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Summary:

So far I have used this PC for playing GTA IV, GTA: San Andreas, Garry's Mod 11, Madden 08, and Minecraft @ 1080p. On GTA IV I had all the settings on low but with the view distance, detail distance, and vehicle density on 50% and averaged 30 FPS. On GTA: SA I had everything maxed out. Runs at 75 FPS without all my mods and crazy ENB effects and with the mods and effects it averages 50 FPS. On Garry's Mod 11, I left the default settings and it ran at 65 FPS. Madden 08 fully maxed out ran at 85 FPS. Finally, Minecraft fully maxed out ran at 32 FPS (but we must remember Minecraft is more of a RAM-intensive game rather than a GPU-intensive game). This PC was overclocked using MSI's OCGenie software!

Updates:

1: LTC Pool Mining (Coinotron) with cgminer 3.7.2 gives about 23 kH/s (APU runs extremely cool and quiet while mining, after running for 24-hours without stopping, temperature of APU was 42°C and I could barely hear the fan running).

2: Added the 3DMark 11 Performance Preset Score (619).

3: Driver San Fransisco fully maxed out runs at 50 FPS.

4 (1/3/2015): Updated list of parts after I upgraded my monitor, mouse, wireless adapter, etc. Also updated temperatures after adding a Noctua NF-A8 case fan and OCing the APU to 4.1 GHz. Updated pictures too!

5 (2/9/2015): You can build this exact machine for around $300 today. I am going to take this machine apart next month and use its parts to build two new machines - another APU desktop for myself and a basic office PC for my dad.

If you have any questions or want me to run more tests, let me know!

Part Justification:

CPU (Actually APU): Chose AMD since this is a budget build and used the A6 APU for a decent processing power and good integrated graphics.

Motherboard: Best deal I could find with plenty of features and 100% compatibility.

Memory: Did not actually want this memory module but it was included in the Newegg bundle so I had to go with it. :/

Storage: You gotta love SSDs. Since this is just a budget build and I have my laptop for all my main gaming and editing, I didn't need much space but I wanted speed since the rest of the parts aren't "high-end".

Case: I probably will get a lot of crap for this part, but let's remember this is a budget build and so I just went for the looks rather than the cable management features, ports, etc. DO NOT USE THE POWER SUPPLY THAT CAME WITH THE CASE OR THE FAN THAT WAS INCLUDED. THEY SUCK... but the case's blue LEDs look really cool!

Power Supply: Definitely did not want to use the Logisys power supply that came included with the case and Antec is a brand I trust. Extremely quiet power supply that came with all the cables I needed.

Optical Drive: Haven't used this since I installed Windows and the network drivers.

Operating System: You can never go wrong with Windows 7 Ultimate! I had a copy lying around with a genuine license.

Case Fan: This fan is literally dead silent and is PWM so the motherboard automatically controls the speed based off of the system temperature. I set this fan up as an intake since we have 2 areas for passive exhaust and the PSU as an active exhaust.

Wireless Network Adapter: I did not want to put a PCI network adapter on this since it's just a budget build. I figured if I bought the TP-Link USB adapter, I could use it on future builds without any compatibility issues.

Peripherals: Had the monitor, mouse, keyboard, and webcam laying around. Hooked 'em up and yay... a fully-functional budget APU build!

Expect to pay ~$500 if you don't have a copy of Windows, a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.

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Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

hey so why did u buy another power supply when the case already came with one?

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

NEVER use a power supply that comes with a case unless it's from a company like Antec. Go ahead and Google "Logisys Power Supply". They are either nonexistent or rated very poorly.

I actually tested out the power supply that came with the case and it actually didn't even work coming out of the box. Sooo yeah, don't use a power supply that comes with a case unless it comes from a trusted brand like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, etc.

Hope this helps!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

60$ for a single 4gb 1333mhz stick? O.o

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I know right! Crazy s***. It came bundled though so I just went with it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome little budget build. I really had no idea that APU's performed so well graphics-wise! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, it was quite a shock to me at how well it performed. Would definitely recommend AMD's APUs for a really basic gaming build or a budget one like this. Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait... This case has blue LED's??? I know I'm a bit late but... How did I not know that??? Okay, how would I go about setting up those LED's?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yes, it does. It's actually the Power and HDD indicators disguised as a blue LED strip. Just plug in the case Power and HDD LED wires into your motherboard and you're good to go!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

-1 missing required pics