Description

This build was designed by me when I realized I had no money but really wanted to join the PCMR. I scrapped up just enough cash to build a pretty decent system. It comes with AMD's newest, top-of-the-line APU paired with 8GB of 2400MHz RAM to increase performance (APU's thrive on your RAM, higher frequency is better in this case). The APU actually comes with AMD's Wraith cooler. That is essentially AMD apologizing for all the horrible stock coolers. Thus, the Wraith cooler is silent but runs cold. (Get it? Wraith?) The PSU leaves you with enough room to slap in a moderately powerful card later.

BENCHMARKS

Skyrim: Ultra at 45 FPS average

Grand Theft Auto V: Low at 43 FPS average

Witcher 3: Low at 34 FPS average

Games like LoL, Rocket League, Dota 2, and other MMOs or MOBAs run at Max Settings at >60 FPS

THIS BUILD IS MEANT FOR YOU TO ADD A GRAPHICS CARD LATER ON. I WOULD RECOMMEND AN RX 470, RX 480, or GTX 1060. I WENT WITH THE 1060, AM GETTING AROUND 40-60 FPS IN WITCHER 3, ALL MAXED OUT.

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing performance for an APU. Use with high frequency RAM.

Memory

Inexpensive memory with high frequency.

Storage

Never get any other HDD. This is the best hard drive for the money.

Case

Tower with plenty of room for a large card. Surprisingly good quality. Plenty of room for cable management in the back panel.

Power Supply

Would rate 10/10 has not yet exploded.

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 5 points

When you want upgradeability, you typically go for Intel Processors.

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/vWzkf8

This build features an LGA1151 Socket Size and a Z170 Motherboard ideal for upgrading.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Minimum core count for GTA 5 is a 4 core CPU (or at least 2 core with hyper threading). Get your point about intel upgradeability at this point in time since AMD will likely phase out the FM2 chipset soon for AM4 but the op may not have been able to put an i3 setup for his budget.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

An i3 6320 is 150 dollars. and the i3 6100 is 110 dollars.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Good point, hadn't appreciated they had come down so much. So with Z170 mobo combined with an i3 6100 looking at £180 rather than £174. Only problem is that I believe the APU has better graphics than the i3 for the ops temporary gpu. To be honest I would have gone skylake and moved heaven and earth to get a gpu (or waited), otherwise waited to see what Zen could offer.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You can run gta v with a dual core. I forgot how but you definitely can... also the g4400 would have left you with enough money to buy a gpu that crushes the igpu on your a10. Also the upgrades for the old and platforms are stopping when am4 comes out... btw the g4400 plays games about the same as your a10.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build! 1+. More pix?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Sensible rig to get you started on a budget. Out of interest how long did you leave it until you upgraded your graphics from the APU to the 1060?

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really cool!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to see the wraith cooler!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

would I be able to run minecraft with this build?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I ran it without mods at 200FPS with highest settings

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Weirdly enough my build will look almost exactly like yours... Great minds think alike? Although i do have one question. How tight of a fit was it on the motherboard?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard fit in with plenty of room to spare. That's because it's a Mini-ATX mobo and a Mid Tower.