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I've taken a lot of older computers apart and mix and matched components but I have never built one from the Ground Up. I wanted a computer that could execute any normal task very quickly, I wanted to starting looking into computer gamin oppose to console systems. I looked at different combinations and planed for roughly a month and half before I decide to make the purchase. I ended up spending less then $350 bucks and so far its been everything I could imagine.

I went with the following for a few reasons.

MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+Mobo for a few reasons: 1. I wanted a reasonable board at a reasonable price that would support future upgrades with the FM2+ socket. 2. Has HDMI/VGA/DVI outputs 3. 6x 6 GB/s sockets. 4. Start up from power off takes no more than 5-8 secs. 5. Click to BIOS

AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core 1. I initially was looking at the A6 Richland dual core but after further research and huge price drop I decide I might as well spend money on a little better Processor especially seeing it controls the graphics. 2. its an APU

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB 1. I wanted to take advantage of the dual channel on the board that's why I went with 2x 2GB 2. So far 4GB is plenty for the task I'm doing now, however if I had to do it over again I would have gone with the 2x 4GB.

Kingston SSD 1. I've heard lots of good things about SSDs, I personally never used them prior to this build but the data transfer is crazy fast. 2. I also added a 500GB 2.5" Seagate HD drive for some additional storage that I had laying around.

Case 1. I chose the case because I was visually appealing to me and it was a bouns because it came with a Power Supply. 2. CONS - Power Supply wires are extremely short expescially if you want to do any wire managments/ 3. CONS - Has only 2x Sata connections.

BluRay Drive 1. I've never owned a Blu-Ray player but I've seen a few movies played and for 35 bucks I thought it would be a golden opportunity to finally have one. 2. CONS - I ordered this from Newegg and it came with no software what so ever, and it was packaged all by it self in some bubble wrap/ I thought by simply hooking it up it would some how play Blu-Rays haha, after attempting I went back to the site and see if maybe I missed anything about 30 post down on the reviews it stated you would have to buy your own software to play Blu-Rays.

Windows 8.1 1. I have an MSDN account through work and could basically chose any OS I wanted, It was up in the Air between Windows 7 Ultimate and 8.1 Pro with Updates, again after thinking of the future I decided to go with the latest version.

Overall like I said I spent Less then $350 bucks and I think I did a pretty decent job with the selection on my first build.

Please and Thank you for any comments

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 6 points

For future reference, the APU's benifit a lot from faster memory, so you'd want to look into faster speeds such as 2133/2400 MHz.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

that's what I thought but, the specs on the board said "DDR3 2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333" so I figured the higher two you had to overclock something, but if you can put in 2133 with out doing anything then i'll buy that when I update the Ram to 8GB instead of the 4GB. Thank you for this.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If your motherboard supports it it should be a simple overclock setting in your BIOS. Heck, you might be able to overclock the ram you have to 1866 MHz at least.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this may sound like a stupid question but what's the risk of overclocking RAM.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Higher voltage will sometimes need to be applied to keep it stable, you may also have to loosen the timings on it a bit. Generally risks of all this is naturally with more power you get more heat. Heat kills computer components. However, that being said, most ram kits have lifetime warrenties warranties, even for kits rated for 2400 MHz.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i got the 1866 i think those are perfect for the price not to much of a benefit to price ratio on anything higher better off saving some money for a gpu like the sapphire r9 280 3gb great gpu for cheap

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're looking at getting a high end dedicated graphics card then an APU is not the kind of processor you shoud be buying. And you are mistaken on the Ram price to performance with APUs. There's a reason graphics ram is between 5-6000 Mhz, and this is why for APUs the faster th Ram the better.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree with you apu not the best way to go for a ded gpu and i also just notice he only had 4gb of ram thought he had 2x8gbs for some reason lol my bad i saw that after i typed all that stuff

when using the apu graphics then ram has alot to do with it and its like a 1-2gb/s improvement 1600 jumping to 2400 which dont get me wrong is a good difference but not worth throwing out the old 1600 to buy 1866/2400 (thats what i meant buy price) you could overall improve your graphics by removing that load from your cpu and getting a gpu and i wouldnt call the r9 280 a high end card its definitely good but not high end in the right place you can find them for under 200

