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AA-trox (My second build for a friend)

by Lightheart3596


He was playing League of legends at 20fps on low setting on his old computer. So him, me, and our friend went to Microcenter at 10:00 a.m. It was funny. When we walked in the store my friend just points at me and said "We is the one you need to talk to about this stuff." So I had to look at/ get all the parts while my friends were playing crysis 3 at one of there trial computer. All the parts together cost a little under $475. We all got home at 11:00 a.m. and started working it was all finished (with the OS installed) at 3:00 p.m. At some moment when I got really tired on trying to hook up the FPC, I just see if I could start it but touching the PWR switch with the screw driver I was using. When everything was starting up, My friends jumped on me and hugged me as I said "It works! It works!" We named his computer after the new LoL character that just came out Aatrox. Anyway, this is what I think of the parts . . . .

CPU - I've used it on my build. I still recommend it for anybody who is doing a budget build. Still recommend getting a CPU cooler though.

MOBO - I was kinda surprised that we were able to get this MOBO. I didn't think we had the budget for it but Microcenter pulled through.

RAM - Eh. I'm happy that we got at least 4GB of RAM but I don't like the 2x2 set up :/ not saying it's bad RAM. I have 8GB of Ballistix sport in my build but i dunno at least he has room for 8GB down the road.

HDD - I wanted to go in with 500GB but I got a 1TB out of it. Not too bad. It's all he needs.

GFX card - It should do what he wants. He wants to play modern games at medium settings at 720p. I believe this GFX card will do that for him.

Case - Another Eh. Don't get me wrong at ALL. I LOVE NZXT cases but dealing with screws sucks SOOOO badly. My fingers still hurt from it ;.;. I still recommend the case for people who are on a budget.

PSU - It should run everything he needs. It's kinda funny really. That PSU is sooo small in the NZXT source 210 but hey I got it for a nice price so I'm happy and my friend is happy as well.

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Smily 2 points 69 months ago

Well done. I'm sure your friend is very happy!

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

And being at a minimum wage job he is really happy with the price too. Here I was, just making sure everything worked and was connected right while I see my friends in the basement eating pocky and taking pictures of me building it Xp.

Smily 2 points 69 months ago

Pocky is good stuff, though

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

I know right XD.

trainer772 1 Build 2 points 69 months ago

I can't say no. Great budget rig.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Thank you

Apach3 3 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

not bad for a build that can later have stuff added to it later on down the road, and for ~$400 for everything in the tower that's pretty impressive. don't worry about RAM; i too have 4GB of RAM and i've been happy with that for the last three years.

i personally wouldn't recommend that motherboard, mainly because i don't trust ASRock's standing as a reliable brand. the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 wouldn't be too far off in terms of price, have a few more features for upgrading (like a USB3 internal header) and would come from a much more trustworthy brand. but again, that's just me.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

That guy at Microcenter did consider that one MOBO but he found a deal on ATX MOBOs so we went with that instead. I told my friend to get another 2x2 RAM kit when he gets the chance just because games are going to be using 8GB of RAM pretty soon. And thank you.

Apach3 3 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

as far as i know, if you buy a CPU with any motherboard at Microcenter, you're still up for a combo deal of a good $40. i still probably would've went with the Gigabyte board anyways, unless that would've been too far over the budget.

well, what am i saying? if your friend is happy, then that's all that matters. hope everything works out in the end :D

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

He got what he wanted. We got a $50 deal on the ASrock board because they were over stocked over here plus he has no USB3.0 front panel support on the MOBO. He was really happy. So far he told me he's getting 50fps on the the highest settings on Minecraft, Maxed out everything in WoW, and he can finally max out LoL with 60fps. I told him to abuse his GFX card to see what he can get out of it performance wise :p. Next game he's testing out Metro 2033 XD.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

ah, then it works out well in the end.

WoW, LoL, and Minecraft don't need much to be maxed out, as they all appear to be designed to accommodate just about every computer with hardware that's at least 3-4 years of age. even on a first-gen Intel Core i3 laptop processor, League can be played at a decent 30ish frames (i know this from experience). Minecraft, on the other hand, not so much XD

Eatin_Sundip 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

I love it! I have to say as far as most intel builds come they are beefy for the price but AMD sure controls the budget build range! Congrats!

