Description

I built this machine for my cousin as he knew very little about computers. While this is not what I would do with $500 it is what he wanted. I would do a cheaper case and use that money elsewhere but the owner was very happy when this pc was built. He is planning on putting a graphics card into this build probably a rx480 but he is waiting until all of the new graphics card comes out. He is currently using the computer for some light gaming such as cs go and similar games. The build was a fun to do but again I would change a couple things if I was redoing it. Overall he was very happy with this computer so it worth it.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

All and all a decent budget build, I would have made several different choices but so long as it turns on and you are happy that is all that matters.

I feel just about everything (less the mobo, CPU, case) could have been much better for a few extra dollars. Silicon power is known for failures, a few extra dollars could have gotten a Kingston or OCZ which have much better ratings. I cannot say much since I do own this very SSD, I got it for $28 on Amazon Prime day. Its cheap and it works. Faster RAM for that iGPU (APU's love fast RAM) would get better gaming performance. Still a sub $500 build that has a SSD and Windows is not bad.

There is really only one major change I would make to your parts list if I was the one building it. Since you said he is planning in getting a RX480, I would have gone with a Athlon x860k saving almost $100. I feel using the motherboard iGPU for a few months to get the RX480 would have been worth it. Just my 2 cents. :)

But again all that really matters is that the owner is happy. I am sure it is really quick in general operations from the SSD. Really clean looking build to boot. +1 mate

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Kingston SSDs are garbage.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have changed so much with this build if he would of listened to me haha. I had to stay under 500 with windows and the razer case so i had about 200 for everything else i would of had him wait until he had a little more but he wanted to asap. The total with shipping was like $499. He is loving it which is all that really matters but I agree that a lot could be changed for the better but unfortunately I could not talk him out of a lot thing. I sm sure he will be having me change and upgrade it in the future but thank you for the input. I was very nervous with this ssd but so far its going well. Thank for the input though!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

At first glance I really thought the CPU cooler was the PSU :s from second pic

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

that is the new AMD Wraith cooler which is replacing the noisy cooler which was used on the FX8350

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Nice Build. Glad to finally see someone try out the AMD A10-7890K.

BTW, did you test the system out before giving it to him? I'd like to know how it was doing in terms of the games he was playing on it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I did not get to test as we had a total of like 3 hours to build the computer and install windows and all of his drivers and what not on internet that doesn't even get 1 down. He did say next time he is up he will bring the computer because I want to do some testing and redo some cable management I will post once I get to test.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

This build isn't too bad. Is it good? Not really but to be honest, it'll play games like CS:GO with ease. Want to know what would make it even smoother? A kit of 2x4GB DDR3 Ram @ 2133 - 2400Mhz. The price difference is little, probably 3 to 4 dollars and the performance gained would've been huge. I know that your cousin is going to add a GPU later down the road but for temporary performance gains, 2 to 3 dollars might end up being worth it.

As for the SSD, Silicon Power? Really? There really is only 4-5 brands of SSD anybody should trust. Crucial, Sandisk, Kingston, Samsung ,and Intel. As for the case, wise option. The s340 is beautiful and he will probably never want to change cases.

Overall, +1 :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

It plays cs:go and ftl but what doesnt play ftl haha. I would love to change a lot and I know the ssd is awful but i was already a litlle over budget and he told me he wanted it. I personally use kingston haha. The case is pretty but not worth an extra 10 dollars for a razer logo and some lights. It was fun to build in though as I have a phantek enthoo pro and it is a monster compared to the s340.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The moment when your case is almost as expensive as your CPU and GPU combined.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

My recommendations:

  1. Use dual-channel RAM for an APU (two RAM sticks)
  2. I'm not sure how many games you have but im pretty sure 120gb isn't enough for what I have (if it is enough space just ignore this one)
  3. Good case choice :)
  4. You could get a 450W 80+ bronze EVGA power supply for about 10$ more or less
  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you pay for Windows then?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

You were already asked to stop suggesting this. Please stop.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure PCPP doesn't allow recommending Kinguin on the site. May be wrong but be careful.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem is that a lot of YouTubers suggest it. For example, in a build video by Pauls Hardware, he buys a key from Kinguin and really promoyes how they're cheap and stuff. Since he is a trusted YouTuber a lot of people will go by his word before doing research into the issues it may cause. To be fair, if you want cheap Windows, you can legally use Windows 10 unactivated.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

In an APU build I don't see it causing any issues, though adding a GPU will push this PSU a bit farther then I would like. He could have gotten worse, much worse. Looks like this build was done as cheaply as possible sans the case and A10. The Silicon Power SSD's are fairly slow and have a high failure rate, an extra $5-10 here would have gone a long way. The RAM is really slow for an APU, and a noname brand at that again an extra $5-10 would have gone a long way.

Much like you I would have made different choices, but I suppose all that matters is it will turn on. lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

While i have to agree the PSU and SSD could be of better quality given the budget was not focused on the fancy Razor casing.

I dont think it would matter because the user do not know how to a computer works

so it best leave to the experts to handle PC troubles

As for the RAM, the Avexir brand had been in the market for quite a while.

their lineup includes RAM with LED, and MSI Gaming Dragon editions RAM

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wanted to change quite a bit in this build I didn't have a lot of wiggle room and what not. The case is the biggest thing I was against but the biggest problem was he was focused more on looks then performance hence the ram having green glowing. I again would of changed if this build was for someone who wanted to seriously join the pc master race he does the majority of his gaming on a ps4 he only plays a few on the computer so this will be more then fast enough and this build will more then likely be changed and upgraded before anything to bad happens .

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