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coltonon

61 months ago

I currently own a Toshiba satellite c855d (1.3 GHz dual core and e300 apu, 4 GB of ram, pos). I need an upgrade. I'm on the cheap side, and I want to get the max for my dollar. I will be doing some light gaming, but not anything crazy, no 6k surround monitors :(. Just some 720 (mabey 1080) games on low/medium settings. I would also need to be able to do video editing.

Anyway, I've decided an APU would be better than a dedicated graphics, and I put this build together.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coltonon/saved/br7Zxr

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.98 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.50 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz) Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: CoolMax 400W ATX Power Supply ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz) Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC) Total: $350.42 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 15:28 EST-0500

This is about my max budget.

I plan to add upgrades latter on, such as an SSD, a liquid cooler, and maybe a GPU. Is this a good build?

Im using only one ram slot, because in the futer, I will add another 8gb stick.

I don't need a keyboard, mouse, monitor, or OS.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

Please don't cheap out on the power supply, get one with an 80+ certification.

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

He'll learn when it explodes, don't worry

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you add a partlist? Its kinda of what this site was made for...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, forgot about it. I've never built a PC before, so I'm kinda a noob. The PSU is well rated on amazon.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Because it's dirt cheap.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes... Do you have a better alternitive at the same price range (keeping the total build as close to 350, and absolutely must not exceeding 400)?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe the Corsair CX series PSUs?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Never cheap out on the psu, even if it means cutting back somewhere else.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This will give you much better video editing and much better graphics, also much better power supply and case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $99.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $44.95 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.50 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card $59.99 @ Newegg
Case Azza SIRIUS ATX Mid Tower Case $28.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $24.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $12.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $384.24
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 16:51 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, but that's 100$ over budget...

400 is my top dollar. I'd rather buy upgradeable stuff now, and then add/ upgrade as I get more money. I can add a gpu later, but its out of budget now.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

its only $34 more than your build? I show it as $384. Maybe we have our setting different as far as stores and rebates etc?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, I have MIRs disabled, as I have VERY bad experiences with them

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

me too but if you are careful and diligent, its saves a ton of money. I am getting my latest two back and that is $50 worth

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I just don't like depending on them, so I don't include them in the total.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/4HL3jX It has a tier 3 psu, a better apu and faster memory which is important for apu's.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious, why that APU? Its got a dramaticly slower core speed.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Clock speed has very little to do with actual speed. It's mostly about the architecture.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually doesn't its 3.9ghz or 4ghz, can't remember which.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It says 3.4, and 3.8 turbo. Is turbo the same as over clocking? Either way, without a better cooler, I don't know if overclocking is a good idea.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda, it still out performs the 6800k. I don't recommend trying to overclock without a better cooler.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does it outperform it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not as good as the fx6300 for video editing.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, but then I need a GPU as well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That PSU or the one I listed would be so much better than his pick.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't trust Amazon reviews, rely more on reviews from Newegg and do some research on sites like this or Tom's hardware etc

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted. I was trying to get an idea on the failure rates, since there tend to be more amazon reviews.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

So what PSU for the price is most recommended then?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coltonon/saved/6KB48d

What about downgrading to an a8?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Just how much Video editing are you doing?

I guess Im looking for is what is the priority... gaming or editing?

If gaming... at what res? I just re=read your post sorry...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much editing, just casual backyard stuff. Nothing professional. As for gaming, I've never had a nice console/PC, so I've had to make do with that dual core 1.3 GHz crap. I'd like to play at 1080 on medium or low settings. I'd like to get 20-30 fps.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

OK so $400 budget with no rebates right?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't want to pay 1 cent over 400 initially. Goal is 350. But I like upgrade options, like the ability to add more ram, an ssd, a GPU, a fancy cooler... as I get more money.

And no rebates:)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Darn... I had a nice entry level gamer but it is $1.93 over $400 w/o rebates... Oh well

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this build look? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A78M-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $60.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $63.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case $33.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $333.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 20:35 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good expect I would go mirco over mini, or even better, mid tower.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The cheapest micro is 75$ :(

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The gigabyte one is mirco and is $61. Your thinking of atx but you can use a mirco and z board in a mid tower case.

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