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$260 Budget Workstation

by timothy1573

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4 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 15, 2017

Date Built

June 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.111 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

This is a budget workstation placed together with parts that were already lying around, made exclusively for a friend. The machine is intended for Blender Cycles GPU rendering. The only parts that I purchased were the CPU cooler, case, graphics card, and power supply. Cable management could have been better, but I guess it is good enough.

AMD A10-6700

This processor isn't exactly the best, especially with it being an APU. A graphics card is installed within the system, rendering the graphics portion of the package useless.

Cryorig M9a

This is the first time I had used a Cryorig cooler. Compared with the Hyper 212 Evo, this heatsink is marginally smaller. Even with the smaller dimensions, the included fan is still very quiet. The paste that comes with it is Cryorig's own CP15, a rather decent paste.

ASUS A55BM-A

The board contains a decent amount of SATA ports and utilizes high-quality Japanese capacitors. I expect it to last a long time.

8GB + 4GB Samsung DDR3-1600

I used Samsung branded RAM instead of the Patriots listed on the part list. What can I say? They work.

250GB Samsung 850 EVO

This is a drive I have been using in many computers. It works very well, even when limited to SATA II speeds.

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC 2GB

This card can be obtained for much less than the majority of the newer graphics cards. While this may not be as fast as the latest and greatest card, it is enough for compositing and 3D work in Blender.

Fractal Design Define R5

The case is pretty quiet. I am unable to hear even the loud EVGA ACX cooler on the graphics card. The case is a bit large, especially when I am not using a full ATX board.

EVGA 600B

This power supply works fine. While I am not too happy with the quality of the capacitors or the higher than (Seasonic) average ripple, it still stays within ATX specifications.

Windows 10 Home

Windows was already licensed on the board.

Comments Sorted by:

Trinergy 9 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Remove the lower drive cage so that bottom fan is unimpeded, which will allow more air to get to GPU.

PoeDomo 0 points 22 months ago

Why didn't you get an Athlon instead of the A-10?

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I think it's because "placed together with parts that were already lying around"

Synchro 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

He had it laying around....read the description