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When I initially built this system back in October 2016, I only purchased the CPU, mobo, RAM, and power supply; the rest being provided by an HP Presario pre-built PC (HDD, case, optical drive, fan). I settled on using an A10-7870k because its performance almost parallels an A10-7890k at a much lower price, especially when it's on sale, which is when I got it, and I paired the integrated r7 graphics with 8gb of 2133 memory to squeeze every bit of performance out of it. I didn't get 2400 memory mostly because the extra 267 megahertz doesn't really provide too much more preformance over 2133 memory for iGPU's and that my motherboard doesn't support 2400 memory anyway. I got that motherboard because MSI is a very good and reputable board manufacturer, it had all the features I needed at the time, like support for 2133 memory, it was mATX so it would fit into the HP case, and that I got it for only $5, thanks to Microcenter's $40 off deal when pairing compatible AMD CPU's and motherboards. Once Christmas 2016 came around, I was able to get the RX 470 at amazon.com for $169.99, and for what this card is, I was overjoyed. I also received the Logitech G230's on Christmas also, at a stupid high price of $50 at Best Buy, but that was because my parents just picked and grabbed the first set they found for $50, and because I didn't do my research on over ear headphones. They're a fine headset, sounds good for my inexperienced ears, only gripe is that the ear pads get uncomfortable after a long period of usage, but I can deal with it. Also received the case and keyboard later in January 2017, much needed upgrades for me. The case is everything I wanted; it supports ATX boards for my much-needed CPU upgrade in the future (which will probably be a Ryzen chip :P), also has fan mounts in front (x2 140mm), top (x2 120mm, filtered), back (X1 120mm), and bottom (X1 120mm, filtered by PSU filter), has USB 3.0 in front, HDD and SSD mounts that don't get in the way too much, and bulged side panels for crazy cable management room that I love, one panel w/ a window that's a little small and reflective (has a blue tinge to it in sunlight) for my taste, but it's a window none-the-less. Keyboard is also pretty good. RGB lighting is a big plus at this price point, has mem-chanical switches—in this case basically just membrane switches with fancy keycap mounting—that I dot mind, better than the old membrane I had anyway. Backlighting is really nice, very even color spread, backlights the keycaps and the space around, easy to use lighting controls, don't care for the three zones of light tho but Corsair made it work. Macro keys are also a good addition, even though I don't use them (yet). Overall, it's a good beginning PC for what I like to do (BF4, BF1, War Thunder, Rainbow Six Seige, GTA 5), but it has much needed upgrades coming soon. I want to replace the PSU because I'd like to get a better one from a more reputable company like Corsair or EVGA and the main cables (24-pin, CPU 4 or 8 pin, PCIe 6+2 pin) are not as long as I would like them for this case, just barely squeezed the 24-pin around the back and though the motherboard tray, and the CPU 4 pin has an 8-pin in-line with the cable, so it kind of gets in the way of the side panel. Also like to get an SSD, better CPU cooler (maybe and aio in the future), better case fans, more RAM (probably 16gb) when I get a new CPU, and a mobo that supports front USB 3.0 so I can use my front USB 3.0 ports on the case.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

You are a brave soul for setting that on the railing of your deck. Nice build though.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

You made the right choice with 470 brother ! 1+!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build! Are you able to crossfire your apu and gpu? if so I would be interested in seeing the benchmarks. +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, I can't crossfire the APU and GPU, it only works with the r7 200 series cards like the r7 240 and r7 250. I am curious what would happen if I do now that you got me thinking...XD

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice GPU Overclock :^]

I like the keyboard, GPU, motherboard, and case aesthetics. That's also some real nice RAM. I would be interested to see your firestrike score, too.

PS: Make sure to write some part reviews!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

unbelievable

are you really outside ? FULL HD nice !

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use to overclock?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

AMD Wattman for the GPU, AMD OverDrive for the CPU

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a rog rx480 and use asus gputech2 I know I know I have an apu and a gpu long story haha

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, I can't crossfire the APU with anything other than the r7 200 series, the best ones for dual graphics being the r7 240 and r7 250.

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