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I recently Built this as to out do my previous endeavor which was a free Emachines w3644 that I put from 300-400 dollars into, it consisted of A Athlon 64X2 6000+ Black Editon, a Geforce 8800GT 512MB, 2GB Ram, and an upgraded PSU Antec 400w. This new build has and will outdo, my expectations as far as yet. I've seen critical differences between the Intel HD Graphics on my laptop to the Radeon 8570d APU Graphics and finally the Radeon HD 7700, which is actually the XFX Ultra Overclock edition, which wasn't listed on the PcPartPicker list, neither was my hard drive, nor my correct case even though it had the same model #, 298WBP, it DOES have a Front USB 3.0 header which in fact i'm very pleased with so far. The Gigabyte board's UEFI Bios is simply beautiful, and the overclock/RAM memory options are wonderful, from easytune right on the desktop, to increasing the actual clocks. Which I don't dare touch yet, until I buy a new PSU and my 120mm Blue LED Fans for Cooling. Cause I am iffy about the reviews of the PSU the Raidmax RX-500S, about fried boards and what not, I am light on this PC, my gaming and testing the graphics under high settings will be the most of the burden i'll weigh on this PSU, I Am Hoping the XFX Cards Power needs doesn't draw a strain on the already loud PSU, but i'm reassured thus far, because every time I reach behind the rear fan of the PSU it a stream of icy air, so i'm pleased but not convinced as of yet this wasn't a bad purchase. The Case itself I couldn't ask for more in, of course it could of used the pretty LED Fans that is said were optional yet I couldn't get them along with the case, it has usb2.0/usb 3.0 headers and HD audio in front while accommodating a blue feathered 120mm system fan in the rear (no LEDS.) The APU is a charm, with APU Graphics, no Video Card seems to be the way to go with this one, but im like a kid in a candy shop when I read these reviews on graphics cards and there additional Core Clocks MHZ, I couldn't help myself, and ended up buying this secondhand XFX card, original but used, new but not too tidy, still has the removable protective plastic coating that says "Remove Before Installation," but that's all right, and when smelling the fan on the GPU, (I'm Weird right? Well better safe, than sorry!) It smells like burnt WOOD!? Well I guess that cant be half bad, maybe the person who had it had a chimney, oh yeah, they lived in Colorado. LOL. (I'm From NY State, if you didn't notice i'm an egotistic *******)

I will finish this review fully once I've had a go with this Video Card, and done some benches, core temps, and whatnots... Comments are appreciated, but not depreciated, I am not really an *******, just trying to be humorous.

Edit: I'm Not Sure if anyone notices I have NO CD/DVD Drive, all my media is USB Flash Drive, USB 3.0 External Hard Drive.

P.S. I definitely think this blows my old eMachines crap out the water.

Update: I actually only spent $434.40 on this build, I just put up the prices here to show how much the machine is really worth at this time. Which comes out to a total of $352.40 I saved shopping.

Update: Installed Corsair CX430, New Pics Uploaded. Update: The Display I have listed isn't the one I am using, it's actually the Lenovo LL2262wA, I got it for 60 bucks.

Update: The Corsair CX430 I purchased off of eBay failed on me, very curiously, but it was USED anyway. (And Tampered With...) I Put The old Raidmax RX-500S back in with a LOT of painstaking Cable Management, (Even though the cables are ugly and they barely reach all the components, (IT WORKS DOESNT IT?))

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  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

You should really think about getting a new power supply. Like right now. Because you have a pretty nice computer here and Raidmax power supplies tends to kill those.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, yea I had thought that I should so I have a few in mind. A Rosewill 700W or Apevia 700, I figure if I ever want to go Crossfire all i'll need is a different motherboard GA-F2A75M-D3H.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

When I saw your comment I was like AW **** because I'm going to buy that power supply but he updated the list without the new pics and I'm like

o.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea can't wait to get my LED Fans...

  • 72 months ago
  • -3 points

I have a Raidmax yet to kill my system!

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

That doesn't fix their reputation...

  • 72 months ago
  • -3 points

But their not all **** hell any PSU could blow

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

But more Raidmax ones are crap than other brands...

  • 72 months ago
  • -2 points

I wanna see solid proof. besides some list that says it lol

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Model power supply is the Raidmax you have?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

630 SS

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah what xx116xx said and the an athlon x4 750k could of done the job better as the cpu for $15 less, otherwise its a nice build for the price!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I guess you are right, price-wise that is unbeatable. 3.4ghz quadcore, so I went overboard on that but for the extra $15 I could always, trade out the gpu, and still have the APU graphics which are awesome...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

what games do you play??

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Um So far, all I tested were Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Need For Speed Most Wanted, NFS The Run. I'm about to test GTAIV EFLC, and I cant wait to try Far Cry 3, and Crysis 2, these are just SOME of the games I have on my external hard drive that I haven't been able to play for awhile.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What fps do you get??

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks For Asking IDK really, lol, I'm going to look into that now that someone asked.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I just installed Windows 8.1 PROWMC, and now it seems my games are lagging a bit more, and I tried the FRAPS on Assassins Creed Black Flag. It says that their at 21 23 FPS on 1080p, with high everything SSAO, low God rays. I'm not impressed with the simple switch from windows 8 to 8.1 and I have less HD Space, and now its lagging in the game.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

But I'm currently using my Gigabyte Driver Cd That was included with my Mobo, which I did with the Win 8 Installation, I didn't do it with the Win 8.1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. However, I'm surprised you paired an APU with a GPU. The iGPU just goes to waste. You should've gotten an Athlon instead of the A8, as it is the same CPU, only without the iGPU.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I was hoping to run it as a Dual Graphics setup, which hasn't worked (So FAR) but for my GPU being only 1 GB, I surprisingly have a total Graphics Memory of 2787MB, I'm guessing that's virtual memory too.?? IDK..

  • 72 months ago
  • -1 points

You can't crossfire a A8 and a 7770......

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I wasn't trying to do that, I was trying to do a "Dual Graphics" Setup. http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/dual-graphics/Pages/dual-graphics.aspx But i guess I went a lil overboard witht the graphics card it was supposed to be a Radeon HD 6670 not a 7770. My b. LOL I love the GPU I got anyway, but I really need a different PSU, its LOUD.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Dual graphics is crossfire, basically.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right I was looking farther into the Dual Graphics its pretty much the same as crossfire, they said on their website that it IS Crossfire.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have bought a cheaper display and put that extra $ into a better gpu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I guess your right, lol, but I only paid $60 dollars for it..??

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I came from the new updated version? Isn't the 430 PSU like 20 bucks in most places? Just wondering why you still got it used.