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My friend called on me to build him a cheap $500 entry level gaming rig. So we came up with this beauty.

Building went smoothly, there is absolutely NO CABLE MANAGEMENT in this case. Also didn't like the cheap I/O shield & Front Panel connections. Support page for this mobo doesn't exsit so you have to plug in you S/N to get proper BIOS & drivers. More to come...

Update 5/29/2015: My regrets with this build:// would've chosen a different case (1 that has better cable management & higher quality for same price) ; Also should've gotten a MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+. Its cheaper & frankly the mobo i did pick out doesn't even have its own support page ; Should've gone with a 860K & R7 260x to save money in the long run (from having to buy a graphics card later). No OC capability (even on RAM), but that not that big of deal since he doesn't need it.

Despite my regrets & this definitely being the most disappointing build I've done, it plays & runs games great. We just bought a R7 265 for $80 what a steal :D. its Valley Extreme HD preset score went from 255 to 1102 (avg 26.3 FPS) about 4x the power & this benchmark is no easy to run gig either. Also since all he plays is L4D2, TF2, & couple other common games he'll be fine for a long time even if he did want to play AAA titles of 2015+. He likes it so I'm happy for him. Can't wait of W10 & Directx 12 & since he has a Xbox One he should get more out of both machines since they can talk to each other.

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

Uh oh. I need to help my friend build in that case sometime soon. Lol nice part choice, smart move going with the APU to save some cash.

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

Those Kaveri are great if you want to save money and are OK with 720p gaming for newer games but old ones it's capable of play them on high,you can later get RX250 and crossfire that APU,good choice on the RAM,high speed ram helps a lot,Microcenter is offering a $159 combo deal with a gigabyte mobo

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

agreed great value- I was able to push newer games at 1080p playable with the a10 7850k myself. only game I really had any issue was Thief. BF4 / Tomb Raider / Crysis 3 / Titanfall all played really well.

Did all that with 1600mhz memory and got even better performance when I switched to 2133mhz.

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the value you can get from a good AMD build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure that you had all low settings for crysis and bf4 st 1080p

What's your definition of "playable?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 7 points

To me its 720P 30 fps like consoles do,some people are just happy with that not all people are hard core gamers,specially if you come from using only consoles,you get to play PC games and much more,honestly if you want to spend thousand of dollars and have the money, go for it,not everybody is a PC snob!!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You can build an Athlon 750k/r7 260x for this price, there is virtually no excuse IMO that anyone can afford a console over a PC. A ps4 + 3 games is the same as a PC and a bunch of games, thanks to steam. Im willing to debate this

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Some people are just scepticle about the concept of building it. Simply because if something goes wrong or something breaks you're essentially screwed (unless you know the basics of pc building) I mean I saw this one ****** try putting the ram in the wrong way, getting an intel mobo with an amd cpu then blames the mobo company...

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

playable to me is not a slide show and crysis was low settings but BF4 was low / medium and mind you I play regularly on high end gaming systems so I know the difference between high FPS and non playable low fps.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

A specific number? I consider 45 playable for most games

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

actually from my experience frame rate with APU's is not a good determination factor on playability since I've seen smooth viewable performance with numbers not matching what I was visually seeing.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

720p 30+fps, this has proven though to be capable of running BF4 1080p low settings then overclocking makes it medium 1080p. The great thing about this CPU though is that it doesnt bottleneck other cards, this person was testing multiple cards on battlefield 4, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWans5FU4cU

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 For making smart purchases. :D Though personally I would have gone with Corsair for the RAM. Good build overall.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, nice build. So, how does it perform in gaming? Play Company of heroes 2?

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I built something similar for my htpc with a a10-5800k last year and LOVE it. At 720p, its more than enough to play most games at reasonable settings. He will get even more millage with the a10-7850k.

However, for a full tower I probably wouldn't use an apu. The price point isnt great on the 7850k (the 5800k was only around ~100$, for comparison). To get a FX-6300 + mobo would cost around 179$ (MSI 970A-G46 for 70$). So, better cpu performance and ~80 saved. You could save about 10-20 bucks getting 1600 ram (since you wont need higher clock). Thats ~100 you could spend towards a dedicated gpu (which is about how much the r7 250 is).

With that being said, fm2+ is not a dead chipset so there will probably be options to upgrade the apu at some point in time.

ALSO-- those chips run hot. BUY AN AFTERMARKET CPU COOLER.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Like what would you recommend. What is considered hot anyways.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

After a thought. I wish i would have got an extra $20 & build a Athlon 760K / R7 265

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You built around the APU correctly. Nice job.Overclocking soon?

Why not the A10-6800k instead? much cheaper and about same performance.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

So how are you/you friend liking the 7850k? i've got an R7 250 coming in next week for mine and cant wait to see what duel graphics is like on this beast.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

He's enjoying it. Plays everything great.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is running superb. Although after my slight trouble with ASUS CSM and with an extra $20 i would go with. ASRock FM2+/FM2. Athlon 760K. R7 265. & would've gotten much better performance.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Im big fan of AMD, the 7860k (red fan) would be perfect with that case

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

+1 for having the same keyboard as me.

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