Description

Wife and kid were rocking the AMD A6-7400 i had acquired to toy around with. The wife does YouTube and Facebook, nothing demanding. The kid wanted to start getting into light gaming, Minecraft, GTA 4 and i got her Skyrim for Christmas and setup a Steam account for her. Of course the APU couldnt handle the gaming but did fine for internet use, so i threw together some extra parts i had lying around, snagged the 860k and gave them my R9 280 when i upgraded.

860k - Excellent budget quad core for medium gaming, saw it on sale around the holidays and couldnt say no.

Hyper 212 - Barely fit in the case, was actually flagged as not able to fit in this case but it did, another mm or two and it wouldnt have, had it lying around so figured why not.

MB - This MB has been in a couple small builds ive done and knew it was reliable, shes had this same motherboard with her APU and it does fine, can handle small overclocks and the UEFI is nice.

RAM - Had the faster ram for the APU and was going to do the A10-7850k but ended up selling the 7850k to a friends wife for her WoW build, so faster ram for no other reason.

HDD - I hate this HDD, i have a strong disdain for Seagate and dont feel like going through the hassle of swapping over Windows to a better drive or SSD, plus the wife and daughter dont complain so whatever man, dont buy this, slow as molasses.

GPU - Love AMD, best bang for the buck. Plays Skyrim, Minecraft, GTA 4 and everything else ive thrown at it without breaking a sweat.

Case - Leftover from a previous build i did for a guy, he liked it but couldnt come up with the cash so i broke it down and parted it out. its ok, nothing to write home about.

PSU - Leftover from a previous build, needed something ASAP and Best buy had it in stock for me to go pick up, no complaints other than its not modular.

Part Reviews

CPU

A competent quad core CPU suitable for budget gaming

CPU Cooler

Does its job and does it damned well

Motherboard

No issues so far, UEFI is nice, suitable for small overclocks

Video Card

Best bang for the buck, love it

Case

The side bevel is nice for cable management

Power Supply

Hasn't caught fire yet, wish it were modular, Best Buy stocked locally so i mean there's a plus

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 For helping me. My friend says that Seagate is the best HDD brand. How ever, I say that western digital is better. WD Caviar blue drives are quite good actually, they are quiet and also have a smooth design. I bought a Seagate and it just look like a Generic Drive from a 2001 PC. Also it changes prices so freaking often! Changed from 40 dollars to 100 dollars :0. I recommend you getting a Caviar Blue.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

WD is the better brand, but for some reason I always find Seagate drives to be great when in an external setup. I took my 3TB external and use it in my build but I'm going 500GB SSD and 3TB WD when I upgrade just for stability! I mean, both my seagate drives are at least 5 years old!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Casual Minecraft Player! You heathen! use that PC for some Hardware benchmarks and REAL gaming!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Shiiit, it's for the wife and kid, plus the other hardware isn't top notch IMO. Perhaps I'll make another one as a toy with better internals.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Inform me when you do m9 I would love to MLG 420 blaze it with you one day while we eat Doritos & drink Mountain Dew :3

  • 44 months ago
  • 5 points

this comment is 12 months old and it still gave me cancer thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, id like to see it run Minecraft now. With raytracing

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

heads up on the HDD if it hisss loudly and I mean louder then your fans this means its about to die

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

And when it does im going to go all Office Space on its ***, might even use it as target practice. I've got her backing everything up to the NAS.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got a Seagate external drive going bad too. I'm hearing more bad things about them than anything lately.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

WD all the way man.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

And I keep hearing nothing but good from them. Can you tell me what the differences are between the blue, green, black, etc..? I've never been able to discern that myself.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it has to do with the RPM and cache iirc.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Fire* :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh yes. Their website says the green rpm is Intellipower, which, from what I've heard, runs equal to a 5400rpm drive. And the black series just has higher capacity options all with 64mb cache, as opposed to the varying smaller blue options.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the Seagate Barracuda and it's working great. You probably just got a bad product.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You're probably right

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That R9 280 won't even break a sweat on anything other that Skyrim that you've mentioned! Good build though.

