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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! =)

-Brandon

P.S. I included two pictures at the end with the old R7-250 because they still looked kind of cool lol

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice. +1

Favorite GPU coolers have been TwinFrozr III / V / VI, and Strix Maxwell / Pascal

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks brother! Yeah, I really dig the cooler on the card,l! It's not too big but it dissipates a good amount of heat away from the components!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn how big is that closet? Is it a metaphor for Craig's list? I can't wait for what's next. I really like that case. Only if it could support two gpu's though I would get it. Kind of forced to get the 240 air. +1from me.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate the kind words and I LOVE the Air 240! My wife's current gaming/streaming build is with a white one and my old SLI 770 gaming build was with a black one lol

And no, my closet isn't a metaphor for Craigslist but that's a good joke! I actually have the last few builds I'm doing (hopefully for a while) laid out in my saved parts list if you want to take a gander. The next one I'll be doing will be a build from a Q6700 computer that I found on the side of the road (still works!) and the builds after that one won't be happening until I upgrade my wife's computer to a 2011-3 based streaming/editing/gaming rig. I'll make a build with some of her leftover parts, then make another one with the remnants of my current setup and then I should be done!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

You will never be done. Its the silicon curse.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

These APU+GPU builds feel so much like... home?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a question can you upgrade the fans to the corsair 140mm Ml fans in all fan slots?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! All of the fan mounts (including the rear one) are able to fit 140mm fans!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/s62fkT can you tell me what you think of this build that was inspired by this one and if there is a better amd motherboard recommend it

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Here's the saved build but with the X4 845 swapped out and the X4 870K swapped in, only a price difference of about $20 lol

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FPBYwV

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you for the advice I will definitely use it and once I get this build in a few months or show Ill post some pics and it may take a while since Im waiting on my tax refund and a few other things

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I really like it! The motherboard is pretty much the best one you can get for the A88X platform at the mini-ITX form factor, the only recommendation I have is to swap out the X4 845 with an overclockable X4 870K. Even if you're not looking at overclocking the CPU it would still be worth it because of the much higher clock-speed out of the box.

Everything else is great though! You did an awesome job, can't wait to see it!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build, I'm new to this type of thing but was looking for something cheap and dependable. Plus, the color scheme is great. I just wanted to know if you happened to get those "numbers" you were talking about with CS:GO or even H1Z1: KOTK. I'll primarily be playing FPS's or BR type games so I'd prefer those details as opposed to LoL or Dark Souls 3. But I definitely appreciate any feedback you can give, maybe someone in the comments can help? Thanks in advance

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I had both RAM slots occupied before powering on the PC, it is a mini-ITX motherboard so it only has 2 RAM slots.