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Don't congratulate me. Congratulate my friend. He was using a Dell tower from "07 to play his games and him upgrading to this made him really happy. And thank you.

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

The only mistake I see is that you got a bulldozer core instead of the pilerdriver. The fx-4300 isn't far off in terms of price and is a much better chip. The best budget option would have been the fx-6300 but that is about $30 more. Otherwise, I think it is a great build on a budget.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

He's on a minimum wage budget he couldn't afford a 6300 if he tried XD. And I used the FX-4100 (using a 6300 now). It will do what he wants no problem. It's still a nice cpu for the budget. I mean we got the MOBO for cheap because of the FX-4100 (they took off $40 dollars I think). and thank you.

DjArtifact 1 point 69 months ago

I would have gone with a richland APU like the A10-6800k. It uses piledriver cores which would make it faster than the fx-4100 and it would be just as upgradable with a second 6670 for crossfire or a different discrete GPU.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Well over here, the APUs were really expensive :/. I tried considering an APU build but high speed RAM at Microcenter is also really high in price and he wanted the parts today. I told him that an APU will be a little more harder to upgrade down the road so we both deside to stick with the CPU/GPU set up. He is still really happy with his build. Too bad he had to go to work when everything was done installing XD.

kenh536 2 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Wow really? The a10-5800k goes for about $10 more than the fx-4100 online... that stinks. Hard to believe Microcenter and high price in the same sentence haha. What do you mean it would be harder to upgrade though? The APUs are pretty capable standalone quad cores.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

I know but over here the A10 series (5800/6800) runs like $120-$150 (with not a good combo deal. It,s like $20 off the MOBO rather than the usual $40 or in out case $50). With that money, I could of got a FX-6300 but I see what you're getting at.

PickItApart 1 point 69 months ago

The price you have listed is $523.10, you can edit the prices to the correct amount.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

I got Incredibly lazy XD.

Psymon 1 point 69 months ago

Cable management bro.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

XD I was running out of time to do that. He had to go into work. I told him next time I'm over I'll fix it for him and put some fans in for him.

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I love your cables man

I don't see any front fan. I don't see any bottom fan. I don't see any top fan. So all I see is plenty of empty space for air to wiggle around. Except for the look, your cables can stay like this forever, they don't obstruct anything.

Maybe I would have put the PSU the other way around so it can be used as an extra exhaust fan. That's about it from my point of view. But overall it's good! Gotta love budget builds

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Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

I wanted him to upgrade down the road. I wanted to go with APU based build but APU builds are a bit tough upgrading so I thought a CPU/GPU option would be better. And it's not just LoL. It's ALL the games that he bought but could never play (like Bioshock, Call of Duty, ect) because he had to play his games on a Dell tower from '07. And thank you.

kenh536 2 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

An APU rig would have worked great. The Richland a10-6800k has the cpu power of the fx-4100 and with the right RAM, slightly faster than a ddr3 6670. That APU would have been just as powerful as the fx-4100 for a discrete card later on, and eliminated the need for one saving initial money spent. Also I don't like that Toshiba when a WD cavair blue is the same price and a much more reputable brand. Wouldn't be a bad idea to take some cable ties to at least group up some of them wires to increase airflow and prevent some dust buildup. I know that feel with no cable management. But, you didn't do bad, just trying to help. Nice build.

Lightheart3596 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

The 6800 would of been out of budget for him. Even the 5800 was a lot of money. For some reason, over here in Missouri, APUs are frowned upon at Microcenter XD. Like I said, I really did considered a APU build but a CPU/GPU build is much more reliable when it comes to upgrading. Plus since APUs run on system memory (and likes fast MHz RAM) the RAM got really expensive. As for the HDD . . it's an Eh. I mean, I have a Toshiba and It's not bad (would of liked a WD or a Seagate but this Toshiba hasn't done anything bad yet so I'm not complaining). Plus they had a deal on it. It was a $55 (or $57 I don't have the receipt) when you you bought it in store. It's just there ya know :p. As for the Cable management . . . . yeah . . . . i didn't have much time to do much. Both of them were heading into work and they just wanted to see the build work.

MySong 2 points 69 months ago

it can be crossfired with a 7770 i think.