Description

I got into editing video and audio with just an ASUS notebook (U47A) that is a couple years ago. Needless to say it didn't take long for her to start getting a bit upset with me. I started to researching what it would cost to build a PC and figured I could do it for around $600. I didn't not take into account my lust for everything new and shiny. A few months later and this is where I'm at yet I seem to purchase another higher quality party every few weeks.

I am overclocking the APU using the stock Catalyst auto tuner.

The AeroCool DS is a super slick looking case. I am not one for flashy ornamentation so the DS (which is not really all that silent) was right up my alley. It doesn't have many options when it comes to expansion, but you can't get too crazy with a mATX build anyway.

I highly recommend the Lite-On slot loading ODD...no one expects a slot loading drive on a "traditional" PC. The IcyDock drive cage is pretty awesome as well...it feels very well built and even has its own dedicated fan in the cage. I have two 2.5 drives from old notebooks that I pop in from time to time.

The only thing I regret a little is going with a mATX board. I wanted the system to be compact, but now that I realize how much fun I'm having its a bit late. I've run out of room to expand.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 19 points

for a thousand bucks i got myself a gtx 760, bitfenix prodigy, core i5, watercooling 8 gb of ram, for 992 u got urself a pretty bad build, not to mention mixing ram? wtf

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I ******* love the Prodigy :0

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep in mind he does have a massive amount of storage, as well as having purchased windows. Though I do agree that there are several places where it could be improved, it isn't a gaming rig, and was never intended to be one. about $340 of the purchase price of this were used on things that were designed to benefit video editing/things that many gamers don't have to purchase because they either already have or get for free (16 gb ram, dual 1 tb hard drives, a full copy of windows)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

for essentially the same price subtracting price diff of video card, I build a better spec'd editing miniITX box...i7 4770k, matched 16gb ram kit, 250gb EVO, 2TB HDD

  • 71 months ago
  • 11 points

For 1k you could've done a heck of a lot better...

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

If you can , return all the components, and research before you buy anything.

If you need any help in choosing you can always visit logicalincrements.com :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

im confused

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

It is a bad idea to mix different RAM kits, as they do not always play well together and can cause problems.

WD's Caviar Black range are like the premium hard drives, guranteed to last longer than others, however in non-industrial or non-paranoid-professional enironments they're really unneccesary. A Caviar Blue or Seagate Barracuda would have sufficed.

Lastly the 650W PSU is overkill though i see you're going down the upgrade route so it's justified.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Since this is a video editing PC, the blacks may be necessary for quicker access to large video files, though i do agree about the mismatched ram.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Somehow i don't think the hard drives are what would be holding this rig back... :S

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

APUs are great and all, if you budget is about 300-400 pounds... Why did you spend so much on these components? It doesn't even specialise (eg the lack of GPU being excused because you have lots of HDDs 'cause it's a server, or RAM (RAMDisk)).

Dear me...

  • 70 months ago
  • -2 points

because I can

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Such reason. Many skill. So pro.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Spending more money on a case than your CPU and GPU is a terrible idea. I agree with a lot of the other people commenting, you could have done a lot better

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to take a wild guess here and say that you may have accidentally included that extra ram and extra 1tb hdd in your part list?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

think you might be right. Unless he has updated the parts list but not the photos then yeahhh.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Too much haterade on this build. Other than the mixed up RAM,it's nothing to get everyone's collective superman underpants in a bunch.

I wouldn't touch Seagate drives or recommended them to anyone. The only Seagate drive I ever owned died on me after 2 years that resulted in the loss of dozens of photos of my then infant daughter. Yes they are cheaper, but you get what you pay for. And if your working a lot of video and audio for folks as a job or favor, you want reliability.

It's not a bad build. Just dump that crucial memory

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. This build is getting hated on way too much. While it isn't perfect (the mismatched ram being the perfect example), it's not a bad build for his usage model.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's because he spent $50 on a cd reader/writer

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't listen to the people! I think your build is awesome!

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Should have got a fx 6300, huge dif in gaming.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess he bought the HD6670 due to AMD dual graphics. The FX6300 doesn't support that as it doesn't have integrated graphics.

Source: http://www.cpu-world.com/info/AMD/Recommended_graphics_cards_for_AMD_dual-graphics.html

@OP:

Motherboard manufacturers don't recommend using different RAM modules.

I recommend removing the crucial balistic sport RAM as it is bottlenecking the G.Skill RAM. The crucial RAM has higher latencies which can not keep up with the G.Skill RAM, resulting in the G.skill RAM throttling down to the speeds of the crucial RAM.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

the difference in performance from adjusting the latency of ram is actually fairly insignificant, and for video editing work, the more ram, the better.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right, however it is not recommended to use different RAM modules. He is lucky (maybe he knew this already) that the voltages of all 4 RAM modules is the same, as different voltages can bring a lot of instability to the system especially to the motherboard.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

If you actually read the description (or even the NAME OF THE BUILD), this isn't for gaming. the A-series processors offer acceleration in a lot of different video editing programs, so it isn't a poor choice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Why would you buy each 8 GB RAM from different Brands? You could just like use the cheaper brand to get 16 GB right? Get an Athlon X4 750k, its an A 10 without the useless stuff such as integrated GPU since you have a discrete one. Mobo can be cheaper, there's even a mini-itx for FM2 that is more compact and cheaper.

Remember, AMD is only used for builds $900 and below. If you go over it, use Intel.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

While I agree with you about the different RAM being a bad thing, I disagree about you saying the APU is useless for his usage case. Since it's for video editing, and APU's graphics cores can be used to accelerate a lot of video editing programs, it's not actually a bad choice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

An APU can't compare to an fx 6300. Doesn't matter what the use is.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

I guess I'll do my best to respond to the comments... - This is the first time I've built a computer - What I know is self-taught - I AM NOT A GAMER - I went with an A-series processor because I heard on a NewEgg interview AMD is no longer making chips with the AM3 type sockets - I went with 8GB of ram to start then added 8 more at a later date (although I did not know that different brands don't always get along) - The same goes with the HDD, I found a cheap 1TB around x-mas then added another later - I orgininally wanted to go with a workstation card (probably a quadra), but they are hella expensive. I picked up a Radeon HD 6670 because that is what AMD is saying is compatible with my APU to enable dual graphics - The Bitfenix Prodigy is a blatant copy (or attempt I should say) of an Apple design and I could not look at something in my bedroom every day knowing it's a knock-off - I fully acknowledged that my spending got out of hand - The slot loading drive, Aerocool DS case, the IcyDock rack, etc...are just me over indulging in a new hobby - Thanks to anyone who left constructive and realistic comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD isn't making any more FM2 chips either. They're moving on to FM2+

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

will FM2+ be backwards compatible with FM2?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I am using a 750k in fm2+

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

oh dear lord... this build could use some work...

http://memegenerator.net/instance/46408382

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