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I use this computer for everyday use and some light MMO gaming. I caught a lot of heat going with an APU build and not going supper budget from friends. Not sure why because this does everything and more that I need. I plan on getting a SSD when my budget allows me to and probably 2 more sticks of RAM. I went with the Fractal case and water cooled CPU cooler for quite operation and no lights. My monitor is a 29" TV 1280p @ 60hrz nothing real fancy I got a supper price on it so. Any information, comments, feedback, or suggestions welcome and thank you.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

first off, let me say that you've got a good system from an organization standpoint, and congrats on it being an APU build. you made the right choices with regards to what goes where hardware-wise; an APU loves fast RAM, and pairing it with an HD6670 makes it a great budget CPU/GPU combo.

however, i clearly see why you'd catch heat for this: it's expensive for its performance tier. as appealing as the APU is, it's only really meant for budget HTPC and gaming builds due to its Radeon integrated graphics being much better than Intel's solution at a highly competitive price point. at the $1000 marker, this warrants at least an FX-8350/i5-3570k and an HD7870/GTX660. on top of that, you bought twice as much wattage for your power supply than you'd ever really need with that APU/6670 combo, and unless you had one of those two HDDs laying around you could've exchanged one for a decent SSD.

with a little bit of effort into saving a few bucks for what you have, you could easily take off $200 to put towards games and movies.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I just realized I didn't change some prices I got on some things. Windows 8 was free from school Both HDDs was from old computer PSU was a birthday gift

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

ah, then in that case, everything checks out. never want to turn down free stuff, amirite? :D

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely right

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

$1000 on an APU build? Whaaaaaaaaa? Screams unbalanced because you could have easily got an FX 6300 and a 7950 with a budget like that.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I know I could have I just enjoy doing different stuff and I have never built an APU and Im really glad I did.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Really I think you made some great choices realizing that you were not trying to adhere to such a tight budget. Great case, nice 6670 choice for pairing with APU, fast RAM. This is what I would consider one of those for the love of the A10 builds.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you and I did so much research into that CPU before I finally made up my mind.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Link your wallpaper? Haha nice build!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I just did a build with the exact same mobo today, not sure why they even put a molex connector on it.......

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I understand it powers the other pcie slots for multi gpus.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Consider removing any unused HHD cages for enhanced airflow.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have since removed them after the pics where taken

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity, why didn't you get an MSI 6670? It is 2gb as well and it's cheaper than the Sapphire one. Also what kind of FPS with what settings do you get in games? (I really like unique builds like this)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

When I ordered mine the Sapphire was cheaper. Ill let you know frame rates All the games I have right now are RaiderZ 38-40 maxed settings Neverwinter 31-38 maxed settings Forsakenworld 40-45 maxed settings Windows experience is 5.9 but should go up when I get an SSD

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay kewl... that's nice to know

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with others that say this rig just isn't good enough for $800 + OS. The APU's are awesome, but right now their only real use is to save money over expensive CPUs and GPUs. The line somewhere around $600-700 is where you start to get more bang for your buck elsewhere.

There is nothing bad or wrong about the build though. It looks like a solid machine. I just would have done something different with that budget.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Read some of the comments above this. He said that the PSU was a birthday gift, Windows 8 was free from school, and both hard drives were from an old computer. Subtract the price of those things from the build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

And all of those components would have been just fine with one of the AM3+ processors or an i5. If he got the APU at Microcenter like it says, he also had the option to get an FX-6300 with a 970 mobo along with either a GTX 660 or an HD 7850 for the same price as his APU, mobo, and GPU. The only difference beyond clearly superior performance is a front USB 3.0 port. And moving away from the APU would mean that a downgrade in RAM to 1600 would yield no real noticeable difference, leaving a cool $25-30 to put elsewhere, like a USB 3.0 pass through if needed.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

USB 3.0 isn't always that big of a deal... But you're right. I was just making sure that you knew he didn't spend as much.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

How easy was the cable management with that psu? I am considering getting that same psu.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It was pretty good but I believe the cable management is more on the case than the PSU.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

i should of been more specific lol was tired and not thinking clearly when i asked that. What i meant was, was it easy routing behind the motherboard, and reached all the connections without the need of extensions?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem I had no problems routing the cables behind the tray. All cables where plenty long enough.

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

I've seen x10 better builds for 1000$

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

I think that depends on preference I could've went with FX 8350 or an I5 3570k but I went against the normal a bit and not had any regrets yet.

  • 80 months ago
  • -3 points

It would be boss if you got this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/W6Ne

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I really put some serious thought into the AM3+ CPUs but I think the FM2 socket has a good upgrade path and I hope the Richland APU will be able to X fire with 7xxx graphics cards.