Description

Build on a budget. Tired of my laptop over heating and not being as fast as it should so I thought I would build something that would last a little longer but could still be upgraded later on. Still lots I would like to add but I am on a budget.

So what do I use it for you might be wondering... Its mainly for streaming movies and TV shows, but also for searching the internet and school work.

I had the idea of building this for $600 cdn, and managed to get close but changed a couple parts and well it was close.

The OS I got from a friend so it was free, he wasn't using it.

Still thinking of adding another hard drive for the OS maybe a 120GB SSD but I really don't know much about computers and don't know if that is overkill or not enough.

Final price was $611.31

Update Feb 7 2016:

Its been a while since I first posted this and I thought I would add a little to this build.

I ended up adding an optical drive, a nice and affordable $20 samsung one and does the job perfectly. Also adding the SSD for the OS.

I have recently been looking into capturing my game play on my xbox one, so I bought a Elgato HD 60 capture card and using it on my computer but it seems the built in Graphics card is not quite strong enough so I'm looking into getting a video card but I don't want to go overboard and spend more money then I have to, but at the same time I don't want to buy something not strong enough and have to buy another.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works Great, don't really know how to test this but seems to do the job more then well enough to get what I need done.

Motherboard

This Board is above and beyond what I was looking for when i originally bought it, I can have Kodi on my 60" tv playing and have the audio for it coming out of the soundbar for it and have my 21" screen surfing the internet and my BenQ 24" playing netflix and the audio coming out of the computer speakers without a hitch, recently tried to go above and beyond the limits and noticed tearing but I am more than happy with this board.

Case

Love this case, built in front led fans.... YEAH looks awesome! and you can add tonz more heck thats awesome positive air pressure in the case is what you want right! usb 3.0 is awesome too. It is a big case didn't really think that part through but hey thats alright I will just have to find more things to fit inside!

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

an ssd would be a great idea, but if you plan on not using a graphics card you should have really considered 2400 mhz ram. apu's rely on ram speed. i suggest a kingston savage 1x8 gb 2400mhz. but you should be fine if you arent using it for gaming.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

also could have gone with an evga psu and saved about 20 dollars

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that modular still? I got this one so I didn't have to deal with all the extra wiring.
Thanks for the suggestions I will definitely be taking notes as I might be building something similar for a friend.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No but there is a full modular 650 watt for around 65 dollars

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! That must be the worlds cleanest rig ever!

I think an A10-7700K would of been better, but it won't really matter since more APUs are coming soon.

I'd up that RAM to 2133mhz at least to up your framerate.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

that ram does nothing for streaming tv and movies, he really didnt even need the apu(or at least not an a10).

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build! I'm just going to mirror the other comments and say that faster RAM may have been an option to up the performance, I know how costs for PC components can be in Canada, especially around the East Coast (I don't know if you're from that area or not). Either way, great build, and outstanding cable management for a first-timer. Welcome to the club!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

With that processor you might not want to get to high end of a GPU, the A10-6800k tends to bottleneck High-End GPU's

Edit: You also could just get more RAM, as dragoon20005 said up there, an APU uses RAM as VRAM. Just get the same 8Gb Kit you got origionally and fill up all the Dimms.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the input. I might just do that. Also my friend had a GPU that he wasn't using and gave it to me. I believe its a Radeon HD 8570. Seems to be working well.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, that seems like a good option, try the RAM option, if that doesnt work to your standards than go with the card. Sorry for the late reply.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Or you could of did this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lvh3XL

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I would not put my computer into the hands of that power supply, no matter how little a draw it may have.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

I suggest that you go with an AMD Athlon X4 860k with something like a cheap gtx 750 ti. It's slightly more expensive, but provides more performance than an APU. Still and impressive build.

  • 57 months ago
  • -2 points

Um...I think you forgot a GPU (just joking, you probably ordered it and it hasn't been delivered yet :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

He's running an APU, which has almost discrete-level graphics integrated into the "cpu" chip. Besides, judging from his description he's not doing too much gaming yet.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly, no GPU needed it's built into the mother board with hdmi, I have an Xbox one for gaming on. BUT I do have the ability to add one later if needed.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

try to OC the RAM to 2000MHz and above

the iGPU part of the APU uses the system RAM as VRAM

the faster the MHz, the better fps you get

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you learn something new every day.