Description

This computer was a test build for streaming, recording, rendering 1080p videos and a few games.

First problem is that the heat sink would not fit because the ram was too tall. But, thanks to my hand dandy dremel. I shaved that baby down and it fit with almost a millimeter or two from the ram.

Second problem was the computer would spool up and then die. I fear that it was the 300 watt power supply and it didn't have enough power, or it was a cheaply made PSU.

Slept on it. (Take it was fixed tomorrow morning)

Ran up Windows 10 and ran a few programs.

League of Legends Skyrim Fallout 4

FireStrike (720/1080/1440)

Adobe Premiere CS6 Adobe After Effects CS6 Adobe Photoshop CS6

Part Reviews

CPU

Underclocked this to 3.0Ghz. In my experience this clock does not affect the speediness of the general feel of this computer. Lower temperatures were an added benefit. This gives me room to overclock it in the future (Because I really want to slap a cooling block like it's a Hemi on a '69 Charger) This APU is good enough for the everyday user and some. Gaming on League at 60fps? This can do 75-85fps on 1440p. (Average users are still slowly running 1080p monitor.) This was run with 2 Acer 1440 60hz monitors. Take note that the ram needed to be overclocked to 2133 to achieve these results and I did not change any volt settings to do this. I think I can up the ram to 2400 but I would have to up the voltage to the ram to 1.6v (Stock is sitting at 1.5v) This can run OBS and record videos albiet you will need to lower settings to 1080p and on 30fps. You can probably run this in 60fps recording with another "low-profile" r7 250 which I am still waiting to receive.

Overall this CPU is more than enough to last a few years. I'd put my money on 5 years or more depending on the user.

This build gets cheaper everyday, and worth more than spending $500 bucks on a console. This can run emulators as well.

Motherboard

Tis got wifi.

Also motherboard supplies a nice simple UI for overclocking, simple boot management.

Also supplies 1 DVI-D, 2 HDMIs.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

A couple rules of thumb regarding PSUs:

  • If it's included with a case it's generally crap and can damage your stuff over time.
  • PSUs are like your car's brakes; they're one of maybe two things you don't want to cheap out on.

I'd replace that one as soon as I could if I were you.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The anology works better when you chance "car" to go-kart. lol. I'm do not care if it blows up, but it definitely rolls around when it needs to. Which for now it does that overly well for the price. Thanks for the insight.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

you might need to touch up the dremel cuts on the heatsink

that part have the fins covered in some way and will restrict air flow

might need to do some filing and straightening

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Need more POWA! This twas a quick thought cuz I didn't care to return or get a aftermarket lol.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive Build for what you made! Great work!

As for the PSU Rants, that is up to you. I would suggest just keeping an eye on it for now. However, 300W should be enough for what you are putting in this.

Seriously, I look forward to AMD builds, since it seems like almost everyone is showing off their Intel Builds with their Fancy GTX 900 or 1000 Cards now.

Great Job!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks noice. Great for the money. :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the new wraith cooler?And also, replace that PSU pronto, it's probably crap. Get a nice seasonic m12ii and save yourself the risk of your rig(and potentially your house) going up in flames.

1+ for the nice rig!(and the dremeling work)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

If the power supply blows up this whole 400 bucks build it is for science! (Not that kind of science!) But, if it lasts, I should update you peeps, I want to believe that this power supply should hold up.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The wraith cooler is pretty good, but in this case it can run pretty hot (obviously will heat to 68c) which is acceptable to my tastes (Video editing at 99% load.) seasonic m12ii eh? I was trying to find more psu's lol. TY!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

While I havent built a pc with this particular processor. Ive heard from a lot of sources that since the APU relies on your system ram, not only do you need more (16gb gets thrown around a lot) but faster ram as well (2133 or 2400mhz, also with a lower cas latency maybe). Otherwise build looks great, aside from some minor concerns with the psu, and I am happy to see that someone is enjoying a build that I am interested in.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Got 1600mhz ram, overclocked it to 2133+ pretty easily. I tried to 2400mhz but it fritzs out no matter how much I tweak it. I am considering 16gb, Had the same issue with my laptop, there are times it would have these weird lag outs, but the cpu is not under any load. and the ram would be 3-4gb in use, but I know the system uses a bit more (and running two 1440p monitors doesn't help lol.)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I read somewhere that overclocking ram past its advertized clock speed can cause the cas latency to go up (this is the number of cycles the clock will run before responding to a call for memory) which may explain your experience with lag. I imagine you could find some kingston ram to fit the bill so you wouldn't need to "tweak" that heatsink lol.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a kingston. not the hyper x i would have for my main computer. And the auto tune is a bit lower, always a pain in the *** to clock them cuz even the factory or "approved" settings are always perfect. Tweak tweak.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I meant you could get a faster clocked set of kingston sticks. Tweaking is the the fun part though ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I just checked and your motherboard only supports up to 2133 mhz on ram which may be another reason why you are having issues.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Messing with clock times now lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How does it do with streaming?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

1080p streaming is fine. I'd say 30fps is safe. So for 300 bucks that is all to expect.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that the stock cooler? I have the same mobo and a a8-6600k cpu. I was going to use this case and get some Kingston ram as well. Maybe I should get some different ram that is lower profile so I wouldn't have to shave the cooler fins.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Never mind. Did some searching and mine doesn't ship with the same cooler. So it shouldn't be an issue.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That would definitely work!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Another point to Seasonic.