Description

So soon I will be graduating from college and I will be moving into a smaller apartment where there is not much space. With the space restrictions I will not be able to bring my Main rig I use. So instead of going without a PC I decided to build a small, power efficient, and relatively powerful pc for under $400.

I bought the A8-7600 the big reason here is the ability to change the TDP between 65w and 45w in addition 4 cores is pretty nice for 75 dollars. I used a Arctic 64 GT cooler which can be had for less than 9 dollars on amazon and it is super quiet and cools up to 70w TDP. Initially I wanted to do a dual graphics solution but my initial experiments with the r7 240 and 250 in tandem with the A8-7600 I purchased for this build were unsatisfactory to say the least. I instead opted for a Low-profile GTX 750ti which I then proceeded to overclock it. I used a logisys CS6801 case because it was cheap and that is about it. I removed the Power Supply before it could have the chance to explode and replaced it with a 80+ 300w psu from FSP group which has been fantastic it is quiet, efficient, and affordable. Although, it is rather ugly but it has the performance I want. I picked up a cheap A58 FM2+ motherboard from ECS on amazon and it has performed wonderfully I also added little aluminum heat sinks to the VRMs on the motherboard just to be sure everything runs smoothly. I am using 16GB of RAM I found a DDR3-1600 dual channel kit from team elite for $55. I work in IT so I use plenty of RAM for VMs and remote work. I picked up 120GB ssd from corsair and a cheap 5400k Toshiba HDD off amazon for OS storage and data storage. Finally I bought I DVD drive for 12 bucks off of ebay and some silent 80mm fans for intake and exhaust.

This build runs great I am running two 900p displays and I am able to run all my games at that resolution at high at over 30 fps with most games averaging around 40. I get great performance for the price I paid. I can run games like XCOM2 , The Division (beta), and Atilla Total war around 30-40 fps at 900p. It also runs great as a media server.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic little "quad core" core less than $80. Its performance is good and it runs cool and efficient for a AMD based part

CPU Cooler

Its cheap, quiet, and cools sub 70W TDP chips .... enough said.

Motherboard

Very basic board lacks major features of its A68,78,88 brethren like USB 3, Sata 3, built in WIFI. It has the bare basics PCI-E 3.0 x16, Gigabit Ethernet, and UEFI Bios. Great for a budget build and for those who want simplicity.

Memory

Cheap RAM I have used it before. Does not support XMP but I just wanted capacity at a low price. I like it a lot and would recommend it to anyone who needs discount RAM.

Storage

It works and is sufficiently faster than a traditional HDD. Nothing special

Video Card

Ahh yes I love the 750ti apart from the r9 290 and the GTX 970 this card has a soft spot in my heart. The fact this thing is a low-profile card and does not require a power connector is awesome. Combined with the fact that this card is efficient and powerful and for me has run games like Star Citizen, Atilla Total war, and Ark survival evolved at playable framerates (30FPS +) makes this card and excellent choice for a tiny/affordable build.

Case

This case is nothing special it came with a junky PSU which I threw out. But it does have good airflow and is very affordable.

Optical Drive

Its a DVD combo drive.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cheap and compact pc. How did you attach the heatsinks to the vrms though? There doesn't seem to be any screwhole near them, and I can't see them in the pictures. Care to upload some pictures of the new heatsinks? :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I will upload some new pics of the heatsinks later today. The heatsinks I purchased have thermal adhesive already applied and it was simple as placing the heatsinks on the VRM. The VRMs are nice as they provide a little more stability if I ever wanted to do a overclock.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

you cant use non AMD GPUs in crossfire or whatever its called

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I've become enamored by tiny computer builds. I'd love to do an HTPC build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the power supply that came with the case be used with a Pentium g4500?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

depends on the whole build, not just the CPU

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Love the case. Is a very balanced-for-the-money build. Congrats.

Caroline.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you able to run GTA at 60fps on 1080p? Helping my friend with a build using similar case and graphics card. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/YCRMbj

also you said you threw out the PSU, what did you end up using?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

60 fps would be possible but definitely not at ultra...more like a mix of medium high with a 750ti. The low profile 750ti I used was perfect and provided an excellent experience.

I used a SFX power supply by FSP its an 80+ model from a reputable OEM manufacturer. Truth is it is a barebones model and nothing else but it works great and is silent.

https://www.amazon.com/FSP-Solution-Certification-Supply-FSP300-60GHS/dp/B004VF4R4U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1473379690&sr=8-2&keywords=FSP+300w

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think a regular ATX PSU would fit in the case with the build? Might be getting a semi-modular PSU for it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

No only a SFX PSU would fit it. The case is too narrow to hold a standard at PSU. Silverstone and FSP both make modular SFX PSUs if that is what you are looking for

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build!

But, I would change that ECS motherboard...

+1

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