Description

Here are the details for Marshmallow.

It was a budget build but not with all used parts, just where it made sense.

  • New parts:
  • CPU Cooler
  • Thermal Paste
  • RAM
  • Case
  • Windows
  • Noctua Fans

  • Used parts:

  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • Hard Drive
  • Video Card
  • Power Supply

After it was assembled i had an issue with the APU. The PC wouldn't recognize the graphics chip on it. I bought the video card two or three weeks later. First i tought about a Sapphire 250E with the passive heatsink then i thought i can get a bit more power for a bit less money when i buy a used 260X OC.

It will be modified in the future with an SSD and a better CPU. I am thinking about a Samsung 850 Evo with 250 GB and the AMD Athlon X4 870K Black Edition. When i upgrade to a better CPU i will also add another Noctua NF-F12 in the front.

Maybe i will also get an better GPU before my brother gets Marshmallow.

Update:

I gave Marshmallow too my brother and i built myself a new PC.

A better CPU is still planned but not the 870K.

Price

€321.62 which would convert to 366.44 US $

So i did some Benchmarks:

  • Dirt 3:
  • Settings
  • 1080p
  • everything max and on
  • 4x MSAA
  • average of three runs
  • Results
  • Total Frames: 3952
  • Avg. FPS: 42,33
  • Min. FPS: 31,21

  • Grid 2:

  • Settings
  • 1080p
  • everything max and on
  • 4x MSAA
  • average of three runs
  • Results
  • Total Frames: 3651
  • Avg. FPS: 28,57
  • Min. FPS: 20,76
  • Max. FPS: 44,29
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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for a4 4000

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks after i install the new CPU i want to build a HTPC with the A4-4000

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

cats and PCs, two of my favorite things

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for cat!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

She wanted to check out the build. ;-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

A4-4000, I'm impressed! I thought they were bundled with soldered-on mobo kits. 260X is a nice card, even recent games will run fine on it (with some adjustments). The WD Green might not be a perfect match though. It's the kind of drive I use for backups and general storage.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. The WD Green was from my external Hard Drive for the Mac. I used it to keep the costs down. It runs fine but not perfect but i did't expect it to do that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

right on!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hats off for this build, I'm speccing a system for a friend who also wants a budget PC, might have to take some inspiration from this!

Additional approval earnt for the obligatory cat picture!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, i appreciate your thoughts. I had luck with the CPU because it only costed me 9 € second hand. And for the beginnig its enough.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do get a new GPU, you could get another Radeon card and just crossfire it with your existing one.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about that, but first think i would need a new CPU because the A4-4000 doesn't support crossfire and doesn't has enough "umpf" in general.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooh I see. Had no idea the A4 doesn't support crossfire but it makes sense.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if it would support crossfire. But there is something wrong with the chip because the PC will not show me its graphics chip. -.-

Edit: I know for sure it doesn't support PCIe 3.0 so its bottlenecking the 260X

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you add some benchmarks for the build?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah of course. I am working on doing a few and add them all in one go.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

ok ty

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Neos case? I was considering that case but went with the H22 because it was a bit cheaper. Looks like the Neos would have been the better buy.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to write a review about it but in three weeks i have a big exam. Some initial impressions are: It is a good built case but also a cheap built case. Out of the box it would be more suited for silent components like one of the Thermalright Macho CPU coolers. NO noise dampening (just rubber feet at the bottom and rubber standoffs for the power-supply. But all in all a nice case. I would buy it again but only for max 40 € not more.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol wtf the back of this case is EXACTLY the same as the corsair spec 01. Ima let corsair know about this one.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked at the Spec 01, it also is internally very similar to the BitFenix Neos. LOL

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I told corsair about it. The back and bottom of the case are EXACTLY the same so I was kindove concerned lol.