Wow! Nicely done, I like the simplicity and the cable management.
I clearly stated that the case came with two preinstalled fans and I added another LED one to each case.
I paid $60 when I built this in 2014.
Are you daft? This build was done in February of 2014!!!! Of course it's not relevant in 2018 genius!
I'm sure there are a few, lol. I've put Sapphire RX 560 2GB cards in them and they are still running like a champ!
Ahhhh, the cycle of technology. I really like where AMD is going with their new lineup for the budget builder. I have since put Sapphire RX 560 2GB cards in and they are still going strong!!
I built them as a surprise for them based on the colors they wished their PC's would be. I appreciate your attempt at telling me I lack parenting skills. Anyone can build a PC, so them needing to watch at the age they were at the time is irrelevant.
You do realize the prices listed were from 2014 right? That's when these were built. I'm sure RAM is cheaper now, lol.
I couldn't figure out how to manually enter the prices I paid for each piece, so price listed doesn't show the whole story. Sorry about that! Any tip would be greatly appreciated!! Also keyboard/mouse was a combo in the same box but it's not listed as such.
If referring to a card that would fit into this case, there are a few cards that would fit the bill. Starting at the top would be the R9 Nano on down to GTX 750ti which would be as low as I would go. Middle of the road the Sapphire Nitro R9 380 ITX would be a good choice.
Thank you! Yes, it was a sad day when the laptop hit that pavement. She is thrilled to finally have her own real PC.
Got them for about $38 each.
Maybe because that card isn't compatible with dual graphics. OP most likely used APU until he could afford a dedicated card, not that hard to understand.
Both machines have 8gb ram now. They are running great!
seeing as to how he built this in June of 2014 and the card you mentioned didnt hit the market until September of 2014, I'm guessing thats why he didn't go that route. Maybe. Unless he has secret powers to have grabbed the cards early. Anyway, there ya go.
The card plays every game they have just fine. The cost of a 750 would have added an additional $110 per PC. Sure it would add more performance, but they boys arent playing games that require it. At their ages they play Lego games, Minecraft and stuff. I had a budget of $500-550 including OS and the machines run well for the money I spent. An i5 was not in the budget, hard to beat a $60 quad core. They both have 1080p monitors now and all games they play run perfectly at that res.
Yes, very nice case!
I believe they are 3 pin, mother board controls speed. They will be noticeable at full speed for sure.
The case fans are extremely quiet. The only fan that is noticeable is the CPU cooler fan for the most part.
I had it on a piece of pink foam that was on top of the bag.
They were only on carpet for pictures. They are raised off the carpet, lol.
Except for the additional space maybe? I guess I am missing the point of saving $10 and getting half the gigs. Plus the few games they play regularly are installed on the SSD. But if saving money is more important, go for it! I personally would and did spend the extra few bucks.
I don't really see how a 30-32gb SSD is of any real value. They are $39+, and I was able to buy a 60gb for $49. Double the space for an additional $10 seemed like a no brainer for me! Saving $10 dollars just isn't worth it.
Well bud, on your list you left out a CPU cooler and a graphics card to get you to the 170+ FPS I am able to achieve with my build. I will give you kudos for trying though! But hey man, if that's the build for you, go for it! Everyone has different needs when it comes time to build their systems. Oh and I can always sell the cards, and considering how much less I paid than what most sites are asking, even $20-30 bucks each wouldn't be bad! I'd like to see you uncouple your GPU and sell it. Have a good day.
Going for any APU build in my opinion is a waste of money. Why spend the extra money for the integrated graphics when a seperate card will always perform better? That APU is more than what I paid for CPU and GPU, and I'm hitting 170+FPS. Even if you disable the onboard, you essentially wasted money on a feature you don't need. I would rather save a little more money and look at better parts than settle for an APU. Another con on that route is the need for faster RAM as well to make good use of the onboard graphics. Do a search on RAM speeds needed for APU's and you will soon see how this isn't a very cost effective build.
I also started a build with an i3 but decided that for the price, I wasn't getting a very good return. I went with AMD over the i3 for a number of reasons. First the price, I knew I could build a decent setup for the cost of an i3 on its own. For the $130 of a dual core, I was able to buy the CPU, graphics card and the CPU cooler. Second it's a quad core that can be overclocked very easily if needed. Also since my boys are 7-8, by the time they are allowed to play the games you listed (when they are old enough to drive), I will have probably built them new machines that are way more capable than this build. I liked the speed of the i3, but for the price of what AMD is offering, I went that route. At 130 for a CPU alone, I didn't really consider that a "budget" build.
Thanks for the kind words! I wanted to build something for them that removed the frustration factor and could take a few upgrades down the road.
No, I like the idea of separate drives. If one fails the entire system isn't sunk this way.
I did toy around with an APU build originally, but the cost of the A10-7850k just wasn't an option. I wanted max performance on a budget, and at $180 for it, I was basically able to buy more performance with a CPU/GPU combo. I like what AMD is doing with the new chips, but for scalability, your best bet is CPU+GPU seperately. I didn't want the headache of trying to do dual graphics down the road either.
Glad you liked it! I was just concerned when I saw that Minecraft used practically all 4 megs! Might be able to max draw distance with 8. The boys won't notice, but I will. They are just so excited that these don't overheat and shut down like their old ones.
No, since the machines are for 7 & 8 year old boys. I don't need any thing complicated for them and have personally never been a fan of Linux.
I am planning on getting another kit once the PC fund has a little more coin in it. Then I will pair back up the original chips! Had a budget to stick to and didn't want to buy single channel knowing I would do that later.
Thanks! Glad you liked the builds.
I bought them at Microcenter. I dont know how they sell them so cheap, but it was worth the 30min drive to grab them!