Description

Was originally going to upgrade an old computer Compaq Presario CQ5600F (AMD Athon 170 II with 4GB of Ram) from 2010 which was painfully slow. Tried to upgrade to an SSD, and it helped make it open programs etc quicker, but was still pretty slow and couldn't really play internet videos. So I decided I would try and build a computer using some of the old parts (optical drive, HD, and Case).

I ordered the Mobo, Processor (got an APU instead of a CPU thinking I wouldn't want to get a GPU later on), and memory. Once I got that I put it together and I was amazed at the speed of it, however the stock CPU fan was way to loud, so I ordered the CPU cooler. Well that was too big for the case, and I didn't feel like cutting out a hole in the old case. Ordered a new case below. Well I tried gaming with the free game that came with the APU (Thief) on Steam and got a little addicted. Realized that the graphics on the A10-7700K couldn't really cut it (normal settings getting 24-32 fps). So I got a graphics card and a more powerful PSU.

Wish I knew what I wanted in the first place so I could have planned it a little better. Probably would have went with a different processor and mobo (one that crossfires in case I want to get another GPU).

3DMark Fire Strike result for this computer is 5141 (not valid since my drivers are beta).

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build m8 +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Yeah, knowing what you want and what it can do helps a lot....but that's how you learn. If you do get a GPU you 'could' get one that pairs well with you Kavari in Dual Graphics mode...but I don't think it is worth it.

If you want the most for your money don't worry about dual graphics. Just buy a decent GPU. There are a lot of videos about GPUs at different price points to help you decide.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I did do the research on the dual graphics and decided to go with a R9 270X since I didn't think the R7 240 or R7 250 would really make me happy with the graphics they could provide.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Good choice, that will play games pretty damn well.