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This is my very first build and I have to say, I wouldn't have attempted it if I didn't find this website. Thanks for all the help, especially Nachos, your advice was well received :) I mainly built this computer to play MMOs. I was highly considering going back to World of Warcraft, but after doing a little reading I found Lord of the Rings Online which is feeding my addiction nicely. I managed to get the dual graphics up and running...fumbled with it a little bit, but eventually figured it out. I know its not even close to top of the line, but I'm tickled to death with it. If I can get to 2015 without upgrading, I'll be one happy gamer.

Any suggestions or problems you see with my build please feel free to post. I take criticism very well, but keep in mind it is my first time.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does it run everything?

  • 82 months ago
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Most of it is set to the highest setting, but there are a few things it has trouble with. Water on the game isn't as clear as it should be, but it's not a big issue. It's never choppy and I don't get any lag. I would love to test the FPS, but I'm not exactly sure how to do that.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I use FRAPS to test fps

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice, thanks. Just tested it, hovers between 100-110 fps IN combat :) HUGE step up from my old computer. Not sure how it performs in a raid setting or when more stuff is happening, but I used to run at 25 fps so whew, big step up for me.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Fraps is a free utility to test and gauge FPS ratings -> www.fraps.com

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see people trying dual graphics.

  • 82 months ago
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It saved me some money going that route instead of getting intel. I know the build I made by myself had intel i3 processor but the rest was seriously lacking because I had to budget. I'm so happy I took the advice given to me here and went with AMD.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

For your budget, you couldn't do much better. It should definitely last you 2 years unless you start wanting to play some really strenuous games on max settings.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Decent APU + GPU combo build. I would've recommended some higher clocked memory like 2133MHz for the APU to generate as much graphical throughput. For this build, you really didn't need a 600W power supply or one from a questionable manufacturer. Just keep an eye on the PSU in case it sounds or smells like its going to "pop".

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no...I will, seems like the first thing to go in my previous PCs was the video card or PSU. Of course, most of the pieces were used and handed down to me but when its all you have...

I really don't know why I got the 600W, unless the tower and the power supply came as a combo? I'll be sure to keep my ears open, she runs so quite so I'll know if something is brewing in there.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree with Teejers in the fact you probably could've tried to fit faster RAM into the budget because dual graphics with an APU runs off the lowest bus speed, which more often than not happens to be the CPU's RAM. you could try to overclock the RAM, but A: overclocking RAM is generally not recommended for anyone who didn't know what they were doing, B: you could greatly shorten the lifespan of said RAM (as with any device that's overclocked), and C: i'm not sure how Corsair's XMS series overclocks if it can be overclocked at all.

for less than $700 and the fact that you're playing MMOs faster than the typical refresh rate of a regular monitor, i can't think of many more improvements that would not stray into opinionated territory, other what i mentioned with RAM and maybe some slight improvement to cable management. might want to try getting some cables through those routing holes in your spare time.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Faster RAM. When I get a little extra cash I'll probably do just that. I built a computer, but I have to say the extent to my knowledge was what pieces are what and where they go. I researched from this site mainly, for about a little over a month and was extremely nervous when the pieces started flowing in.

I got too excited when it came to the cables. I saw a bunch of comments on here about cable management. I'd see a picture of extraordinary pc with cables going everywhere. I ended up using zip ties to keep them in place :/ I have no idea if that's ok so I think it's time to get in there and fix that mess.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

it's not a priority to get faster RAM, but when you do you'll definitely notice a few frames' difference.

right now, the cabling appears to not be in the way of proper airflow, and many of us on this site have seen worse. like i said, you might want to at least try to get some of those cables through those routing holes, as it's primarily why they are there in the first place. if you are otherwise unsure about how to do proper management, Youtube videos like a guide by Linus Tech Tips is a good place to start.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

From the bios screen the CPU temp is 40° C