Description

My first build, built on a $500 budget for my parents (spent total of $497.94). Younger sibling does a little light gaming, but otherwise really, it's used for web browsing, the occasional word document, and solitaire. Lots and lots of solitaire.

They don't save much data, so I saw no reason to go with a full 1tb drive... went with better RAM instead.

One stick of RAM came DOA... have to return for new set, and will update the clocking/benchmarks when I've got it.

For now, running it as is, but when it has aged a little, or rather, when I've become a little braver, I think I'll try overclocking.

As I said, it's my first build, so tell me all the things I've done wrong, what would've been better, etc. This was educational, and I could definitely use more tips for the next!

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 8 points

Why didn't you get a cpu with a integrated gpu to save some more money? like the AMD A6-5400K, its the same core clock speed and i think the gpu on this one is much better than the gpu you bought?

p.s anyone correct me if i am wrong.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm, I should've looked into it! I was originally designing myself a build, and was going to use a better AM3+ CPU and nicer gpu. I was at home over break, and my dad saw me working out the specs on my laptop and said he'd pay me to build him one, so I redesigned the build and ended up sticking to my mobo and just finding another CPU and GPU.

How does the CPU compare on that? At the risk of sounding like a total fool, I'll admit this bit confuses me. I assume my quad-core FX4100 at 3.6MHz is better than the duel-core at 3.7MHz, but then there's this whole argument over whether the FX-4100 is truly a quad-core. And people just hate on the Bulldozer architecture with what I read is good reason. Someone should explain this to me? :D

But thanks for mentioning it! I'm still educating myself on all the options out there and on how to compare parts, so this is useful. I'm happy with my end product, but if I ever have another budget build...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Often times you'll find that lower clocked CPUs can outperform higher clocked ones. In my opinion, clock speed should just be looked at as a guide, or if you're not ever going to overclock.

With such a huge variety, the best way to choose a CPU is to do some research on it for the purpose you intend to use it for. Perhaps in this case, an APU would've worked out better, but that advice is essentially useless and moot, since you've already purchased everything.

It's a good idea to ask for advice on a build first, look at the responses and then research further why people suggested what they did. That's how I first started learning about everything and how it all went together. Eventually you'll be able to offer great advice using what you've learned.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Well since you already have bought a MB then I understand why you bought a cpu+gpu, and quad core vs dual core just means you can have mutiple programs at once running efficiently, but with day to day activities, you wont find any differences unlike you would using heavy programs such as video making programs.

my suggestion on the amd 16-5400k was just an example, the best gpu+cpu would be the AMD A10-5800K Trinity, its quad core and 3.8ghz! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

I was thinking the same thing. Something like an i3-3225 which actually outperforms the A6-5400K would still be good.. either way this build is awesome lol

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid starting build.

When possible, you should add an SSD to really feel a nice boost. The A-Data XPG SX900 can be had for around $70-$80 and it's the fastest 64 GB SSD I know of. You also have a nice upgrade path to either a 6300 or 8350 processor and a nice 7770 Ghz or 7850 Radeon GPU if you add in a 500 watt PSU.

I like the options you have here, looks very good.

EDIT: Also, I should mention that the cable management needs some work. Try to route cables in the least obtrusive way. Better cable management provides better airflow and helps maintain lower temperatures. It might be difficult depending on the case, but it's possible with enough time and effort.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Agh, didn't realize the photo is pre-cable management. I managed to route nearly all of them to the right of the mobo. I'll have to update it!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay haha. I hate to come across as condescending, but I figured I'd point it out just in case.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, don't worry, you didn't!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Just one thing...

The description said 'light gaming'. I don't think he can justify anything more powerful, CPU/GPU-wise.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah this is true, but I just suggested those parts in case that gaming spark ignites, haha. Once you go PC you never go back.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems legit.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Build. Only thing I would add later is an SSD to really blow their mind on the speed. Nice Job overall.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build. This thing will be zipping Web pages forever.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case keep it cool? planning on getting it for one of my builds soon...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! If you route the cables well, it's incredibly good for this build and for the money. As I said, I'll update the stats once my replacement RAM comes in, but I did boot and use it for 3 or 4 hours running with just one 4gb stick for a while.
I didn't get any figures, but out of curiosity, I ran my hand over the case and then popped it open to see if I could feel any serious heat anywhere. Really, there was nothing.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

If all this is doing is 'light' gaming and web browsing i think you spent about 200 more than needed. Also an SSD would have been great here.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Hmm... nice. But I would've gone with a GTX Titan over the 620.

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