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

My comment was for future applications, not this build. And the r9 280 is fairly high end in my opinion. Low end of high end but it can definetly run games at 1080p, and probably even some games at 1440p at modest settings.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build for a first timer. You need a bit of cable management to be fixed up but pretty good. Also You are going to want to change that Psu it is suck a hazard. You should also get a gpu ! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the PSU defiantly needs to go, short wires and its a lot louder then I would have thought. I'm still up in the air about a GPU, I've never had any experience with those as well. Thank you again for your time and input

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the PSU is one of the worst rated ones on the market. Also, if you are doing any gaming then you are going to want a graphics card.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! I'll see what I can find for GPU and get a new PSU to go with it. Thank You

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the link, Going to make that upgrade this weekend. Thanks again for everything!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case have both side panels?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, you can remove both sides panels along with the front as well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

For 350 this is an amazing build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

My build was $350 too ;D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice, did you go AMD or Intel?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel, an i3. But I just realized that yours was $350 with Windows. Mine runs Ubuntu, lol.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good system for $350. I really don't see where you spent too much on any one part. I would however look at adding a GPU when you can, especially if the system will be used for gaming.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I am really interested in this build. Is this build being sold in new zealand if not shipping please.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that the psu's cables are short on purpose. Most psu's can't or are hard to connect to a micro atx MOBO when its bottom mounted (Which i am experiencing now with my micro atx)

Pretty good build, tell me what fps you get in modern games and how the apu is treating you. I am buying a build now with the exact same specs but I have a HD 7770 and may get a Dual Core A6-5400K

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that was my first chose to go with the A6 Richland but the price dropped for the A8 and its was like I think $10 buck difference. But yea once I get everything set up and going I'll let you know what I'm getting. Thanks.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had a chance to play a few games. With the system as stands, I played Need for Speed Shift on low-medium settings is playable. Need for Speed Rivals on low settings was pretty hard to play with all the skipping stuff. I've also been playing State of Decay, and on low settings that's playable. Call of duty Black OPs 2 on low settings was definatly not playable. As far as all the old school stuff running HyperSpin Frontend with everything enable was great, with no complaints. I just order a EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti GPU, hopefully that will boost some stuff up a little bit.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot, I'll have to see what I can get to work.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I really liked the build, it reminds me of my first money spent on my project, and its a great pick of parts. I recently got a blu-ray drive too, encountered the same issues, idk if it'll help any Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 was all I had to download an it worked.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't you have to pay like $80 bucks for that program, however I see you get a 30 day trail, i'll have to check it out. Thank You

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I will purchase this just give me a place to send the money and ill give you my address so you can send me the parts or would you prefer me to pick it up. Could you please reply to my inquiry as I need to know when and where I can get it. My pockets are not going to stay full for long.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you like the case/psu i thinking of using it

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, my apologizes for such a delayed response. With that aside I love the case, no complaints what so ever. It comes with 3x 2.5" bays so that was huge for me along with ventilation possibilities. The PSU on the other hand would get you by but its extremely loud and wires are pretty short so its a little hard to do any wire management. I replaced the PSU because I was looking to put in a GPU, with EVGA 500B 500W 80PLUS Bronze and its extremely quite now. I would defiantly buy the case again.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I built the almost the exact same build but I bought a Dedicated GPU and got 1 stick of DDR3 1866Mhz ram

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

do u run games like minecraft and if so what fps u get?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

hi i have a new build with msi a78m-e35 and athlon x4 860k but no gpu yet.the problem is when i turn on,no display came out and it beeps 1 long and 2 short beeps..can anyone help me?thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I am wondering if the motherboards on board sound card is any good, or should I get a different one?