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I was tired of my 1.4 GHz PC so I decided to get a PC that worked a little better and I think I got a decent PC for how much (or little) on it. I only spent ~$250 on it so far. This is my first build and I'm sorry about the cable management, but my PC still stays pretty cool. I'll do a better job on cable management when I get a modular PSU. I'm pretty poor so I decided to get the AMD A4-4000 CPU. It works really well and the integrated graphics are pretty good as well. I'm probably going to upgrade it to an A10 later on. The motherboard works really well. I like how in the BIOS you can set a password, so when you start up the PC you have to type it in. I'm going to eventually upgrade to a full ATX board later. The RAM for some reason hasn't arrived yet so I took it out of my other PC (I ordered it the 27 of December and it's now the 27 of January and still hasn't arrived). The Azza SIRIUS case looks decent but it didn't come with USB 3.0 plugins as advertised. The CoolMax 500W PSU has not had any problems. The Optical Drive reads discs, but it is really loud. It's the only thing I can hear on my PC. The fans didn't screw in properly so I had to drill new holes into them. I already had some HDDs that I took out of some old computers. I'm planning on getting a MSI GTX 750 TWIN FROZR. If you have a better card for ~160 or less, leave a comment. Overall, this PC is really good for the price range.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 8 points

instead of switching to the a10, get the athlon x4 860k. it is an a10 without the integrated gpu, so it is less expensive. since your getting a gpu, it would be a smart choice

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the idea. That is a really smart choice. I'll look into it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Also, make sure you update your BIOS before you install the 860k, I didn't know I had to and my system wouldn't even boot.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you do that? I'm getting this motherboard: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-a68hme33

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Do this. An APU with a gpu isn't as cost-effective.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

With the recent price drops it is getting more reasonable, but until AMD drops the prices more, you're right.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

860k are a huge bang for the buck. Highly recommend. Other than that, not a bad little starter setup, however the cable management is a little rough. I did a build in that same case, just ran the 4 pin CPU power behind the MB and tucked all the PSU cables underneath that bottom HDD caddy.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

You're really gonna have to re-do that cable management once your GPU arrives.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

for a card under $160 i would get a 270, and you should swap out that power supply asap. coolmax isnt a good brand (check around online,) but you can get a 400-500w evga power supply for cheap

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks for the feedback. I'll definitely look into it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're willing to go with eBay, you can get some fantastic deals. My build uses an XFX 280x that I got for $180, and it seems to have no wear. You can easily find good condition used 270s on ebay for $100.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks for the info. I'll check and see if eBay has any 270Xs.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do end up getting a gpu, I would upgrade your processor to an Athlon series.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I got my Asus DCUII r9 280x for $155, so it was $170 wth shipping. Very good deals if you look hard enough.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You think the MSI Radeon R9 270X TWIN FROZR would be better than the GTX 750?

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9270xgaming2g

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

any 270 is better than a 750ti, you should check up on benchmarks before you go buying anything

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp%5B%5D=2815&cmp%5B%5D=2766

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay, thanks a lot. I'll get the 270X then.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

i agree the 270x and above blows away the 750 ti and you could get a 260x and Overclock it and it will have a lead over the 750 ti

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, if I can get it before it ends, I will. Thanks a lot!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you forgot cable management..

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't matter, already scrapped this one and got another. Cable management is a little better on my new one.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little build. I used that case myself, but put in red fans and painted the blue red.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Did your case come with USB 3.0 plugins?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It has the 3.0 plugs in the front, bit sadly cant use them due to not having a 2.0 to 3.0 cable for the motherboard :(

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine doesnt come with 3.0 either, but thats because this case is the same as the Azza CZ06, except for that one has 3.0. Its only advertised s that because they use the same box/packaging. On the box there should be a checkmark on which ine it is

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool little build man!

If you don't want to look real hard for price changes and such a r7 260x would fit, heck I use it everyday.

On the other hand, the r9 270 is sitting pretty at about $150 with some sales here and there.

Overall man, looking forward to seeing what you do! After-all, it's your choice :p

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

For $0 this is an amazing build! :D

I like it. I don't think the case allows for much cable management, but if it does, you should work on that a little bit :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

There are so many cards that are really good for 160 dollars or less. get an R9 270x or 270. Also Coolmax powersupplys are so unreliable. get an athlon 860k for your next cpu instead.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks for the info.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The GTX 750ti is AMAZING for the price. I'm able to play most games on ATLEAST medium settings with reasonable FPS (40-60+). I've since clocked it (only very slightly) and get another 5fps on games like BF4, Bioshock and the upcoming Evolve.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Wise choice would be the X4 860K (already stated) and an R9 270X. The 270X has much better performance over the GTX 750.

Also that CPU isn't going to do any good when it fails and wipes your system. Before a GPU upgrade (maybe even the CPU), I'd recommend a 500-600w PSU. Corsair, EVGA, and (some) Rosewill's are good.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks a lot for the info.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

if you are willing to get a bit of an older gpu, you can get a sapphire dualx or vapor x 7950/70 for $150ish, if you want the OPNESS of the 3 slot asus one, then it is usually around the same price if you can find one :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This might be too late but I'm wondering if it can run gta 5

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know, I've gotten a new PC that runs GTA 5 really well, but I think this one might run it on really low settings

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you posting the new one?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give me a picture of the backside if the case? I'm doing a build with this case and want to see the USB port area. Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

this is soo cheap, its all together $0.00

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that a 1050 ti would be a good gpu under $160. Its pascal and has 4gb of vram.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

TigerDirect has an awesome deal right now for the CPU! They have a AMD FX-8310 8 Cored Processor 3.4 ghz for $90 right now. End's in 4 days if you're interested in upgrading! But other than that really nice budget build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Any FX series processor will not be compatible with the FM2+ socket

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Ahhh I see, dang. Such a beast processor for the money! This is what I'm going to be putting in my build within the next couple of days.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

An R9 270 is not "basically" an r9 280. The r9 280 is an incremental step above the R9 270/270x

Now, the 270/270x are re-releases of the 7870/7870ghz, and the R9 280 is a re-release of the Radeon 7950.

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