Description

I built this machine this past Thursday and part of Friday. I plan on using it for course work, watching HD movies, and gaming mainly. Honestly it has handled everything I've thrown at it. I play BF3 with medium and high presets averaging around 50 FPS. There is some micro-lag but I'll go into that a little later.

Reasons for Everything:

CPU- I choose this APU knowing that I would be gaming quite a bit. The actual performance difference between this and the A10 was negligible to say the least. The iGPU is great especially when paired with proper RAM and the 6670.

MoBo- This had everything I needed, nothing I didn't. Also it was recommended by Anandtech, no-brainer.

RAM- The APU needs faster RAM to perform optimally, so that's exactly what I got.

GPU- I know this isn't exactly the a high end card, or even mid-ranged for that matter, but it was the highest I could pair with the iGPU and it works pretty well. My only gripe is when this is paired with the iGPU, there is some micro-lag, but I can't really complain at this price.

Wireless adapter- I ended up getting it but not using it, I use a wireless bridge instead, oh well. It will probably come in handy for my next build.

Case- I honestly can't say anything but good things about this case. It is roomy, has front USB3, an SSD cage, etc. This case is awesome for the price and overall commands the market at this price point. Nothing else really compares for this price IMO.

PSU- I ended up getting a CX430m and I'm glad I did. Not having my case overflowing with unused cables really helped me better air-flow quality and with overall cable management.

DVD- Standard. Got the cheapest one I could find.

HDD- I had a 7200rpm F3 laying around, but plan on upgrading to an ssd soon.

Overall I'm very satisfied with this build. It does everything I need it to. My games are running flawlessly and for the price, who can really complain? Yeah the micro-lag is annoying, but at least I'm playing on mostly high settings at 50FPS (If anyone knows how to fix the issue that would be great!).

Thanks for reading and share your thoughts!

//.Connor

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Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

YAY 200r, always makes me happy to see it!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build. And I'm not just saying that b/c I think the 200R is freakin' awesome (though it is :D).

Part of your setup (APU and 6670) will make up the core of an upcoming build, so I'm curious about the micro-lag.

Anyway, kudos on a job well done. Glad to hear you're already able to enjoy the fruits of your labor :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me put it this way; while playing BF3, I get average 51 FPS on a mixture of medium and high settings, but sometimes, the lag is there and it can get annoying. It's not game changing, but I notice it occasionally and it annoys me. I disabled dual gpu mode just to confirm that was the cause, and indeed I was correct However, when I played just through the GPU, I couldn't get nearly as good as settings or FPS.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha, thanks for the additional insight. Something to keep an eye, no doubt.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

what resolution are you playing at?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

1280x1024

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

SYSTEM UPDATE:

I've now installed a Crucial M4 64 GB for a Windows install, programs, and some games. I've also installed a CM 212 Evo and have a stable overclock of 4.4 ghz. The build flies through everything I throw at it which is mainly some software coding, office programs, light gaming, web browsing, etc.

I will be upgrading the GPU soon as well as adding a second monitor.

Stay Tuned

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice little gaming rig. I REALLY love that G. Skill RAM. Would like to see what you upgrade the GPU to.

Sincerely, A guy with the same first name

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but APU's are still a solid "weapon of choice" for a lot of budget gaming builds.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, and you're not stuck with integrated graphics (besides Crossfire)

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  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Poor overclocks is an understatement. That board will explode if you overclock at all. Not to mention the Phenom II X4s gain a lot of performance from overclocking so if you aren't overclocking the Phenom then you might as well just get an i3 as it outperforms the Phenom at stock.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I realized that, a little too late, but oh well.