Description

This build is the result of hording computer parts for years. Which is why this thing has a 1000W power supply. It's just what I had. I only needed some RAM to build a complete system.

It is mostly going to be used as a home theater system and for some nostalgic gaming. For those few times a year when I need to run through Diablo II real quick or face down Kefka once more. I was able to play Dragon Age Inquisition at 1080p on low/medium settings but I don't think I'll be installing The Witcher 3. I ran some benchmarks and found the the APU by itself actually got better scores than the R7 250 when not running in dual graphics mode. But when dual graphics were enabled, I actually more than doubled either benchmark. So dual graphics works pretty well.

Speaking of the R7 250, It's a super cheesy card. The fan isn't centered on the heatsink and the plastic shroud is complete with fake screw heads. It works well though and I've given it the little overclock it will take.

I let the Asus software overclock the processor and it took it up to 4.3Ghz. That's a nice boost without having to do any work. The processor didn't seem to want to go up to its 4.0Ghz turbo speed but with the overclock it has no problem staying at 4.3 all day long. The low temps the A10 runs put me in somewhat unfamiliar territory as my other rig has an overclocked FX 9370.

I really like this build and it is probably a little overkill for what I am going to be doing with it. I was pleasantly surprised by how capable it turned out to be.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Dope!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

a10 apu, + dog ?! = a big 1+ :D! love it

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm not sure how the dog feels about the APU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible for you to run sli with the r7 250 and the GPU in the a10, because i heard that its possible with some r7 cards.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. That's how I have it running right now. AMD calls it "Dual Graphics" when set up this way.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, awesome build! How's performance when running in dual graphics? I can't seem to find any sort of review on this style of build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There are some reviews out there. I've run dual graphics and I have run the A10 with a R9 380(yay Red Team!). I haven't done the math but I think the R9 with an Athlon X4 will give you far better performance per dollar than the A10 with R7 card. Or maybe with an GTX 960 instead of R9 or something like that. But as an HTPC rig, the A10 can't be beat. Its really a great processor. I'm excited to see what AMD does with their APUs next. I'd love to see an R9 graphics APU though I know matching system memory with graphics memory is an issue.

So, if I were on a serious budget, I'd run the Athlon X4 with whatever graphics card I could afford. And then upgrade from there later. Disregard if this doesn't pertain to you.

  • 48 months ago
  • -2 points

are you kidding me? the case costs more than the GPU, the ram costs more than the cpu. any way great build but i still don't understand the 1000W PSU. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

What do you not understand about SPARE PARTS

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

You know. I need that 1000W. In case I decide to add another R7 250 in the future.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, those 250s are quite the power hungry bunch. You may need to consider a 1500w PSU if you add another :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

HEY HEY JUST WANDERING CAN YOU DO LIKE 3 WAY CROSSFIRE WITH DUAL R7 250 AND A10 iGPU?!?!?!

Sorry for caps.... got a bit excited there...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

MAYBE?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

YAY PLEASE DO TRY IT IF YOU GET ANOTHER R7 250... XD

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well,now I'm curious. I'll look around for a cheap one.