2/26/2016 Edit: I've downgraded to Windows 7 since I am passing this down to my mom, and since she knows Windows 7 more, I figured I'd make it easy for her. I'll keep updating the PC if I feel like it, but I feel I'm better off working on my main PC or building a new one completely.
1/22/16 Edit: I've added 3 pictures with the updated RAM, new HDD, and a back view of the case.
My first build ever, I've always had pre-builts but this time I wanted to build a new computer just see how it feels.
Went the budget route since I had no idea what I was going to use this for. Well, turns out that this bad boy uses way less power than my main PC so I'm using it during school semesters (I live at home, it helps with the bills), but when I'm on break I'll switch out again.
Will I upgrade this PC? If I have extra cash to spare I'd like to treat this PC to something nice, but I'll probably focus on my main PC from now on.
Case issues? No place to manage cables, had to stuff 'em into the drive bay or behind and under the drive bays.
I did have to dip in extra to get a 3.0 USB to 2.0 USB adapter since my MB doesn't have a 3.0 header, while the case has 2 front 3.0 USB ports. Its funny too, since the manufacturer of the case, Silverstone, also sells the adapter. I guess they take advantage of mistakes like the one I made. I didn't notice at the time too that PCPP warned me about the compatibility so I'm at fault here.
PC Issues? Too much to list, but mostly just struggling with different OS's, specially Linux. I tried Ubuntu at first, but it only gave me trouble by restarting in an infinite loop because of the APU (according to the Ubuntu forums). Gave up after messing with Ubuntu for 2 months and decided to set the PC aside, until I found out about Dreamspark a few weeks ago and got Windows 8.1.
I recently purchased a weak graphics card which was compatible with the CPU to use AMD Dual Graphics.
Despite what others think, it has helped improve the performance of several different games (CS:GO, Skyrim, Metal Gear Solid V, Dragon Age 2). However, when I started using Dual Graphics I suffered from a lot of micro-stuttering, thought I screwed up somewhere, but turns out this was due to AMD CCC having something called "Frame Pacing" on. (Frame pacing is under the dual graphics tab in 3D Application Settings in case anyone else is having this issue and is looking for a fix.)
Conclusion: Anyway, its been a year using this PC, was planning on uploading this at the time I built it, but I was having too many issues to bother. Finally got it to work and I have to say I'm impressed... I honestly forget that I'm using this Budget build instead of my main PC. Gaming wise, however, it's plenty obvious.
Pretty much what you'd expect from a dual-core, with the added bonus of an integrated GPU. Performance with the iGPU and dual graphics are great. I had some issues with stuttering, but was fixed by turning off Frame Pacing in the CCC. There was also Ubuntu (infinite restart loop issue), according to their forums it was the APU, either way I've since switched to Windows 8.1 and have had no problems.
BIOS is easy to use and have not had any issues with it. Wish there was a DVI port and a 3.0 header, but you get what you pay for.
Does what RAM does, looks nice and helps aid dual graphics even if only a little.
I usually stay away from PNY since their GPUs always cause my PCs to BSOD, however their storage items have always been good to me, this being one of them. No issues at all, Ubuntu (when I had it installed) and Windows recognized the SSD with no issues at all. Fast boot up times too.
Not exactly the greatest, but is good if you need extra display ports. I use this in dual graphics (with an A6-6400K) and I'm not entirely sure if its just me, but I really feel as if there is an improvement in performance (not big, but not small either). Either way, I was probably better off getting a better GPU and ignoring dual graphics overall. Still good imo.
Good looking and small, but some parts of the case don't align well with the hardware. My PSU, MB and its PCIe/PCI slots are not aligned correctly. No space for cable management, had to stuff my cables in the CD drive bay.
No issues with the PSU, thermaltake has always been good to me. I even have a 600W powering my main PC for 3+ years.
Wireless Network Adapter
Had issues with its initial setup (crashed my PC once launched or loaded at startup), but for some reason it worked all of a sudden and have had no issues.