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My build designed to match, and eventually beat, current gen consoles (I Am Noob)

ChillinusMaximus

61 months ago

So after learning the new consoles are basically APU PCs, I decided to not limit myself with stagnant hardware and decided to build my first gaming pc. My main concerns were of expandability but at the same time, I wanted a kick *** PC as my starting point, and fortunately my current TV's native resolution is 1366X768 :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $139.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $133.98 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $85.98 @ Newegg
Case Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Mwave
Power Supply SeaSonic 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $38.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $485.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-09 02:02 EST-0500

As I save more money and get a better TV, I plan to first max out the RAM at 32GB to see how far this APU thing can go, and later upgrade to the recommended R7 250. I know I can build an intel system that might be more powerful and whatnot but I mainly plan on playing my favorite last gen games at maxed out graphics and whatever this can handle of the current gen until I have to start fresh again. The only thing I need help with really is choosing a good case, I want this to be able to run cool but to also be about the size of a console if not as close as I can get considering the fact that I plan on installing a 6" video card in the near future, what should I look into? (Say with a case budget of $60) And how much of an upgrade in performance is 1833 Mhz RAM vs 2133 Mhz RAM?

Thanks.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I get what you are trying to do and well here is my take at it.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $139.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $133.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.97 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $42.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $38.50 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $454.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-09 02:57 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Here, looks like an Xbox:

With 8GB RAM and low-cost GPU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $139.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $87.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Zeus Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $67.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB FTW ACX Video Card $109.99 @ Newegg
Case Azza Z Mini ITX Tower Case $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $36.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SN-208FB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Directron
Other Slimline SATA to SATA adapter $7.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $569.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-09 03:01 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No GPU and your 16GB RAM:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $139.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $87.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $133.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.97 @ OutletPC
Case Azza Z Mini ITX Tower Case $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $36.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SN-208FB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Directron
Other Slimline SATA to SATA adapter $7.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $525.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-09 03:01 EST-0500
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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, I know I can but I'm experimenting with this kind of architecture just for it's own sake, I'll probably build a more traditional intel PC next time but for my first build I wanna start simple and expand as I learn.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Again, well aware of this, but:

a) My current TV runs natively at 1366x768 so I don't need all the muscle at this point since I can't run native 1920x1080 s60 FPS anyways.

b) I'm building with expandability in mind, at some point I will slap a real graphics card on there and maybe move the components to different motherboard and CPU later.

c) A lot of the reason why I'm going with APU is just because I'm curious about it, I'm a curious dude, I'm really interested in learning this thing as I learn PC gaming in general.

d) All the above was stated in my original post. I really wanna know what I can improve within the architecture (Thanks for the tip on the SSD btw) and choosing a good super small form case.

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