First of all, thanks to the fellas in the forum that helped me making this rig. If you guys want to check that thread, it's here:
Initially, I wanted to build an office desktop for less than $400, for working, some photo editing, etc. Although I thought I wouldn't use it for playing games, I wanted to leave the door opened to getting a discrete graphic card in the future (doing Crossfire with the iGPU or using just a new graphic card).
Finally, I made the rig for $439 ($498 after California taxes). Taking into account the monitor, the cost was $543 ($580 after California taxes). The components are:
- AMD A10-7870K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor. On sale, $104 ($111.80 after CA taxes). Amazon.
I do like this AMD APUs with a R7 integrated graphic card. Power consumption was a priority for me, and that's why I chose this design instead of FX/Athlon/i3 + discrete graphic card.
- Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D ATX FM2+ Motherboard. $82, ($88.14 after CA taxes). Newegg.
I wanted this combination in the MoBo; latest chip (A88x) + memory 2400Mhz or higher + Crossfire capable. This Biostar is the cheapest non-ASRock Mobo I could find. I like its look and it's performing well. In the BIOS I had to set up the XMP to make the RAM working at 2400MHz, the fan control (because by the default all fans work at 100%), disable the XHCI controller to make the USB 3.0 ports work and enable AHCI to ensure the SSD is working at super speed mode.
- G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory. $40 (including a $5 discount code), $43 after CA taxes. Newegg.
Good brand, speed and price. Take into account that APUs work best with memory over 2133MHz!
- Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive. $75 (including a $5 discount code), $80.61 after CA taxes. Newegg.
Probably one of the best SSD options around.
- Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case. $30 (including a $15 mail rebate), $33.36 after CA taxes. Newegg.
I love this case, it looks good with its red frontal fan and side window. UPDATE: I got on ebay another red frontal case fan (A1225M12S), just to complete the look
- EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply. $55 (including a $25 mail rebate), $55 after CA taxes. Newegg.
Way more than I need, even if I get a discrete graphic card in the future. But hey, it's a great PSU and I got it for an excellent price!
- Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer. $20.48. Amazon
Just a regular DVD reader, good reviews.
- Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter. $33, $35.46 after CA taxes. Amazon.
The one that everybody gets.
- Acer KN242HYL 60Hz 23.8" Monitor. $104 ($10 price match gift card included), $112.24 after CA taxes and fee.
Great price for an IPS monitor. Clean design with integrated speakers, but just 2W, pretty useless.
- Logitech K350 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard.
It was a present from my father-in-law. I like the padding, but I am not getting used to its curvy shape.
- Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse It was a combo with the keyboard. I like it, but it's not anything special.
Thought 1: I am pretty happy with my rig. It boots in 6 seconds and windows 10 works smoothly. I got almost everything on sale, with discount coupons or mail rebates, so I think the final price is pretty good.
Thought 2: This design is pretty questionable. I could have chosen a FX/Athlon/i3 + discrete graphic card, that offers a better performance, for almost the same amount of money. Also, I guess the power consumption would be pretty similar.
Thought 3: I could have paid $15 more for an Asus A88X-PRO MoBo. It seems it is the best FM2+ MoBo you can use for overclocking.
Thought 4: If I finally want to play with OC, I will need a better fan. I am seriously considering to purchase a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO...UPDATE! I got it! Now when I am bored I can start learning about overclocking...
Thought 5: I might get a MSI R7 250 for $45, getting a boost on FPS when pairing it with my iGPU. But Crossfire is not as great as I thought, it only works with certain games and this performance is far from a CPU+discrete card config.
Thought 6: The mail rebates were easy and faster than I thought.
Final thought: Remember when I said I was not gaming with this computer? A few weeks ago, I installed Fallout 4 because I just wanted to check the performance...well, I am playing it almost everyday (I get over 30FPS using 1600*900 resolution, low detail and AS off) so I guess I made the wrong rig hahahaha!
Probably the best APU you can get. If you are not a gamer, this CPU will be more than enough with its R7 integrated graphic card.
I got it for $104 before taxes.
Great price and performance. 16ºC cooler than mi AMD A10 7870K retail fan when working at top rpm.
Difficult to install, take it into account if you are not handy!
Good MoBo. It has an a88x chipset, supports 2600Mhz memory and Crossfire. It looks pretty good too!
It loses 1 star because the download links in the support page wasn't working. I had to tell it to the support guys.
I got it for $82 before taxes.
Good brand, speed and price. Excellent option for AMD APUs.
I got it for $40 before taxes.
Probably one of the best SSD options around.
I got it for $75 before taxes.
I love this case, it looks good with its red frontal fan and side window.
I got it for $30 before taxes.
Great PSU, powerful and good quiality.
I got it for $55 before taxes.
Just a regular DVD reader, it does its job.
Wireless Network Adapter
It works well. Fast and stable connection.
Nice pad and features. Easy set up, stable bluetooh connection.
You have to get used to the curvy shape.
It does its job. Easy set up, stable bluetooh connection.