1080p with a 50+ fps average. Battlefield Bad Company 2 online runs super smooth too@1080p and everything erything set to high with little AA. It does really well for me right now. I might not even consider getting a dedicated gpu for some time.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

hello, it's just a great build. I just changed apu to 7890k and the rest is same. but I have a question, how do you use 120mm fan and the fan of liquid cooler on that MB?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The pump mounted up like normal. I'm using 2 fans in push/pull, one fan mounted on the outside for the push, and the other with the radiator on the inside for the pull. You got to be careful with the screws as the ones that came with the pump weren't long enough.