At the moment my build is the same though, 7 or 8 year old games run excellently on new hardware! Who'd have thought :-)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I just bought the gigabyte version of the 280 and I'm scared the 860k will bottleneck it. it's currently overclocked right now at 4.2 will that be enough? or should i try to overclock it a bit more?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

no man you should be solid!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a very nice build good job! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad. A bit beefy for being a computer dedicated to Facebook and browsing though, but still not bad.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe you got a bad drive. I have the exact same one and it works perfectly for me, I boot up in about 15-20 seconds which includes a bunch of programs that startup alongside the OS. I know this is nothing compared to an SSD and I don't know who would compare an hdd to an ssd but it's one of the fastest hard drives I've used. If your looking for something faster get a WD Black. It is also silent which leads me to believe yours is faulty since you mentioned it was loud.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You're probably right, never had good luck with Seagate, everything is backed up.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That's good, the backing up part.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Buying an i3 without a CPU cooler or a G3258 with a CPU cooler would give you better performance for both gaming and general use.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get this thing higher than 4.2 ghz or still having probs with vdrop?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Still having problems with the vdroop, not sure if it's bad lottery or bad mouthparts, but won't risk it with their build. Will wait for the 870k and make a ticketing machine ;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

I got a wicked case of vdroop from this girl I met online who had bad mouthparts. Went to the urgent care, they gave me an ointment. and it cleared that vdroop right up.

10/10 would okcupid again

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Do you know when the 870k will be released?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get mine past 4.2GHz as my mobo doesn't allow and Overdrive keeps crashing.. If you find something let me know :(

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

funny you mention that, i cant get my FX-6300, 8320E, or 860k above 4.2Ghz STABLE... thinking it's my choice of motherboards.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Getting it past 4.2GHz is a bit of a hurdle... I couldn't do it on the mobo or Catalyst Control Center.

As soon as I tried AMD OverDrive (meant for the FX series), I was able to adjust voltage, and get it up to 4.3GHz.

I'm getting a Hyper 212 Evo to keep and cool and then I'll continue on the route to 4.5GHz..

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

good luck brother

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hai, I tried to make my own version of your build and I keep getting the compatibility issue: 'Some AMD A88X chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Kaveri CPUs.'

I kept the CPU & the Mobo, did you need to update the BIOS?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I always update the bios and seeing as it had the A10-6800k in it previously I had no issues, whether it will work with the shipped bios is unclear, I would think so though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, if you don't mind, could you tell me how to update the BIOS properly?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Dont worry about that m9...the motherboard sold to you is supposedly new and you can update the BIOS through downloading the files in the manufacturer's website :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx bro :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No Problem M9 always happy to help a fellow MLG quickscoper out :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

:D 420 blazeit

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

MLG!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, how much FPS do you get on minecraft? (I'm thinking of making a similar rig to this)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't say for certain, I haven't ran FRAPS while she has been playing, but the presets are maxed out and it looks pretty smooth.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay good, that reassuring :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

no..the question should be can it run minesweeper on 1 Billion FPS...then I would call this rig "BEAST"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How about Minesweeper with ray tracing?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

minecraft, whoa, hardcore gaming

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

She prefers GTA 4, but Minecraft is a nice relaxation game

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the same the same cpu and thinking of getting the 280 but i was looking around online and people have been saying that it will bottleneck the gpu. should i go for a 270x instead or try the 280 while maxing out my oc

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

There will always be a bottleneck in a system, whether its the GPU, CPU, Hard Drive or PSU. i say get the best you can afford. i do recommend watching this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgpvWc4VBM

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is a Sapphire Radeon 270x 2GB worth it? Or should I go with a 4GB?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

at the rate of graphical limits being pushed, id say go for a 4 gig card

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this build work or shoukd i swap the 270x with a 280 ? PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kMR4kL) / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $71.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock FM2A78 PRO3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $56.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.23 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.23 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card $168.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $13.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $99.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair CO-9050017-BLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Corsair CO-9050017-BLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $28.99 @ NCIX US
External Storage Western Digital Elements 1TB External Hard Drive $58.00 @ Amazon
Other Silverstone ps11 case Purchased For $49.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $679.77
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $659.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-08 18:56 EDT-0400
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

i think that is a solid gaming PC, but if you can swing the 3 gig R9 280 i would strive for it

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Will the cpu bottleneck the r9 280?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

not that i've noticed

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Was wondering what you think of this build. Any bottlenecks to worry about? What do you think my perfomance will be like? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A88M PRO3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $50.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $37.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.95 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $89.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case $33.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.45 @ OutletPC
Sound Card Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $22.99 @ SuperBiiz
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $34.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $534.21
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $474.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-30 09:11 EDT-0400
  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry i have been away, i think for the price that is a damned nice setup!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

wd looks better m8

  • 57 months ago
  • -2 points

man gta 4 is not light gaming the game is seriously unoptimized and i get 45fps max with my gtx 780ti with core i5 4670k overcoled to 4.4ghz

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

she plays at 60 fps no issues, tweak your settings if you're not getting the performance you want on your setup. And it is light gaming for her my friend.

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