Greetings fellow PC Building Enthusiasts!
It's time for yet another "spare used parts from my closet" build! This originally started out as a "Dual Graphics" build (hence the A10-6700 APU) but I soon found that even when paired with an R7-250 that the performance was pretty abysmal. I decided to scrap the dual graphics idea last minute and throw in an older HD 7850 that I didn't have any plans for, the leftover R7-250 will go into an old HP FM1 651K swap build that I plan on reviving soon so keep an eye out for that! I've been super stoked about the performance of the 7850 in benchmarks (after a nice overclock) and can't wait to see how it does in games!
This was my first time working with the Rosewill Neturon and I must say that I'm impressed! It's a great mini-ITX case that has 2 included 140 LED fans that are relatively quiet, an excellent basement area for the PSU/HDD's/Cable management and a big side window to show off the components! I purchased a 120mm LED fan from Corsair for the rear exhaust that has been doing a good job of moving all that air and helping out with the heat coming off the CPU/VRM's. I didn't purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler because the semi-stock one that I got with the used mobo/cpu combo (eBay) was basically free, much quieter than the actual stock AMD CPU cooler and it matched the red/black theme I had with the rest of the build.
As for the elephant in the room, the 16GB of RAM on a budget build... I found the RAM on craigslist locally and well, long story short I had originally planned to utilize the R7-250 in conjunction with the APU and I've read that more (and faster) DRAM is a must when trying to do that. After scrapping the dual graphics idea I decided to keep the 16GB of DRAM as a selling point for potential buyers, kind of a weird choice but I didn't want to be stuck with an extra 8GB stick of DRAM I guess lol
The HDD is a standard, cheap, 7200 RPM 1TB drive from Hitachi; bought a bunch of these a few months back with plans to use them in these budget builds. PSU is the same story, 450W 80+ Bronze from EVGA, can't go wrong!
I'll try and get some numbers for major titles like LoL, CS:GO, Overwatch and Rocket League up as soon as I can, maybe eve more demanding titles like Doom, CoD, Titanfall and Dark Souls 3 if I have the time. Thanks for checking out the build and feel free to leave any comments/questions below! =)
P.S. I included two pictures at the end with the old R7-250 because they still looked kind of cool lol