Description

Well, the title pretty well describes this build. With a few things I already had (hard drive, Windows, and DVI cable) and a sweet deal on the HD 7850 off Craigslist in like-new condition, this computer is a beast for the price. I would have to say, it's pretty much downright impossible to get a better computer than this for the price. I do plan on doing upgrades in the future (SSD, CPU cooler, GPU), but I am 15 and don't have a steady job, so income is really limited. Overall, I am happy with this build, especially after using old Dell business laptops and a Dell Inspiron 660S. It does all I need it to do: recording, editing, rendering, and encoding programming videos, as well as some light gaming (Minecraft, SimCity, and a couple others) and of course normal stuff like schoolwork and programming. I also forgot to mention that I had a 23" 1080p AOC monitor and a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse. I also got a Sentey Vibros Headset for $30 on Amazon, so I have all the peripherals. So, conclusion: a great first build, everything was very easy to build and set up, and I can't wait to continue creating, playing, and upgrading.

Part Reviews

CPU

A great budget CPU, especially when it's on sale on Amazon. Only criticism is it runs a little warm on the stock cooler and the BIOS of my motherboard read the temps way off (maybe that's the Mobo's fault).

Motherboard

A nice, little board with all the basic features. No USB 3.0 and didn't read my CPU's temps properly. Overall, great for a budget FM2+ build.

Memory

It's RAM, it's Crucial. There's 1 8GB stick of it. 'Nough said.

Video Card

A great GPU for the price I got it for (Like-new on Craigslist). Maybe worth an upgrade later on, but a great starting point.

Case

A solid, sturdy, nice-looking case. Not tons of features, no USB 3.0, but it does have a Red LED fan and no-screw HDD and DVD drive installation (screws are required for 2.5" drives).

Power Supply

Can't really complain. It's Corsair, it's modular, and it was on sale when I bought it. Not a whole lot of room for future upgrades, but great for budget builds.

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Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

So, I forgot to mention, the temps are approximations. I recorded them with Core Temp for CPU and MSI Afterburner for GPU.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't listen to those temps usually with your athlon. Use amd overdrive and it'll give you a thermal margin instead. Those programs haven't worked well for me and most others.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, Core Temp seemed to give me pretty reasonable temps, especially for a hot-running CPU with the stock cooler. I don't completely understand the concept of thermal margins. Does it subtract the CPU temp from 80C or what?

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this your first build from scratch? If it is it's nice in style and performance for the price. Might want to redo the cables if you can, if you can't that's fine. Also you might want to upgrade that psu if you are going to get a better graphics card.

Also how does the Athlon X4 860k working for you? I am going to build a computer with this processor, do you have any advice for the processor?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It is my first build from scratch. Everything other computer I've used has been store-bought. I've been working on the cables some, but it's gonna take some practice to get them right. I definitely thought about the PSU, even with the GPU I have it was close. The 860K is nice, especially for editing videos. The 4 cores are why I chose it over the G3258. I mentioned this in my parts reviews, but the motherboard I have reads the temps wrong (70C idle), so I used Core Temp. I might get a different cooler, because the one it comes with has pre-applied thermal paste, which can't be good, but other than that, I'm liking it really well.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I think AMD processors tend to read temps wrong, something to do with the way they compute it I think, but I might be wrong.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. I thought it was just my motherboard. Like I said, Core Temp gave me the right temps, so it was okay.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I have done a lot of research on it and it's the best bang for the price with a air cooler called Cool Master 212 Evo for beginners. That is what I am going with. Here is a link to my build if you would like to make any suggestions. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CaptainEMP/saved/jyDv6h

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty good. At first look, I was gonna say "an 860K in a $900 build?!?!" but then I saw the peripherals and that it works out to around $700 for the computer. The 860K balances really well with the R7 370, quite a bit better than with my HD 7850. The 2x4 RAM was a good choice. I didn't do that because my motherboard only has 2 RAM slots. Maybe a bit much to spend on a motherboard for the FM2+ platform with very little upgradeability. Now, if it was an LGA 1150 motherboard with the G3258, it would be a different story because of the many upgrade options with that platform. Overall, in my opinion, a pretty solid build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

The motherboard supports crossfire (PCI-E 3.0 8x in crossfire of two graphics cards, one graphics card will have the full 16x speed. ) so I will add a second R7 370 along with some more ram and 2 more monitors later on.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, that makes sense, especially for a 3 monitor setup.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The x4 860k is definitely an underrated cpu (I'm not the only one to say this just since I have one). It'll oc nicely with a basic aftermarket cooler (like a CM 212 EVO for $20), and runs games great with decent gpu

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree completely. It's an amazing CPU and I can't wait to get a different cooler to OC. That and an SSD are my first planned upgrades.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

So I worked for a while on cable management. I think it does look better now, but it's still not perfect. I left the one old picture of the cables for comparison.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you use this with wifi only and not Ethernet

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately no, but you can get a Wireless AC USB or PCI Express x1 adapter for not that much extra.

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/wireless-network-card/#sort=a6&page=1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I'm looking to build a pc with the same mobo and cpu, is the stock cooler enough for it's heat? And how's the bios setting for the mobo?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any problems with the stock cooler, although I would not try overclocking with it. I don't know what kind of bios settings you're looking for, but I think it's pretty nicely laid out with lots of options. If you need a specific setting, you can download the manual here.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thank you! I'm just looking for a simple guided out bios setting. I'm nit lookung to OC right now, but will in the future. Is thr HyperMaster evo 212 good for cololing on this cpu? i'm looking to get it when I have a little extra bucks to spend on.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't used it, but I think it should work pretty well. That's the one I plan on getting in the future when I want to OC.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my, my spelling was so horrendous, sorry bout that. :3

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a highly rated PSU. It has 4.6 stars on here, 4 eggs on Newegg, and 4.4 stars on Amazon. It hasn't given me any problems so far and I'm happy with it. If I upgrade the GPU, for sure I'm going to get a different one, but for now it's fine.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I'm not getting into an argument here. I've obviously already bought it and I don't have money to replace it now, even if I wanted to. It is what it is and nothing can change that now.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, didn't think so. :D