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Small Room; Small Budget

by toot1231

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 26, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

Description

I needed something small and could play the games that I wanted to play for a really low amount of money but, I wanted it to be up gradable so the case was my first choice.

The Coolermaster Elite 110 case gets the job done perfectly. It was the cheapest mItx case and is really compact and just perfect for everything I was using plus it fits a normal power supply and a 2 slot gpu incase I want to throw in a GPU in the future.

The next thing I purchased was the hard drive and ram from a friend who had some spare so I gave him 15$ for both the 2x4GB 1600mhz crucial ram and the 500gb hard drive.

After that a few weeks went by and I found the Rosewill Stallion 400w on sale for 29$ + a 10$ MIR so I pounced on it good deal works great. I like Rosewill a lot they have never let me down. Will be surely good enough for a 750 ti or even an RX 460 if I plan to get one.

My choice on the APU took a while at first I found the a8 7600 on ebay with stock cooler for only 52$ so I was really tempted on that but, about 5 minutes later I found on Hardware Swap an a10 7860k for only 60$ that didn't come with the stock cooler so I was like that will surely play what I want I only play LoL, Gw2, CSGO, GTA V and other low demanding games. So I bought that and got the cheapest cooler I could find and suprisingly enough this cooler holds a stable overclock of 4.0ghz turns my A10 into a real 860k same physics score in 3D Mark now.

Then I bought the cheapest mitx mobo I could find it was the Asrock FM2+ mini itx mobo. works fine and overclocks nicely.

The keyboard and mouse I bought are wireless since I didn't want cords everywhere they are not Logitech its a generic brand and they are terrible but they will get the job done for now.

My monitor is very small and its only 1280 x 800 its one I've had for ages from an old COMPAQ i bought in like 2008 so It goes great with my APU.

Really pleased with this PC and the price will most likely put a dedicated GPU in at some point down the road if I need it.

BENCHMARKS: GTA V - Normal Preset 1280 x 800 - 35 - 50FPS (I just Half vsync it so its locks at 30fps) CSGO - Med Settings 1280 x 800 Dust 2 Compet - 100+ fps Rocket League - Med Settings 1280 x 800 - 60fps Guild Wars 2 - Max settings 1280 x 800 - 30fps I just lock it using the ingame 30fps cap


I tried playing Battlefield 1 but sadly I deemed it unplayable it was about 17 - 25 fps all low on a 64 player server Ive heard people with faster ram being able to play it but, idk maybe mine didn't install right or something but it was unplayable no matter the setting or resolution

EDIT: 3/13/2017 Gave the PC to my sisters boy friend as I went and built my self something better. He has been playing it like crazy so nothing went to waste he said it was struggling with some games so I bought an R7 260x to put in it. Now plays everything just fine. He mainly plays Black Ops 3 and CSGO.

Part Reviews

CPU

Love this I got this for 60$ used and it was able to play games at 720p no problem what so ever and it just blows my mind that iGPU's are this good nowadays I remember trying to play games like Quake with the ATI Xpress 200 iGPU in the mid 2000's and it was impossible to play anything. So I mean I pretty much got an 860k + R7 240 for 60$ Easily runs the popular games (CSGO, DOTA, LoL, WoW) and can surprise you with other games as well. Great purchase.

CPU Cooler

Cheap and is better than an AMD stock cooler. Seems very cheaply built but, for 9$ who cares really haha. It works

Motherboard

Worked and overclocked nice

Case

Amazing case, my favorite part of the build

Power Supply

good PSU for the price and Rosewill has been a reliable company for me. Rosewill is very underrated for PSU's have used 4 so far and never had any issue

Wireless Network Adapter

Cheap and works for the most part it does drop connection depending on where I have my PC set though.

Comments Sorted by:

ajpinton 11 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Really good budget build, I would love to see more pics. Its nice to see a decent APU build again.

SpaceButterfly 1 point 11 months ago

I am thinking of recreating this build but with a 750ti thrown in, what do you mean by APU build (still knew to PC building)

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

An APU is a special kind of processor, AMD is the only current brand making them. An APU has a beefed up integrated graphics processor that is far more powerful than that of any other normal processor, however it is nothing when compared to a standalone GPU. If you add a GPU the intergrade graphics part of the APU will turn off and it will function like a traditional CPU all be it a bit weaker than a normal CPU, many people build with an APU to later add a GPU when on a budget. You will see a performance gain by adding a 750ti though I would honestly suggest trying to get a RX460 or GTX1050 over the 750ti, they should be about the same price.

I think the iGPU (integrated GPU) in your APU is a R7-250 but don't hold me to that. That is a low end GPU from 2 generations back (you have the 200 series with cards like the R7-250 , 300 series with cards like the R9-380 and currently the 400 series with the RX460/470/480), they don't want to put anything really high end in the iGPU or it will cannibalize their GPU market. Keep in mind that a R7-250 is still better than any normal iGPU. A stand alone R7-250+CPU will out preform the A10 in gaming due to the GPU having access to DDR5 RAM where your APU uses DDR3, but this is getting in to the nitty gritty details. Suffice to say if you want to overclock your RAM you will get a decent performance boost out of the APU since your graphics are running off of system memory and faster equals better.

You normally see APU builds as either budget builds or small form factor builds as you don't need a GPU for midrange gaming. This is why you have good frame rates on the games you play, if you had a normal CPU (Phenom, FX-####, Celeron, Pentium, i3/5/7) without a GPU your games would be on low settings with frames in the 30's as best.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Small pic resolution, too

haha jk +1

gamingnoah 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Cool budget build. Getting faster ram for this APU will definetely increase performance, there are plenty of videos on youtube explaining this so I would take a look if I were you. You could also get an r7 240/250 and run it in crossfire with your APU for utilizing its max potential.v However adding a budget GPU like the rx 460 or gtx 1050(ti) would be a great option but i's much more expensive.

Anyway, awesome build.

Weeaboo_Slayer 1 point 11 months ago

Nice Build. I used to have my setup on my drawer. ;-)

Somerando 1 point 11 months ago

Neat PC. You should look at the GTX 1050Ti. It's a $150 graphics card and can run Battlefield 1

toot1231 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

1050ti is way too pricey for its performance the RX 470 is just a better buy .-. im thinking of something more like a used 950 if I was going for the green team or a new RX 460 on the red team since they are so cheap and power efficient either one will do fine

toot1231 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

thanks everyone for the kind words and advice haha i do plan on down the line adding some type of GPU but as of now its playing everything i throw at it.

ill get more pics just my phone is terrible at photos

imloppie 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I saw this built a little late but you can always go into your bios overclock that ram to 2133 at least. Then share 2 gb ram with your gpu and also overclock that gpu clock. There are a ton of videos on youtube that you can watch to get the most out of your processor.

The difference in your gaming fps (especially in bf1) will improve greatly.

TrYeX 1 point 9 months ago

The 5400 rpm harddrive is slow cause its 5400 rpm

toot1231 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

yea i know lol. it was only 5$ though so who cares xp